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NBA Draft process being complicated due to Coronavirus

It’s going to be very challenging for prospects this year. Might that lead to more returnees?

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The NBA Draft process is going to be very challenging this year, and that includes the NBA Combine being in jeopardy, per report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Woj:

NBA VP Kiki VanDeWeghe sent a memo to NCAA coaches telling them that league’s accepting applications to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which gives feedback to players on potential draft stock. The pre-draft process remains murky amid crisis.

Players may have to make decisions on entering 2020 NBA Draft with reality that there could be no opportunity to audition for teams individually, or attend a combine. The unknown certainly extends to college underclassmen.

Based on those reports, players will not be able to workout individually for teams, and will not be able to hear feedback from those teams on where they stand in the draft, guarantees, etc. thus making the NBA Combine a no-go.

With no draft combine, that means players will have to decide on their own if they’re ready to make the leap to the pros, and NBA teams will have to draft solely on college or high school tape for an individual.

What does this mean for Kentucky Wildcats players? Truthfully, it could be good or bad. Someone who should go might stay, and someone who should stay might go, but that tends to happen every season.

At the end of the day, we should still expect Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards to leave for the NBA, while Ashton Hagans also appears ready to try his hand at the pros. The pre-draft process being watered down could, however, play a big factor in what Immanuel Quickley and EJ Montgomery decide to do.

We’ll see how all of this plays out.