To no surprise, the 2020 NBA Draft withdrawal deadline is getting pushed back, according to Shams Charania.
The NCAA and NBA are indefinitely postponing the NBA’s June 3 early entry withdrawal date for draft prospects.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 13, 2020
With the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the pre-draft process has been wiped out for prospects hoping to show NBA teams what they’re capable of, so the league is doing its best to try and remedy it.
Earlier this week, Charania reported that the NBA is exploring a new date for the NBA Combine, and they could potentially have a virtual combine instead.
Sources: The NBA has sent teams the ballots to vote on the prospects for the 2020 Draft Combine, which has been postponed indefinitely. League office is evaluating possible dates for Combine and potential virtual version.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 11, 2020
It’s good to see the NCAA and NBA are working together to at least try to salvage the pre-draft process. The Kentucky Wildcats alone have several prospects projected to be late second-round picks or even go undrafted. Having some sort of a combine could help them boost their stock enough to ensure they hear their names called at some point during the 60-pick draft, which is still set for June 25 but is expected to be delayed.
This also means Kentucky will have to wait longer to see what five-star recruit Makur Maker does. The top-25 recruit is considering Kentucky but is also testing the draft waters and doesn’t plan to make a decision until the withdrawal deadline.