Will they stay or will they go? Underclassmen coming up on declaration day

The basketball spring signing period begins next Wednesday. Not so coincidentally, the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is next Tuesday.

Well, sort of.

The NCAA’s deadline is April 10; the NBA’s deadline, though, is April 29.

Kentucky coach John Calipari is only focused on the NBA's deadline, not the NCAA date.
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The disparity in dates has led at least one prominent college coach to point out that the NBA’s date is the important one. That coach is Kentucky’s John Calipari, who is awaiting word from five of his underclassmen on whether they’re heading to the NBA.

Under the current system, a player could tell his school by April 10 that he is returning. He then could change his mind on April 28 and turn pro. The NCAA rule deals only with college eligibility, it has nothing to do with the NBA’s deadline. The one sure thing: If a player is positive he wants to play college ball next season, he has to make his decision by April 10.

Calipari told reporters recently that the NBA’s date is “the only one we’re going to think about. So if [players] want to wait to make a decision by the [29th] when they have to by the NBA, that’s when they’ll make it. … I don’t even know the other date, nor do I care.”

This is the first year of the new rule; the NCAA Division I Legislative Council adopted it last April. Last year, underclassmen had until May 8 to withdraw with their eligibility intact. One problem: NBA teams are prohibited from working out players before the league’s official release of draft-eligible underclassmen.

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Critics of the new rule point out that it’s extremely difficult for players to get any real feedback from NBA teams: There is a draft advisory committee, but because of the lack of workouts, those recommendations are guesswork.

Here’s a look at the underclassmen who have declared for the draft, are still considering it or have decided to remain in school.

Arkansas

G B.J. Young: Declared for draft

Connecticut

C Andre Drummond: Undecided
G Jeremy Lamb: Declared for draft

Baylor

F Perry Jones: Declared for draft
F Quincy Miller: Undecided

Creighton

F Doug McDermott: Remaining in school

Duke

F Mason Plumlee: Undecided
G Austin Rivers: Declared for draft

Florida

G Bradley Beal: Undecided
G Kenny Boynton: Remaining in school
C Patric Young: Remaining in school

Florida State

G Michael Snaer: Undecided

Georgetown

F Otto Porter: Undecided
F Hollis Thompson: Declared for draft

Grambling

G Quincy Roberts: Declared for draft

Illinois

C Meyers Leonard: Declared for draft

Indiana

F Christian Watford: Remaining in school
C Cody Zeller: Remaining in school

Iowa State

F Royce White: Declared for draft

Kansas

F Thomas Robinson: Declared for draft
C Jeff Withey: Undecided

Kentucky’s Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones are undecided on the NBA draft.
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Kentucky

C Anthony Davis: Undecided
F Terrence Jones: Undecided
F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Undecided
G Doron Lamb: Undecided
G Marquis Teague: Undecided

Lehigh

G C.J. McCollum: Declared for draft

Memphis

G Will Barton: Declared for draft
F Adonis Thomas: Remaining in school

Michigan

G Trey Burke: Remaining in school
G Tim Hardaway Jr.: Undecided

Minnesota

F Rodney Williams: Undecided

Mississippi State

F Arnett Moultrie: Declared for draft
F Renardo Sidney: Declared for draft

Murray State

G Isaiah Canaan: Remaining in school

North Carolina

F Harrison Barnes: Declared for draft
F John Henson: Declared for draft
G Kendall Marshall: Declared for draft
F James Michael McAdoo: Remaining in school

NC State

F C.J. Leslie: Undecided

North Texas

F Tony Mitchell: Undecided

Ohio State

F Jared Sullinger: Declared for draft
F Deshaun Thomas: Returning to school

Oklahoma State

F LaBryan Nash: Remaining in school

Oregon State

G Jared Cunningham: Declared for draft

St. John’s

F Moe Harkless: Declared for draft

Syracuse

C Fab Melo: Declared for draft
G Dion Waiters: Declared for draft

Texas

G J’Covan Brown: Declared for draft
G Myck Kabongo: Remaining in school

Texas A&M

G/F Khris Middleton: Declared for draft

UCLA

C Josh Smith: Undecided

UNLV

F Mike Moser: Remaining in school

USF

F Victor Rudd: Declared for draft

Vanderbilt

G John Jenkins: Undecided

Villanova

G Dominic Cheek: Undecided
G Maalik Wayns: Declared for draft

Washington

G Terrence Ross: Declared for draft
G Tony Wroten: Declared for draft

Weber State

G Damian Lillard: Declared for draft

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Updated Monday, Apr 9, 2012