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

Mike Huguenin
Yahoo! Sports



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.

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: Remaining in school


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


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


N.C. State
F C.J. Leslie: Remaining in school


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


South Florida
F Victor Rudd: 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


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