Is the NBA Draft or College Basketball Safer Amid Coronavirus?

College basketball players had to decide earlier this week if they wanted to stay in school. They can still enter the draft by Aug. 17.

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College basketball and the NBA Draft’s divergent deadlines meet between now and Aug. 17. Luka Garza, Jared Butler and key college basketball players on the fence decided to stay earlier this week. Within several days, the NCAA announced the cancellation of its Division III championships, a sign of fall hardship to come.

Jeff Goodman and free agent college basketball writer Rob Dauster doubt that much will change before the final NBA Draft entry deadline in two weeks. Though they debated whether there’ll be more stability in college basketball or the pros amid the coronavirus pandemic. Neither the NBA nor the G-League holds a plan for next season, while Dauster pointed out overseas teams largely set their rosters in August.

Jeff Goodman and free agent writer Rob Dauster check in after the NCAA's deadline to pull out of the NBA Draft exploratory period. The Draft's deadline sits ahead on Aug. 17, giving players some wiggle room, but uncertainty remains around whether or not there'll be a college basketball season. Did the players make the right move to stay? The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

“If you had to ask me who the biggest winner is,” Dauster said. “It’s college basketball … all of these guys ended up coming back to school. I kind of feel bad for them, because I’m sure a lot of them wanted to start earning at that level that they could in the NBA, but for college basketball it made it really exciting for the start of next season.”

Next season remains in flux as the college football season appears inevitably condensed, at best, to conference play. The Ivy League cancelled fall sports until January, leaving some college basketball teams with holes in their schedules during November and December’s non-conference slates.

The NBA will likely need a bubble if they start in December and with this season’s G-League season getting shelved early, it could leave the hopeful entrants to its NBA pathway program in flux as the NBA prioritizes the pros.

By Aug. 17, NBA Draft prospects need to decide if there's a greater prospect of landing somewhere around the NBA, or overseas, should there be long odds of college basketball happening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Goodman and Rob Dauster debate whether there's merit in some players who stayed with their college team deciding to enter the draft for some security if the odds of an NCAA season become worse. The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

“Let’s let these kids see if there’s going to be college football in late August or not,” Goodman said. “Because if there’s not, the odds aren’t great there’s going to be college basketball.”

The NBA’s deadline leaves little recourse for players like Garza. He could go overseas, given his Bosnian passport, if roster space becomes available anywhere. Nonetheless, Dauster believes going back provides the most stable situation for players.

Jeff Goodman and Rob Dauster discuss key players like Luka Garza and Jared Butler staying at Iowa and Baylor amid uncertainty in the NBA Draft due to coronavirus. What can they do if college basketball doesn't happen next season?The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

“At the very least, you’ll have a scholarship, you’re going to have a place to stay, you’re gong to have a place to work out, you’re going to have food paid for, you’re going to have insurance,” Dauster said. “That’s where the certainty was.”

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