As UConn Breaks Ground On New Facility, The ‘Soft’ Draft Deadline Will Pass. … Signs Point To Huskies Staying Intact

by Categorized: DeAndre Daniels, Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

 Tuesday is the first of the two relevant dates for potential entries to the NBA Draft, and it is largely an artificial deadline.

If it passes without anything concrete from Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright or DeAndre Daniels, it would not be surprising or significant. If any of them had previously entered the draft, they have until April 16 to change their mind and retain eligibility. They don’t have to declare they are staying, they are staying until they declare otherwise.

The real deadline is April 28, that’s the date by which a player must decide he is going. Why not keep one’s options open as long as possible?

Having said all that, it does appear all but certain and official now that Napier, Boatright and Daniels are going to return to UConn for their senior, junior and junior seasons, respectively. I’ve heard nothing to indicate otherwise. None are projected as a high enough pick to make a good case for leaving. Napier, who might have been the most likely, is still in and out of the walking boot on his injured foot, so he would have little chance to impress scouts in workouts and improve his stock.

Back when players could wait until June to decide to return, they could really work out for teams and get a more solid sense of there they’d go. Not the case now. The window for dipping a toe in the water is past. If a player were leaving he would have said so by now. Last year, Jeremy Lamb made his decision by April 10, Andre Drummond on April 12.

UConn will have its official groundbreaking ceremony for the new basketball training facility today at 1 p.m. and perhaps we will find out more. Kevin Ollie will be there, and maybe some of the players. … Work on the building began weeks ago and is picking up speed, by the looks of things. Incidentally, this week UConn will have a groundbreaking ceremony where ground has already been broken, and a logo-unveiling ceremony on Thursday for a logo that has already been unveiled. Gotta love it.



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13 thoughts on “As UConn Breaks Ground On New Facility, The ‘Soft’ Draft Deadline Will Pass. … Signs Point To Huskies Staying Intact

  1. Mike McManus

    They would be wise to stay put. Many high-rated college players have chosen to enter the draft in recent days including some guards…Trey Burke {MI}, Russ Smith [Louisville]and there will no doubt be more in the days ahead. That just pushes Napier and Boatright further down the list should they opt to leave.

  2. Hip Hop Hood

    These guys might as well stay and get handed a degree. They have no chance to play in the NBA. With KO leading their careers, they’d be lucky to play in a third rate European league..

  3. sandman

    Hip Hop, you never cease to amaze by your UCONN hateing comments. We are lucky to have KO as the BB coach for our Huskies and for the University. Find me a man of greater integrity, moral and ethecical awareness anywhere in college sports and I will personally apoligize to you for all the evil thoughts I’ve had about shooting you!!

  4. bmo22

    No doubt it would be the right move for these guys to come back for another year, but keep you fingers crossed until the April 28th deadline to declare for the draft. If all three end up returning this team could make some serious noise next year. It should be an exciting season for UConn fans.

    1. UCONNFB

      What’s the point of them leaving? They have no chance to play in the NBA. They can play overseas (maybe) but they are benchwarmers at best. These players just don’t have the talent of a Calhoun team. They couldn’t even make the NCAA tournament this year.

  5. UconnFan

    I am not sure what this vendetta against KO has accomplished for Hip Hop except to make himself look like an idiot with no facts. KO far exceeded any realistic expectations for this team with the three transfers and injuries at the end of the season and I do not believe Calhoun or any other coach in the country could have done better and Hip Hop continues to ignore this.

  6. Jay

    I am shocked. In the 2013-13 first vote for top 25 UCONN did not get ONE vote. not one. they beat syracuse as well as michigan state , washington, split with cincy and beat Notre dame but not one vote. Why?

    1. Hip Hop Hood

      UCONN is projecte to be #14 by ESPN. I think that’s low. they should be top 10 for sure.

  7. Jay

    Given what teams like Louisville, Gtown, Ohio St, Michigan, Syracuse will be losing, I cannot figure why they are not ranked. Seems the stain of an inferior league is taking a toll already.

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