NCAA’s new ridiculous withdrawal deadline is official

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Uncertain about the NBA draft? Too bad. Starting next year, underclassmen have a matter of days to decide if they want to enter the NBA draft.

The NCAA’s board of directors took no action on proposal 2010-24, which moves the final day for underclassmen to declare for the draft to the day before the spring National Letter of Intent signing period. This year, that was April 12, barely a week after the national title.

Yeah, that’s plenty of time to decide on one’s future.

“I don’t know how it can necessarily help a player. It definitely helps the coaches,” Butler senior Matt Howard told the AP. “It’s hard for somebody like Coach (Brad) Stevens to have to go out now and recruit a combo guard like Shelvin. But for players, I just don’t see how this helps them.”

It doesn’t. It helps the coaches, who want to know if they need to replace any players who want to leave early. It also helps them set up tee times for April.

It’s ridiculous and unfair to the players. Offer the players guidance and expertise when it comes to making a crucial decision. Isn’t that what colleges are supposed to do?

The rule could be overridden, but that would just reinforce how often the NCAA insists on changing the thing. Those moves may be the only thing more ridiculous than the rule itself. Here’s a rundown from Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News:

College basketball’s approach to the NBA Draft has been, for nearly two decades, an embarrassment of regulation and re-regulation. The rules have changed more often than Madonna switches outfits during a two-hour concert. If the educated men and women who run the organization stopped for a moment to notice how frequently they’ve shifted their stance on how collegians cope with the NBA Draft, they would have to be embarrassed at their indecision.

In the mid-1990s, it was possible to enter the draft, be selected and still return to college basketball. Minnesota guard Voshon Lenard did just that. Later, the colleges allowed a player to enter the draft and return to college so long as he wasn’t selected, which is how center Randolph Morris wound up spending an extra year at Kentucky.

When players went through the draft process during the early part of the 2000s, they were forced to keep receipts for every ice cream cone to assure they hadn’t accepted any money from NBA teams. Then the rules changed to allow teams to pay for players’ expenses to attend workouts.

Get it together NCAA. Is that too much to ask?

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VIDEO: Zion Williamson throws down a vicious putback

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Zion Williamson made another highlight-reel play on Saturday outside of Atlanta as he threw down a vicious putback dunk at the Best of the South.

The five-star prospect has returned from a minor knee injury this spring to look like his old self in July as he’s entertained packed gyms of fans and college coaches the last two weeks.

The Class of 2018 star is currently regarded as the No. 3 overall prospect in the latest Rivals.com national rankings.

(h/t: Courtside Films)

Five-star 2018 point guard Darius Garland cuts list to six schools

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Five-star Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland revealed the final six schools that he’s considering on Friday.

The N0. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-0 Garland is one of the top floor generals in the nation as he is still considering Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

A native of Nashville, Garland is a potentially elite perimeter threat at the college level as he’s one of the more deadly three-point marksmen in the nation.

Garland spent this spring and summer playing with Bradley Beal Elite in the Nike EYBL as he averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game in the league this spring.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s John Calipari participates in the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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The #DriveByDunkChallenge is sweeping the nation on social media this summer.

Rules to participate are pretty simple:

  1. Drive around in your vehicle.
  2. Find a basketball hoop (or a basketball ring if you’re Ted Cruz) on a random driveway.
  3. Run out of your car and dunk on that random hoop while a friend films.
  4. Run back to your car and drive away.

Let Anthony Davis show you how it works:

Pretty simple, right?

The #DriveByDunkChallenge isn’t raising money or awareness for ALS like the #IceBucketChallenge did three years ago, but it’s something harmless and fun to do to pass the time during the dog days of summer.

Sensing an opportunity to join an Internet craze, while also following in the footsteps of his former player Kentucky star, Wildcats head coach John Calipari got involved with his own dunk late Friday night.

And his video is much funnier than I thought it would be.

While most #DriveByDunkChallenge videos are done by healthy and spry teenagers who are cruising neighborhoods during the day, Calipari, and his hip replacement, got in on the fun with a late-night dunk.

I love that Calipari ditched the ball behind his back while running back to the car after the dunk.

Most people who participate in the challenge usually have their own ball and keep it with them through completion. But Calipari either picked up a random ball in the driveway or just he lost the handle with his own ball and had a turnover.

The next time Calipari goes hard on one of his point guards for losing control and playing too fast, remember this moment.

Creighton’s Khyri Thomas posterizes defender

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Creighton rising junior wing Khyri Thomas, like several of his teammates, are taking part in the Omaha Summer League this offseason.

On Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 205-lb. Thomas eviscerated a defender with a one-handed posterization.

Thomas is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign for the Bluejays. He started all 35 games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Aside from the increase in offensive production, Thomas served as one of the top defenders in the Big East. He shared the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award with Villanova’s Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges.

Zion Williamson throws down 360 windmill dunk

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Zion Williamson added another jaw-dropping dunk in the layup lines on the first night of the second live evaluation period.

Williamson and his SC Supreme team took on Each 1 Teach 1 at the Hoopseen Best of the South at the LakePoint Sporting Community in greater Atlanta.

The 6-foot-7 power forward threw down a 360 windmill dunk during his pregame routines.

Each 1 Teach 1 would pick up a 70-67 victory over SC Supreme. Williamson would end with a monster stat line of 37 points and seven rebounds.