NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe issued a memo to NCAA coaches on Tuesday morning telling them that the league will be accepting applications from college players seeking feedback from the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
The UAC provides potential early entrants with feedback on their stock – based on input from NBA executives – to help them make informed decisions on whether or not to declare for the draft. Prospects who want to test the draft waters must first apply for an evaluation from the UAC.
This year’s deadline to apply for that evaluation is April 16 — it’s not clear whether that date will be pushed back in the coming weeks, given the uncertain nature of the NBA’s hiatus. Adam Zagoria of Forbes tweeted today that multiple sources expect the draft to be postponed until July or August.
Whether or not the UAC application deadline changes, the process figures to be more important than usual this spring for prospects seeking feedback, as ESPN duo points out. Team executives are preparing for the possibility that scouting and workout opportunities will be extremely limited, if not entirely eliminated, leading up to this year’s draft.
According to Wojnarowski and Givony, VanDeWeghe acknowledged the “rapidly evolving” situation in his memo, noting that the league would advise NCAA coaches and players of any changes to the pre-draft process “whenever such information is available.”
Here’s more on the 2020 NBA draft:
- Chris Stone of Sporting News has updated his 2020 big board, with French guard Killian Hayes jumping up to No. 3, surpassing bigger-name prospects such as James Wiseman.
- Yale forward Jordan Bruner is expected to forgo his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2020 draft, as Jim Fuller of The New Haven Register writes. Meanwhile, SMU sophomore guard Kendric Davis will test the draft waters (link via Sam Blum of The Dallas Morning News), as will suspended Nebraska sophomore guard Cam Mack (Twitter link).
- Earlier today, we examined what the 2020 NBA draft lottery odds would look like if the 2019/20 regular season doesn’t resume and the current standings become the final standings.