NCAA Basketball Players Won’t Get Extra Year of Eligibility

The NCAA Division I Council ruled that winter sports athletes will not have their eligibility extended, despite having their seasons shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an NCAA press release.

The decision obviously impacts Division I basketball players, most of whom were preparing for or playing in league tournaments when play was halted. Council members declined to extend eligibility for student-athletes in sports where all or much of their regular seasons were completed.

Seniors now have exhausted their eligibility and won’t have the option of returning to school for another season and a chance to play the NCAA Tournament. The decision shouldn’t have a dramatic impact on the draft with so many potential draft picks being early entrants.

The decision eases the concerns of some college coaches about having an excess of scholarship players due to their commitments with incoming freshmen.

Spring-sport athletes have been granted an additional season of eligibility.

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8 thoughts on “NCAA Basketball Players Won’t Get Extra Year of Eligibility

      • phillyballers

        We’re talking mostly about the kids that put in 4 years, maybe their only tournament experience vapoorized by COVID-19.

        They have the power to do this just for current seniors. NCAA typically gets it wrong. Just another case.

        • Senioreditor

          College basketball is not just about playing in a tournament, that AAU basketball. Most players are on a team for 4 years and if missing 1 tournament tarnishes 4 years of camaraderie, relationships, perseverance etc…. then it probably wasn’t worth it in the first place.

          • phillyballers

            So making a run at a National Championship is trivial? Why have the tournament?

  1. x%sure

    Dayton would have had a 1 seed and the most exciting player for the tournament.

  2. marshmallowman

    good. no one wants quinton rose coming back to temple for a 5th year of mediocrity

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