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June 13, 2010

Roundtable: Does Bost have a case?

At the College Basketball Roundtable each week, we ask members of the coverage staff for their opinions about a topic in the sport.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Mississippi State guard Dee Bost missed the May 8 NCAA deadline for withdrawing from the NBA draft and basically is saying he thought he had until the NBA's deadline of June 14. Bost, who is going to summer school at Mississippi State, plans to appeal to the NCAA, saying he didn't know the new rule (this is the first year the NCAA deadline has been so early). Do you think he will be successful with his appeal?

Mike Huguenin's answer:
What's that saying about ignorance of the law not being an excuse to break the law? I cannot imagine Bost having any success with his appeal. What the situation might do, though, is make NCAA types realize that their current deadline is much too early. I think the NCAA, in its infinite wisdom, thought an early deadline would mean less players declaring for the draft. Instead, I think the rule led to more stupid decisions by players to turn pro. While the old deadline made it tough on coaches (they didn't know the makeup of their roster until June), players were able to receive far more feedback from NBA teams about their draftability. And, hey, isn't the NCAA supposed to be all about what's best for the student-athlete?

Steve Megargee's answer:
I have a tough time believing Dee Bost will win his appeal, though I somewhat understand his situation. I disagree with the new rule regarding underclassmen who enter the NBA draft having to decide by May 8 whether they want to withdraw their names from consideration and return to school. That early deadline doesn't give underclassmen much of a chance to learn what NBA teams think of them. Underclassmen need more time to participate in workouts and to learn whether they have a realistic shot of getting taken in the first round. My problem is with the reports that indicate Bost wasn't aware of this new rule, which took effect this year. It's tough to believe Bost because Mississippi State teammate Ravern Johnson also decided to test the waters and remembered to withdraw his name from consideration before the deadline. If Johnson was aware of the deadline, how could his teammate not have known about it? I would like to see the May 8 deadline moved back, but I'm not sure Bost's argument is going to carry much weight.



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