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NCAA Tournament Cancelled. NBA hopefuls left in odd situation..

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    This is historic. The 2020 NCAA Tournament has now been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus. The tournament has been held every single year since 1939. This is the first time its ever been cancelled. Makes me wonder how it didn't get cancelled during WWII?

    NCAA higher ups originally said they were going to broadcast the games but not allow fans in the arena, just staff and immediate family. But as conference after conference began cancelling their tournaments, it became more and more clear the NCAA couldn't take the half measure.

    Crazy to me they didn't even try to postpone it. But I guess since its college ball, postponing indefinitely is not really an option, between college kids, summer schedules, and TV networks, arenas.. I can see that all being a really big mess.

    Basically every sport is cancelling games, events or suspending their seasons indefinitely, both pro and college. We have another thread on all the closings as well. Seems the NCAA will also be cancelling most all sports. I think the College World Series is next, if that hasn't been cancelled already.

    Brings me to an interesting thought, will this cancellation effect college basketball players' decision to try and enter the NBA draft? I mean the NCAA tournament is the best showcase of their talents and can springboard them into the national conversation. But without the showcase maybe some players will now hold off a whole entire year, and not enter the draft early. What do you think? Does the tournament have that much importance on NBA hopefuls?

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    I've been trying to wrap my head around how exactly it will affect NBA hopefuls and what that looks like for the remainder of the season. Does this just put their season on hold, thus putting their chances of getting picked up on hold? This means everything will just go right back to normal once the season resumes. Or does this mean something else? I can't figure it out..
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    PowerPlay Wrote: I've been trying to wrap my head around how exactly it will affect NBA hopefuls and what that looks like for the remainder of the season. Does this just put their season on hold, thus putting their chances of getting picked up on hold? This means everything will just go right back to normal once the season resumes. Or does this mean something else? I can't figure it out..

    So this won't put anything on hold for as I know, unless shutdowns last all the way through September and October. But assuming college sports resume by the end of the summer all it really means is breakout NBA hopefuls get less tape on the biggest stage to show NBA teams and recruiters what they can do.

    The NBA draft is supposed to be held on June 25th, 2020. Assuming they do what the NFL is doing it will still go on as scheduled. But likely in a much more quarantined kind of way. What shutting down the NCAA Tournament though mostly means is seniors in their last year of eligibility to play in the NCAA didn't get the national spotlight to showcase their talents to NBA scouts. And that sucks for them because the best chance for college players to make their case to be drafted is during the tournament. But its not the only chance they get. Now they just have to rely on NBA recruiters watching tape and paying attention to their play during the regular season.

    People were discussing the possibility of giving all college players another year of eligibility. But even that idea has unintended consequences, because it would mean high schoolers becoming freshman in college next season would maybe have to wait a whole other year to get to play. So it wouldn't be smart all things considered.

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    Good news for all Division 1 college athletes that play in any spring sport - NCAA is giving them an additional year of eligibility.

    Division I Council extends eligibility for student-athletes impacted by COVID-19