NCAA pushes back deadline for early entrants to withdraw from draft

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Jalen Crutcher has not announced his decision

The NCAA pushed back the date for when NBA Draft early entrants can withdraw their name from the draft and still return to school.

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Players now have until Aug. 3 or 10 days after the NBA scouting combine, whichever comes first. The dates of the combine have not been announced.

Dayton Flyers guard Ibi Watson has already pulled his name from consideration for the draft and will return to UD for his final year. When last asked for an update on his status, Dayton guard Jalen Crutcher said he had not made up his mind. Dayton forward Obi Toppin also entered his name in the draft and is expected to be a lottery pick.

The original withdraw date was June 3 because the combine was scheduled to take place in May. Everything has been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA set a tentative date for the draft on Thursday, scheduling it for Oct. 15.

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According to the Associated Press, the Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee worked with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on the new timeline.

"This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time," NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement.