Allen Crabbe’s father said Monday that the Cal basketball star is unlikely to make any decision about his future until just before the April 28 deadline for underclassmen to enter the NBA draft.
“Probably not going to happen,” Allen Crabbe Jr., said. “It’s really a disadvantage with the way they set it up now.”
Crabbe, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, will receive an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on or before April 15. But rules implemented by the NCAA in May 2011 make it impossible for players to work out for professional teams before actually entering the draft.
Players who declare for the draft now face an April 16 NCAA deadline with withdraw their name or lose their ability to return to college. That greatly limits their options.
“Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as testing the waters anymore,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “Most of the teams aren’t going to make their ultimate decision until they get the chance to work you out. And you have to put your name in the draft to be able to have a chance for that.”
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