Just before 10:00 AM this morning, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year posted his status to read, “Isaiah Thomas Is Entering the 2009 NBA Draft.”
While nothing can yet be confirmed, Thomas’ decision to declare for the ‘09 Draft would be, let’s face it, a bad one. He is not projected as a first-round pick, and would be lucky to be selected at all.
A first-round selection guarantees a contract for the drafted player, while a second-round selection comes with no guarantees.
Under the terms of the NCAA, a college basketball player receives one “mulligan,” if you will, when declaring for the NBA Draft. Hence, a player can essentially declare for the draft twice, assuming he follows a certain set of rules the first time around.
Those rules involve not hiring an agent, and removing his name from professional consideration after a certain amount of time.
There are exceptions to these rules (see: Randolph Morris, University of Kentucky), but for the most part these rules are basically etched in stone.
Speculating on Thomas, a 5'7" combo guard from Tacoma, one would have to assume that he would enter the draft with the prospect of returning to school in his back pocket, meaning he wouldn’t hire an agent. Assuming he used that freebie, he would then be forced to turn pro the next time he chooses to declare himself draft eligible, even if that decision came as early as next year.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see on this story as we try and get confirmation from Thomas. More as we know it.
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