1. How good is the 2014 draft? Multiple NBA decision makers said this week that the top three picks in the 2013 draft would be high school seniors Andrew Wiggins (undecided as of Friday), Julius Randle (Kentucky), and Jabari Parker (Duke). Assuming all three leave after one season, then this three would go 1-2-3 in some order in 2014. That might be one of the main reasons so many players may leave for this NBA draft. This also proves that any school in the country would take a one-and-done player if that player meets the standard at that particular school.
2. Credit Dan Hurley for knowing who he is and where he fits at this point in his career. He easily could have chased the Rutgers job and the Big Ten. But he didn't want to go to his third job in three years. Hurley made a commitment to Rhode Island, and the school made one to him. He was facing a major rebuilding situation at Rutgers. He has already had to do that at Wagner and URI. Hurley now is determined to make URI a winner in the A-10, which should have a bit more upward movement without Xavier, Temple, Butler and Charlotte.
3. The confusion about the April 16 NCAA deadline has to stop. The experiment of the NCAA trying to create its own date has failed. Coaches are advising players to take their time and decide by the NBA deadline of April 28. That's the only date that matters since that's when an actual early entry list comes out. International players declare by that date, too, and can withdraw from the draft 10 days prior in June. The reason the April 16 date has no leverage is an American player can tell his coach that he's leaving but not send in his paperwork. If he doesn't send in his statement to the NBA, then nothing is binding. The only meaning the April 16 date has is if a player sends in his announcement to the NBA then he cannot come back. The NCAA should enact one rule that makes sense -- if a player goes undrafted and doesn't sign with an agent then he should be able to return to school.