That’s right the NCAA is conducting its annual convention at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (not pictured right) located on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River in the shadow of the beloved Woodrow Wilson Bridge. You know, just a rock’s throw from Betty Blume Park. Hey, times are tough, and those NCAA rule enforcers can have fun just about anywhere.
When they aren’t whooping it up in the D.C. suburbs, the D1 Legislative Council is scheduled to vote this week on an ACC proposal to sharply reduce the time underclassmen have to decide whether to remain in the NBA draft. As it now stands, players have two months after the Final Four to assess their NBA status and some ACC coaches are saying that is too long.
You know the drill, after the Final Four, non-seniors declare for the draft and then spend two months deciding what to do. During this period, coaches are in limbo about whether or not to recruit replacements.
That familiar scenario could change as soon as 2010 if the Brothers Williams (Roy and Gary) and Mike Krzydrbnv8ski get their way.
"If you give somebody forever to make a decision, they are going to take forever," Williams (Roy) said. "It leaves your program in limbo. It leaves your current players in limbo."
"For a two-month period, guys who may not be in your program become your priority," Krzyhfbmqp3ski said. "And the guys who are still in the program don't get any attention."
Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton recently said "too many kids are putting their names into the draft and taking their names out. Their names shouldn't be in there in the first place. You have so many kids making poor decisions, it is obvious some of these kids are getting poor advice."
Some players, including Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez, believe 10 days would be too short a time to make such a significant decision. They feel it would be more difficult to get good advice or base their decisions on feedback from critical May workouts with NBA teams. However his coach says that players who spend the spring working out for NBA teams are often “too far gone” academically to return.
(All photos are actual places in P.G. County, MD)