Jarrett Allen, a 6-foot-10-inch junior, center who is regarded as one of the area's top basketball players poses for a portrait at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, November 14, 2014. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

With NBA combine finished, college hoops world and Texas ready to move on

Posted May 16th, 2016

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That deep breath from college campuses around the country was from the basketball offices.

The NBA Draft entrance process is nearing completion. The combine has passed and now the college basketball world pretty much knows who is going to stay in the draft and who will likely return to campus, if they never hired an agent. The NCAA’s final deadline for draft decisions is May 25, but the combine makes it fairly easy for prospects to decide.

Still, May 25 – nine days from now – the draft declaration period is over. But most players won’t need that long.

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Kansas’ Cheick Diallo didn’t need it. Last week we broke down what Diallo’s decision could mean for Texas.

A day after the Mali native showed NBA coaches and general managers at the combine that the only time he doesn’t look like a lottery pick is when he’s playing for the Kansas Jayhawks, Diallo announced he was staying in the draft.

Other prospects have followed suit. Texas’ lone early entrant, Isaiah Taylor, remains in the draft but his draft prospects look grim.

Meanwhile places like Kentucky wait for John Calipari’s “#kaboom” as well as Isaiah Briscoe’s decision while places like Duke tease the incoming freshmen class on Twitter, but wait for Marques Bolden. Who for all the world knows could be Calipari’s “kaboom.”

The questions and uncertainty should change soon.

Transfers and graduate transfers have started making their decisions and now that we’ll soon know who all is going to be in the draft, the remaining 2016 high school players can end this recruiting cycle. And programs like Texas can start thinking about 2017 recruiting.

The big name to drop this week could be the one Texas fans care the most about: St. Stephen’s prospect and McDonald’s All-American Jarrett Allen.

Jon Rothstein of CBS reported on May 2 that Allen would likely be making his decision within the next two weeks. Otherwise, after the combine. A pair of Tweets from undocumented recruiting analysts this weekend say he’s coming to Texas. Then again they could be as reliable as the Houston Chronicle’s source from last month that prompted Allen to tweet about his recruitment directly, which he simply has not done much of during the cycle.

When a pair of random twitter accounts and the newspaper for one of the largest cities in the nation can’t be trusted it’s clear that a rule to follow when talking Jarrett Allen’s recruitment is: Don’t trust anyone but Jarrett Allen.

No one really knows if he’s heading to Houston, Kansas or staying home, but Texas has been leading the crystal ball predictions for months, and it may make the most sense playing-time wise and definitely location-wise for Allen.

Texas did lose out on a transfer last week. Virginia Tech’s Jalen Hudson was a serious contender for one of Texas’ three remaining scholarships, but Hudson chose the Florida Gators.

With the combine over and players starting to make their decision, the transfer list should be shrinking as more major programs fill scholarships.

 

 

 

 

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