The NCAA’s deadline to enter the draft is Wednesday, and for most college basketball teams that will ll be the day they can finally move on to next season.
After all, players like Villanova’s Josh Hart, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame will have made their decisions and the last day of the spring signing period was on May 18, so all the programs will know the who the “Jimmys” and the “Joes” will be to go with the next year’s “Xs” and “Os,” right?
Right? Right, Jarrett Allen?
Not all programs. Much like panda watch, Texas fans, media members and coaches sit and stare impatiently at their news feeds/Twitter feeds/ Facebook feeds/heck all feeds for Allen to make his college decision. Allen didn’t sign a national letter of intent on May 18. Our own Brian Davis broke down what that means.
But if Twitter is to be believed, Allen has committed to Texas but hasn’t made it official.
Latest rumor is that Jarrett Allen has eliminated Kansas and Houston, and will announce a commitment to Texas soon. https://t.co/Tg4cWHx0F0
— JayhawkPost․com (@TheJayhawkPost) May 19, 2016
But its not quite real. It’s as official as that Trump University degree you earned or as sanctioned as Hillary Clinton’s homemade computer server. Until he says it or signs it or walks into a gym and says “I’m here coach Shaka Smart to dunk basketballs and ace English exams,” we’ll put Allen’s likelihood of not signing with Texas in the 3 percent (what you thought I’d leave out Bernie Sanders?) range.
Look, we’re tired of waiting too. But don’t blame an 18-year-old for taking his time to make a decision. Unlike many of us when we graduated high school, he has college options and like many millennials, he’s going to do things his way.
But what is real is Jarrett Allen’s long wait is causing some timely tweets. Here are my favorite “we’re waiting for you Jarrett” Tweets of the last week:
I don't care where Jarrett Allen signs, I just don't want the news to break during the season finale of #Empire.
— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) May 19, 2016
Jarrett Allen… pic.twitter.com/uutRNd4K93
— Michael Adams (@madams_1) May 19, 2016
I’m old enough to remember when Jarrett Allen’s letter of intent was due
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) May 20, 2016
— TEXAS Niner🤘🏽⛏🔥🌊 (@BigHec01) May 20, 2016
Take your time, Jarrett. The internet will keep us amused in the meantime. (But seriously, don’t take that much time).