Aaron Harrison wasn’t alone

Here is a list of early entrants with college eligibility remaining who were not selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday night:

  • Cliff Alexander, Kansas
  • Brandon Ashley, Arizona
  • Michael Frazier, Florida
  • Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
  • Jerome Hill, Gardner-Webb
  • Vince Hunter, UTEP
  • Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech
  • Trevor Lacey, NC State
  • Ashton Pankey, Manhattan
  • Terran Petteway, Nebraska
  • Walter Pitchford, Nebraska
  • Michael Qualls, Arkansas
  • Jherrod Stiggers, Houston
  • Deonta Stocks, West Georgia
  • Chris Walker, Florida
  • Chris Wood, UNLV

H/T College Basketball Talk

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Big Blue Links: NBA Draft roundup

Big Blue Links for Friday:

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2015 NBA Draft Liveblog

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We will be doing a 2015 NBA Draft liveblog/diary when the ESPN coverage starts Thursday at 7 p.m.

7:00: Welcome to the 2015 NBA Draft liveblog. I’m watching the ESPN coverage at home and will be commenting throughout the night. Join in.

7:04: We’ve got Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams and Jay Bilas at the ESPN desk in Brooklyn. That’s two Dookies and a Wolverine. No NBA guys? Rose, I suppose.

7:05: Jalen Rose says, “Call the Archaeologist because The Big Man is Back.”

7:10: Bilas taking up for Jahlil Okafor after the news that Karl-Anthony Towns will be the No. 1 pick by Minnesota. Jay Williams jumps in and reminds Jalen Rose that there’s no guarantee that Okafor is going No. 2 to the Lakers.

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Reviewing John Calipari’s draft record at Kentucky

Heading into Thursday night’s NBA Draft, it seems a good time to review the record of the supreme ruler of the past five drafts.

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More proof the NCAA is slowly waking up to reality?

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Little by little, inch by inch, mircomoment by micromoment, maybe the NCAA is finally starting to get it.

Monday brought news that the Indianapolis suits are proposing a new rule that would allow college underclassmen to return to school even after declaring for the NBA Draft.

Under the proposal, underclassmen who have declared for the draft would be able to attend the NBA Combine in May, when they could get a better reading from teams about their draft status. Players would then be allowed to return to college, if they wished, as long as they had not signed with an agent.

Under the new proposal, underclassmen would be allowed to participate in one NBA team workout in addition to the combine. The deadline to withdraw from the draft would be 10 days after the combine.

Players also would be able to declare for the draft in multiple years, if that’s their choosing.

I know, it all makes too much sense for the NCAA to pass.

Even better, if implemented, the new guidelines would take effect for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Of course, we can expect some grousing from power-hungry coaches worried about whether Player A is leaving or staying or coming back. The poor coach will just have to deal with it.

The proposal would get rid of a lot of the guesswork that marks the current guidelines. A player is forced to declare before he could possibly get all the information needed to make a realistic decision. Even now, prospect evaluations change right up to the last minute.

The “agent” is the sticky wicket here. Most players hire an agent as soon as they declare. The agent often acts as another piece of the puzzle as far as gathering information, acquiring preliminary information as far as expected contracts, etc.

In fact, in a perfect world, my perfect world, underclassmen not drafted should have the right to return to college. That would really give the power to the player.

Photo of Devin Booker by Kevin Arbogast/AP

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Big Blue Links: Jamal Murray saves the day

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Just when you might have thought John Calipari had lost his magic touch and a certain someone was going to be an Oregon Duck, we bring you Big Blue Links for Thursday:

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Big Blue Links on eve of NBA Draft 2015

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Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

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George Karl has had problems with ex-UK centers before

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Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Monday night that Sacramento coach George Karl is pushing the Kings to trade center DeMarcus Cousins. And no one should be surprised.

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BBL: NBA Draft craziness; Joe Blanton, Trevor Gott shine

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Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

Just a couple of days away from the NBA Draft, we’ve now entered the crazy rumors and wild trades zone. Example, there are reports the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to put together a deal that would pry DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings. And the Phoenix Suns are dangling Eric Bledsoe at the Knicks in exchange for New York’s No. 4 pick overall.

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Karl-Anthony Towns isn’t ready to eat ice cream

With the NBA Draft just a few days away, there is speculation that the Minnesota Timberwolves have told Karl-Anthony Towns that he will be their No. 1 pick.

Related link: Bilas sees Towns-or-Okafor a debate over how to play

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