NBA draft withdrawal deadline set for late summer, Gonzaga and WSU underclassmen get more time

Gonzaga and Washington State players have more time to withdraw or stay in the 2020 NBA draft set for October 15
Corey Kispert is one of three Gonzaga players who entered this year's NBA draft.

The NBA board of governors voted to approve a 22-team format to return to play in July. They also approved an October 15 NBA draft date, and that affects how long Gonzaga and Washington State players have to withdraw from the draft.

August 3 is the new deadline (formerly June 3) OR 10 days after the NBA draft combine, which has not yet been set.

Gonzaga has three players that decided to test the draft waters this spring: Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi and Filip Petrusev. Washington State sophomore CJ Elleby threw his name into the draft as well.

Under normal circumstances, we would already know which players would be returning to their schools next year because of the original withdrawal date in early June. While this extension might make it tough for college coaches to know if they need to recruit to fill these spots, or change their style of play based on who they know is coming back, it will help players be more certain in their decision.

More time gives these players the chance to potentially go through in-person workouts and have a more legitimate evaluation at the NBA draft combine.