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CJ Elleby has plenty of time to make a decision on the NBA Draft

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The Washington State men’s basketball team finished 16-16 last season, swept the Washington Huskies, beat a top-10 Oregon Ducks team, won its first Pac-12 Tournament game in a decade, and won the last NCAA basketball game of the season, which makes them national champions and we will not hear arguments otherwise.

With plenty of guys returning, things are looking good for the 2020-2021 season. But will CJ Elleby be one of those returners? WSU’s best player and top scorer declared for the NBA Draft this spring and will go through the evaluation process to see if he’ll stay or go.

This week, the NCAA announced new rules for players in Elleby’s situation. Players now have until Aug. 3 or 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft, whichever date comes first. The combine has not yet been scheduled. The COVID-19 pandemic threw every planned event off schedule, but it sounds like things are slowly moving into place.

Elleby has will have plenty of time to make his decision. The original deadline was June 3, but without a draft combine, that made it difficult for players to be properly graded. Giving players plenty of time to see how things shake out is the right move.

Jaylen Shead speaks out on former Texas State head coach

If you were wondering why Jaylen Shead joined the WSU men’s basketball team a little more than a month before the season started, now you know:

Glad Shead found a good spot at Washington State.

Links

Four questions when considering Washington State baseball’s fortunes | The Spokesman-Review
Had it been played out in full, the regular season for the Washington State baseball team would’ve ended Saturday against Oregon State at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Washington State, Eastern Washington set for first basketball matchup since 2012; will play two more games in 2021, 2022 | The Spokesman-Review
The regional foes will renew their series this season in a nonconference game at Spokane Arena, EWU coach Shantay Legans told Larry Weir in a Thursday edition of The Spokesman-Review’s Press Box podcast.

Jaylen Shead recounts disturbing racist remarks made by Texas State coach before transferring to Washington State | The Spokesman-Review
Late Thursday afternoon, more than one week after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minnesota, Shead shared the reasonining behind his transfer, citing disturbing racially-charged remarks – and other instances of racism – from coach Danny Kaspar while the point guard was playing for the Bobcats.