Rutgers Athletes Declare for 2022 NBA Draft, Continuing Basketball Legacy – New Brunswick Today

Piscataway, New Jersey—A pair of Rutgers University athletes have entered their names for consideration for the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, keeping their eligibility to play for Rutgers if they go without draft thanks to recent rule changes.

College athletes need to declare their desire to draft in order to be considered. There are different legal categories of applicants based on the education and other career choices of the players.

These types of ads are currently required if a college basketball player is still in college, under NBA rules and the NBA Collegiate Agreement.

Three Rutgers basketball players declared themselves eligible for the draft, while two Rutgers players declared themselves in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft.

Male athletes will maintain their college eligibility through new NCAA rules changes. However, women’s basketball players are not given the same opportunity to maintain NCAA eligibility if drafted by a professional team.

The decision to go to school to play basketball or put all the player’s eggs in one basket and “go professional” remains a difficult one for many young aspirants.

In the NBA, no player can sign a contract until they are at least 18 years old and generally one year has passed since they graduated from high school.

Players who have not graduated from college and are therefore not automatically eligible, but wish to continue drafting, must declare their eligibility no later than 60 days prior to the draft.

This is what is sometimes known as the “one and do rule,” the result of a case in the United States Supreme Court when sophomore Spencer Haywood at the University of Detroit sued the NBA under the Sherman Antitrust Act.

The Supreme Court allowed Haywood to play in the NBA, despite NBA law prohibiting those with less than four years after high school graduation from signing for a team.

Haywood had already turned professional with an American Basketball Association (ABA) team called the Detroit Rockets. ABA was later merged with the NBA.

Today, if players have retained intercollegiate basketball eligibility, they can still be considered to play in the NBA but must declare themselves as “early entry” applicants.

In other words, players who have played at least one year in college basketball are eligible for the NBA draft.

Ron Harper, Jr., a senior at Rutgers University, and Jaden Jones, a first-year student, will retain their collegiate eligibility if they are not enlisted. Despite being a senior, Harper has an additional year of eligibility given to all players due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Harper hasn’t partnered with an agent, Jones has signed with Durrant Sports Management, and thanks to new rules put in place by the NCAA starting in 2019, some athletes have the option to go back to school if they go without drafting.

The NCAA, in an effort to promote successful college education completion by its players and equity, has changed its rules so that no college student who has made payments to an athletic agent is categorically barred from participating in any of their teams.

Today, if players have retained intercollegiate basketball eligibility, they can still be considered to play in the NBA but must declare themselves as “early entry” applicants.

In other words, players who have played at least one year in college basketball are eligible for the NBA draft. The player who announced for the NBA draft has, historically, lost his college eligibility even if he went without being drafted.

The changes benefit players like Jaden Jones, a first-year Rutgers athlete, who has signed with an agent.

However, female players actually have to opt out of NCAA eligibility in order to participate in the WNBA Drafts.

In other words, there is still an “individual and actual” rule for female basketball players, making it impossible for female players to declare WNBA eligibility and maintain their college eligibility with the NCAA.

Women may one day get the same rights in a future bargaining process, says the Executive Board of the WNBA Players Association and celebrity player Sue Bird. She said the “one and do” rule could be discussed in the future in a public statement.

According to NBC Sports, Bird believes that “players should always have a choice.”

Both Rutgers basketball teams had an impressive 2021-22 season.

The men’s basketball team alone has won five B1G Ten Conference Awards, with Rutgers senior Caleb McConnell winning the 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year award, thus becoming the first Rutgers athlete to win an individual award in the B1G Ten.

Ron Harper, Jr. won the All-Ten Second Team, as well as the Rutgers’ senior Geo Baker winning All-Big Ten Third Team (coaches), Geo Baker, Cliff Omuroy, Paul Mulcahy and Caleb McConnell all winning All-Big Ten Honorable awards. .

The Scarlet Knights also made it to this year’s NCAA tournament, called March Madness, even throwing a game in an epic double overtime.

Ron Harper, Jr., a senior at Rutgers, has been widely rated as a pick-me-up. He is also the son of five-time NBA champion Ron Harper who is best known for playing for the Chicago Bulls and one of the many basketball players in the family.

Recently, ESPN.com predicted that Harper would be signed by the NBA team for this year’s draft, possibly in the second round, in June in the second round.

“The past four years have been a dream come true. I’ve forged countless relationships that will last a lifetime. I’ve watched RAC/JMA transform into the best feature on the planet. It’s easy. The fans are the cause!” Harper wrote in his public statement regarding the NBA draft announcement. For professionals.

Harper, a Hagerty Award winner for the NCAA New York Metropolitan Division, wrote: “Men’s Division I college basketball player.”

In addition to the Lieutenant Frank J.

Harper Jr’s father, Ron Harper Sr., is also of Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers fame, and has another son, Dylan Harper, who plays basketball. Currently, Dylan is a high school student and is on my radar talent scout.

Proud NBA 5x Champion Ron Harper shares a special moment with his son on Twitter.

“It’s a dream come true. I really think it’s nice to have a child who follows in your footsteps. It’s a great honor and it’s a huge respect for the hard work he’s done,” Harper Sr. told the New Brunswick newspaper today. Let’s take a chance. He has all the tools, all the knowledge and it’s up to him to believe.”

“Like I always told him growing up as a kid, I want you to be better than me…everyone will be harder on you because you’re my son.”

He added, “Don’t listen to the outside, hear me, father. Listen to the people who believe in you. And everyone doesn’t worry about this noise.”

Ron Harper, Jr. has studied criminal justice and will receive his degree in communications on Wednesday.

As for Dylan, the youngest son of Harper Sr., who is still in high school, Harper Sr. explains that he plays at the same high school that his name was played at.

“They are always competing. That is one thing they have always done. They play hard and have fun. I am very happy for him and them.”

“As a player and ex-player who knows something about the ball game, you always say things [about the game]And I’m glad he went there. Rutgers has done an amazing job not only with the basketball team, but with their other sports.”

“They really turned him into an adult,” Harper Sr. pondered. “That’s cool.”

Of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, this year alone, two players declared themselves among the first applicants to participate in the draft.

These Crimson Knights will be Auch Brown, a graduate student and winner of the 2021-2022 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award among other awards, and Rutgers Shug Dickson, another graduate student, having won in 2021 the honorable mention as first dead player of the week.

Brown was an active NCAA Division I career leader in two categories including rebounds (for a total of 1,389). She graduated with 1,821 career points after leading Rutgers by 10.8 points per game this season.

My college career is over [and I am] Excited to announce the WNBA Draft! The guard wrote in her statement.

Dixon led the league with 87 assists in the 2021-22 season, averaging 3.6 per game.

Caleb McConnell, who initially entered his name for NBA consideration, recently pulled his name from this year’s draft, and will return to play for Rutgers in his final year of his remaining college basketball eligibility.

“I’m excited to be back on one last tour with the Scarlet Knights in 2022-23,” McConnell said. “I learned a lot through the training process for the 2022 NBA Draft. I want to give a shout-out to my coaches, teammates and family to help me make that decision about my future. We have built so much over the past four seasons in RU, and I can’t wait to see what we achieve next year.”

McConnell, who was named Defender of the Year 2021-2022 by the Big Ten Conference, also announced this year’s NBA draft.

“Thank you to Coach Bickel for believing in me and for recruiting a kid from Jacksonville, Florida, and Dayton, Ohio to play for Rutgers when few people believed in me,” McConnell wrote in part in his statement.

“Caleb McConnell was the ultimate ambassador for our program on and off the court,” Rutgers Scarlett Knights coach Steve Bickle said in a press release.

Jaden Jones, a freshman from the Rutgers family, announced his participation in the June 23 NBA Draft, part of a week-long series of events that concluded on June 27.

Jones wrote, “I have gained a lot from my experience as a Scarlet Knight and have grown tremendously because of it. Thank you to my teammates for pushing me to be better every day.”

“Jaden was a great teammate, he was a great resource for the coach and we want the best for him and for his future,” said Bikel, the coach.

“The Rutgers men’s basketball program is excited for Jaden to explore the opportunity to announce the NBA draft,” the men’s basketball coach said in a statement. “Our program will support Jaden and his family throughout the entire process.”

The last time a freshman from Rutgers University, Ariella Gerantes, was drafted, she became the 21st Rutgers student drafted by the WNBA.

The last time a Rutgers University student was recruited by the NBA was in 2010 when Hamadi Ndiaye signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Prior to that, it was Quincy Dobby in 2006 with the Sacramento Kings. Dobby also won the Hagerty Award in 2006. In total, there are 23 male NBA players from Rutgers.

There are 22 WNBA registered players from Rutgers.

Among others: Kahleah Copper 2016 with Washington Mystics, now with Chicago Sky; Betnijah Laney, drafted by Chicago Sky in 2015 and now with New York Liberty; Erica Wheeler in 2015 drafted the Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty teams and is now with the Atlanta Dream as of this year; Essence Carson who was drafted in 2008 by New York Liberty and who has been with Connecticut Sun since 2020; Epiphany Prince was drafted in 2010 by Chicago Sky and in 2020 by Seattle Storm. Prince has received several WNBA Awards and other awards, including the WNBA Champion (2020). Kia Vaughn was coined in 2009 by New York Liberty and is now with Phoenix Mercury.

There have been about 23 Rutgers men in the NBA, according to the Automated Sports Administration data site, Real GM.

Molly O’Brien is a law student and reporter in New Brunswick.

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