|NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talks with reporters about the unexpected embarrassment of riches for this year's draft.|
EVERY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER IN AMERICA DECLARES FOR NBA DRAFT
(NEW YORK, April 6) – NBA officials today confirmed reports that all 32,190 male college basketball players in the United States have declared for the NBA draft.
The number, which includes all 4,511 players competing at the Division I level, means increased competition for the 60 spots available when the draft takes place June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I admit we were a bit taken aback that every college basketball player in America has filed for the draft,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on ESPN’s Mike & Mike show, “but it demonstrates how strong the NBA brand is. When every player in the country wants to be a part of your organization, you must be doing something right.”
“It’s an opportunity for every young man’s dream to come true,” Silver continued, despite the fact that less than two-tenths of one percent of the players will be wind up being drafted in June.
“I just have to do what’s right for me and my family,” said 6’5” center Sam “Slam” Duncan of Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. “All my life I’ve imagined myself standing on that stage in front of my friends and family, wearing the hat and holding up the uniform of the team that drafted me,” even though the odds of him winning a roster spot in the league are approximately 3,400:1. “I’m going shopping for a suit tonight.”
Executives at TBS, which will televise the draft from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn beginning at 7:00pm ET, said they plan to use both Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens to handle the overflow of NBA hopefuls, and to shuttle players to the Barclays Center if they are selected. “It might take a little longer than usual, but we can handle it,” network executive Bruce Wyler said. "Besides, the weather outside in June is usually pretty good."
At press time, it had not yet been determined whether or not the entire roster of the University of Connecticut women’s team would declare, although analysts said if they do, it would change the picks made by several teams.