What if College Basketball Players Could Not Leave Early?

What if we lived in a world where once you sign your scholarship with a school, you were bound to that school for four years, no matter what. What if there was no leaving early to declare for the NBA Draft?

What kind of insane impact would that have on the 2020 college basketball season and the NCAA Tournament?

Here is a list of all of the players that would still be in school, with their age/class in parenthesis. Imagine these players in addition to the current stars at each school.

ACC

Duke – Zion Williamson (so.), RJ Barrett (so.), Jayson Tatum (sr.), Marvin Bagley (jr.), Wendell Carter (jr), Cam Reddish (so), Frank Jackson (sr)

Florida State – Jonathan Isaac (sr), Mfiondu Kabengele (jr)

Louisville – VJ King (sr)

Miami – Bruce Brown (jr), Lonnie Walker (sr), Dewan Hernandez (sr)

North Carolina – Coby White (so), Nassir Little (so), Tony Bradley

NC State – Dennis Smith Jr (sr), Ted Kapita (sr)

Syracuse – Tyus Battle (sr), Oshae Brissett (jr)

Virginia – Deandre Hunter (jr), Ty Jerome (sr), Kyle Guy (sr)

Big Ten

Indiana – Romeo Langford (so)

Iowa – Tyler Cook (sr)

Maryland – Bruno Fernando (jr), Kevin Huerter (sr), Justin Jackson (sr)

Michigan – Jordan Poole (jr), Ignas Brazdeikis (so), Charles Matthews (sr)

Michigan State – Miles Bridges (sr), Jaren Jackson Jr (jr), Nick Ward (sr), Joshua Langford

Minnesota – Amir Coffey (sr)

Penn State – Tony Carr (sr)

Purdue – Carsen Edwards (sr)

Big 12

Iowa State – Talen Horton-Tucker (so), Cameron Lard (jr), Lindell Wigginton (jr)

Kansas – Josh Jackson (sr)

Oklahoma – Trae Young (sr)

Texas – Mo Bamba (jr), Jaxson Hayes (so), Jarrett Allen (sr)

Texas Tech – Jarrett Culver (jr), Zhaire Smith (jr)

West Virginia – Sagaba Konate (sr)

SEC

Alabama – Collin Sexton (jr)

Arkansas – Daniel Gafford (jr)

Auburn – Jared Harper (sr), Chuma Okeke (jr), Bryce Brown (sr)

Georgia – Nicolas Claxton (jr)

Kentucky – Bam Adebayo (sr), De’Aaron Fox (sr), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (jr), Tyler Herro (so), PJ Washington (jr), Kevin Knox (jr), Malik Monk (sr)

LSU – Tremont Waters (jr), Naz Reid (so)

Mississippi State – Lamar Peters (sr)

Missouri – Michael Porter Jr (jr), Jontay Porter (jr)

Tennessee – Jordan Bone (sr), Grant Williams (sr)

Vanderbilt – Darius Garland (so)

PAC-12

Arizona – Deandre Ayton (jr), Lauri Markkanen (sr), Kobi Simmons (sr), Rawle Alkins (sr), Brandon Randolph (jr)

Arizona State – Luguentz Dort (so)

Oregon – Kenny Wooten (jr), Bol Bol (so), Louis King (so), Troy Brown (jr)

Stanford – KZ Okpala (jr)

UCLA – Lonzo Ball (sr), Jaylen Hands (jr) , TJ Leaf (sr), Kris Wilkes (jr), Ike Anigobu (sr)

USC – Kevin Porter Jr (so), De’Anthony Melton (sr)

Washington – Markelle Fultz (sr), Jaylon Nowell (jr)

American

Houston – Armoni Brooks (sr)

Wichita State – Landry Shamet (sr)

Big East

Creighton – Martin Krampelj (sr), Justin Patton (sr)

St. John’s – Shamorie Ponds (sr), Justin Simon (sr)

Villanova – Donte DiVincenzo (sr), Omari Spellman (jr)

WCC

Gonzaga – Rui Hachimura (sr), Brandon Clarke (sr), Zach Norvell (jr), Zach Collins (sr)

Atlantic 10

Dayton – Kostas Antetokounmpo

Mountain West

San Diego State – Jalen McDaniels (jr)

Ohio Valley

Murray State – Ja Morant (jr)

Projected top 10 rankings:

  1. Duke
  2. Kentucky
  3. Virginia
  4. Maryland
  5. Michigan State
  6. Arizona
  7. Oregon
  8. UCLA
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Florida State

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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