Monday is deadline day for college basketball underclassmen to declare whether they're going to make themselves available for the NBA draft or return to school.
Apparently taking their decision down to the final day at Chase Budinger of Arizona, Ryan Anderson of Cal and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of UCLA.
And from this distance, I think its fair to say that UW's coming hoops season could be significantly affected by those decisions.
For now, I think UW projects as very close to Arizona and Cal ... close enough where the Huskies would likely move past them if Budinger leaves Tucson (and Wildcats beat writer Steve Rivera says he likely will) and Anderson leaves Berkeley. And while I think UCLA survives as the league favorite even with its heavy losses, there's no doubt they become a more beatable team if Mbah a Moute departs.
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I've always made the case that UW could make a significant jump in the league standing next season based on two prime reasons: 1.) UW will field a far more experienced team than at any time during this downturn, and 2.) several other Pac-10 teams will drop back considerably.
How considerably will become clearer Monday. And if it's two places in the standings, that could be the difference between an NCAA bid or a disappointing something less.
Here's a good national roundup of late deciders from ESPN's Andy Katz.