This is from a recent ESPN chat
Chad Ford: (2:12 PM ET ) He was awesome and he’ll compete with Ed Davis and a few other freshmen for that.However, there is some buzz that Wall believes he might be eligible for THIS year’s draft.
I’ve been doing some digging and will be filing a story later today. The short rub is this: Wall is a 5th year senior and depending on how you read the collective bargaining agreement, 5th year seniors are eligible for the draft as long as the turn 19 in the calendar year (Wall does).
The league is taking a wait and see approach. If he declares, they’ll research and make a ruling. If he does declare and is ruled eligible (two big ifs) he’s a Top 5 pick in this draft. Maybe Top 3.
This could become a very interesting situation. I’ll update this post when more is known.
Update: Here is the actual rule and a link to more information on draft eligibility issues
- (A) is or will be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and
- (B) with respect to a player who is not an international player (defined below), at least one (1) NBA Season has elapsed since the player’s graduation from high school (or, if the player did not graduate from high school, since the graduation of the class with which the player would have graduated had he graduated from high school)
Update: John Hall will not declare for the NBA Draft