|Miller is the first of many who will make a mockery of the NCAA's draft deadline in the years to come. (Getty Images)|
After initially saying he'd come back for his sophomore season exactly two weeks ago, Baylor forward Quincy Miller has changed his mind and will put his name into the NBA draft.
Baylor coach Scott Drew confirmed the news to CBSSports.com, saying that "Quincy felt it was best for him and his family. ... We support him."
So much for that deadline, huh, NCAA?
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There was an April 10 joke of a date for college kids to declare for the draft. If they didn't declare by then, pigeons went about their day, the earth's weather patterns remained unpredictable, the price of gas rose yet again and Mark Emmert probably woke up feeling beautiful.
The NBA's do-or-die decision date is April 29, and it's the only one that matters. Miller initially said he was coming back, but then, after someone clearly got in his ear, he's now gone. Baylor was a top-10 team with him, and now without him, they'll slip a bit, sure.
But let's also consider that the April recruiting period just started back up again this past weekend, so perhaps Scott Drew is getting new leads on guys -- and so maybe, while this decision stings now, he can cope. You never know.
Here's the bigger impact and indication of the trend to come. Miller's just the first of what will be many heel-turns if the NCAA and the NBA can't agree upon one date. Having two dates is just stupid and one of the most glaring examples of incongruousness between the two organizations.
The first one means jack if the second one is run the the Association. Players can bolt on their teams if they get more information about where they're likely to be selected. Well after a player states he's coming back to school in late March/early April, there is still plenty of time for players, coaches, handlers, whomever to make calls, get more information and further muck up the process. As a writer, I don't mind it, but surely this can't be what coaches or the league wants, right?
Judging off this decision, and this is just me talking here without any inside information, I'd be shocked if Miller isn't seen as a lottery pick now. Otherwise, why the change of the heart?
Miller was an 11.1-point, 5-rebound per game player last season as a starter for the Bears.