In a tweet late Monday afternoon, Virginia Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy announced that, officially, he’s committing to the NBA Draft and will not be withdrawing his name prior to the deadline to return to play for Virginia another year.
Saying goodbye twice is not easy.. Charlottesville I just want to say thank you so much. I’ll never forget this. One day I will have the words. I am officially keeping my name in the draft. I know it’s the right step after much prayer and thought with my family #NoParachute pic.twitter.com/GMej9BrxBu— Kyle J Guy (@kylejguy5) April 22, 2019
“Saying goodbye twice is not easy,” said Guy in the tweet. “Charlottesville I just want to say thank you so much. I’ll never forget this. One day I will have the words. I am officially keeping my name in the draft. I know it’s the right step after much prayer and thought with my family #NoParachute”
He had previously announced on April 16 that not only would he be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, but that he’d be signing with an agent. He also expressly said that he “will leave the option of coming back to school open.”
Monday’s tweet is punctuated with finality, for the Cavalier faithful hoping—selfishly—that he would return.
As of right now, if he does in fact leave his name in the draft, he will be unable to return to Virginia, even if he happens to go undrafted. Of course, between now and May 29, Guy could still decide to withdraw from the draft and end his relationship with his agent. If does, he can return a Cavalier.
But that’s not the whole story. In September 2018, the NCAA updated some of its rules on NBA draft flexibility:
College basketball players who request an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify their athletics director of their intent by 5 p.m. the Monday after the draft.
This change, however, will only become effective if and when the NBA and NBPA makes a rule change of their own: to make undrafted student-athletes who return to college after the draft ineligible for the NBA until the end of the next college basketball season.
As of right now, though, the NBPA has not approved any such rule, so it seems unlikely that this would go into effect in time to allow Guy to go through the NBA Combine and the Draft, and still return to Charlottesville.
Nor does his tweet suggest that he’s even trying to leave open that possibility.