As underclassmen weigh the consequences of leaving college early, some college coaches, NBA front-office members and agents do not seem exactly sure how the possible lockout will ultimately affect the draft class.
“I had one N.B.A. guy tell me that anyone that is a bubble guy, the lockout should pop everyone’s bubble,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “Those guys are a risk anyway. Put this factor into the mix, and it’s just too volatile.”
“I think it will have an effect, and it should have one,” agent Mark Bartelstein said, noting the consequence of leaving early and being sidelined by a lockout. “That’s a disastrous thing for a player in the development stage of his career. It is an issue, and something I’ve raised with coaches and families, and that’s part of the equation, I think.”