- Eamonn Brennan, ESPN Staff Writer
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Dee Bost's list of bad decisions is starting to pile up.
First, there was declaring for the NBA draft, despite being projected to go undrafted by many. Then there was staying in the draft past the NCAA's new May 8 deadline. And then there was this: Bost's attempt to appeal the NCAA for reinstatement despite the forfeiture of his amateur status based on his foray into the NBA draft. Maybe that last one isn't so much a bad decision as a desperate one. But still.
Bost's explanation for this? Per ESPN's Andy Katz, Bost is going to argue that he didn't know about the new rule:
Bost is attending summer school and wants to come back for his junior season, so he's launching an appeal with the NCAA's reinstatement committee on the grounds that he didn't know the new rule. His case is that he assumed -- wrongly -- that the former rule (that a player could go through the draft process and return to college if he didn't sign with an agent) still existed.
You could understand the confusion if Bost were your average sports fan. I had to explain the new draft deadline to plenty of friends this offseason; most hadn't heard a thing about it. But Bost isn't your average sports fan. He's a college basketball player and an NBA prospect. He should have known the rule. It was public. People were writing about it. It wasn't exactly a state secret, you know?
The rule itself is garbage, of course, and it should be changed. It leads players to make bad decisions based on a lack of information. But Bost's case has less to do with a lack of information about his own draft prospects and more to do with the fact that he didn't know a very public, very important rule that could drastically impact his future existed. That's not exactly the lack of information we critics of the new draft deadline are referring to, you know?
On the other hand, though, it'd be nice if the NCAA would grant some measure of leniency here. It's unlikely Bost was corrupted by his brief dip in the draft waters. It is a new year for the rule. If it's possible -- and I don't know that it is -- the NCAA should say, "OK, just this last time, and you have to sit out six games, and now everybody knows about the rule, so no more excuses!" That probably wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.