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Nardone: Imagining a college basketball trade deadline

17 March 2016: G Grayson Allen (3) of the Duke Blue Devils warms up. The Duke Blue Devils defeated the UNC Wilmington Seahawks 93-85 in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball tournament at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island. (Photograph by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
(Photograph by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Major League Baseball is a sport where grown men wear tight clothing and attempt to hit a round ball with a stick. It is a lot of other more complex things than that, but at the end of the day the goal is the same — the guy hurling the baseball is trying to get the guy with the stick out, and the guy with the stick is trying to hit the baseball.

Now that you know what baseball is, did you know that the MLB trade deadline is on Monday? It is an important portion of the slapstick season. Contending teams attempt to ravage the top part of the rosters of teams not in contention. In exchange, those floundering clubs tend to get minor league prospects and a promise of a better tomorrow.

Not that this idea is new, as many an outlet has done it before, but what if college basketball had a singular day in which trades can be made? A place in space and time in which one program can trade some assets to another, and the lives of many an unpaid laborer would be changed forever?

Mind blown, right? Well, maybe not, but whatever. Let’s take a look at a few that would be neat in the realm of shooty hoops.

Kentucky trades unprotected future top prospect to Davidson for Jack Gibbs

Why does this make sense? I am glad you asked. John Calipari regularly brings in the best high school players in the nation. That is his deal. Davidson does not do those things.

The Kentucky Wildcats are yet again bringing in more McDonald’s All-Americans than you can wave a stick at. However, there will be some issues as far as experience is concerned. Bringing in Gibbs solves that. Not only will he add that experience, but a legitimate threat to score on every play.

For Davidson, it gets a future top-tier prospect. Like, a legit top-10 or so player — something the university never lands. Even if that player ends up being a one-and-done, the profile of the school raises a bit as ESPN and the like has shown a propensity to air games of teams with future NBA players on it (see: Ben Simmons/LSU last season). The program can then parlay that into future recruiting success.

Duke Trades Grayson Allen to Grand Canyon in exchange for cash

The Blue Devils are bringing in what might be its best recruiting class ever. They’re also returning college basketball’s favorite dirtiest player in the game, Grayson Allen. That’s a lot of things for the college basketball community to hate on. Maybe too much, even.

Grand Canyon, on the other hand, is eligible for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its history. The for-profit university garnered a lot of national attention last season and is poised to make a run to make an appearance in the Big Dance. However, even if it gets a pair of dancing shoes the Antelopes are unlikely to go trotting deep in the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s the deal: Grand Canyon gets a really talented player in Allen who can carry the team when needed. In fact, the Thunder Dan led program would likely win so many games in 2016-17 with Allen on the roster it would end up being ranked before March even hit. As for Duke, it rids itself of a polarizing player in exchange for money — which it would undoubtedly put toward its “Keep Coach K Immortal Slush Fund” that has to be shrinking in monetary value.

Cincinnati trades its entire roster to Oregon for Nike rights

The Bearcats wear Adidas products. For the most part the uniforms are solid. However, every once in a blue moon Mick Cronin hurls out his players and they are all wearing abominations to the senses.

"Look at me, I am a human sized ketchup bottle!" Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire

“Look at me, I am a human sized ketchup bottle!” Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire

Anyway, all the cool kids wear Nike and Under Armour. Adidas is so yesterday.

(Puts pair of Adidas back on)

The Bearcats would get an upgrade in “cool” wardrobe, which can then be parlayed into better recruiting success. After all, Cronin will be able to use his Nike stuff to help lure the nation’s best prospects to Cincy.

As for Oregon, a team that is returning most of its good players from a squad that was a one-seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament, the Ducks would be getting enough talent to become the very best team in the nation. Honestly, a no-brainer for them and just a solid use of the university’s connection to Nike.

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