NEW YORK — There’s a new wrinkle to the high school basketball season, and it’s one that’s already had some ripple effects.
For one, some of the most popular high school teams in the nation could see some of their best prospects take a step back and focus on playing college basketball, according to ESPN.
The move comes after the NBA draft and the NCAA Tournament, where the best high school players will be competing against some of college basketball’s best.
And it could affect the rest of the college basketball landscape.
If a number of high school coaches see a need to fill roles and get younger, it could lead to some of those top players stepping away from their college basketball careers.
A number of top college basketball prospects are still undecided on whether they want to attend college.
Here are the five schools that could see their best players depart this season, according the ESPN report: Baylor Bears – Sophomore forward Jaylen Brown is still undecided on whether he wants to go to school or play college basketball.
“I don’t know where I want to go, but I’m a Baylor Bears fan,” Brown told ESPN.
“I want to be a Baylor Bear.
If they ask me to play, I’ll be fine.”
Basketball analyst and former Bears player Brandon Knight told ESPN he has a lot of respect for Brown.
“He’s a really good player, but he’s going to have to be careful.
If he plays, then he’s not going to be able to play college ball, so that’s what we’re worried about,” Knight said.
Boston College Eagles -The Eagles’ leading scorer, Jarell Martin, is still undecided.
Martin is currently in the process of signing a letter of intent to play at Boston College.
“[I’m] a Boston College Eagles fan,” Martin told ESPN, “but I’ve got to think about my future.
I’m going to play for a school that’s going into the ACC.”
The Eagles also have a lot riding on their top three scorers, according ESPN.
That includes freshman forward Jaron Blossomgame.
Blossomgame is also a former Boston College star, and he’s considering going to college.
“I’ve always thought I wanted to play in the ACC,” Blossomgame told ESPN in January.
“It’s my dream to play there.”
Louisville Cardinals -Center Alex Len was one of the top high school prospects in the country when he chose Louisville.
Len, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound center, chose Louisville over schools like North Carolina and Texas.
But Len, a former Kentucky basketball player, said he’s thinking about his future as well.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -Freshman guard/forward Ben McLemore is still unsure about whether he will attend school.
McLemore, a transfer from Boston College, said that while he has his mind on going to school, he wants more time to make a decision.
Former Kentucky basketball star Deandre Ayton told ESPN that McLemores decision is good for his college career.
“McLeminore was the No. 1 overall player in the 2015 class,” Ayton said.
“He is going to go into the pros with a lot more than his four-year degree.
It’s going do him a lot good.
It gives him more time and it gives him a chance to grow.”
Minnesota Timberwolves -Senior guard and former NBA star Kevin Love is still weighing his options.
Love, who was the eighth pick in the 2014 draft, had to withdraw from the draft due to a hip injury.
ESPN said Love will still have to sit out a year to make up for the absence of a top draft pick, and is still considering playing at the University of Kentucky, a top recruiting destination for college basketball players.
North Carolina Tar Heels -Former Duke standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has decided not to transfer to North Carolina, according ESPN.
Kidd-Gilchys decision comes as the Tar Heel team is set to visit Duke on Monday.
In a press release, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Kidd-Garcia’s decision to not attend UNC was based on his desire to focus on his basketball career.
NC State Wolfpack -There are no immediate plans for former NC State star/point guard Aaron Harrison to transfer, according an ESPN report.
Harrison, a three-time NCAA champion and first-team All-American, has not announced his decision to transfer.
He played for the Wolfpack from 2010-12, and was a member of the 2015 national champion team.
Kentucky Wildcats -Junior forward Josh Hart is still in the midst of deciding whether to transfer or play at Kentucky.