On May 14-18, players who are hoping to hear there name called in this year’s NBA Draft, will be attending the NBA Draft Combine held in Chicago, Illinois. During this time, potential draftee’s test their speed, strength, agility, as well as their basketball skills in from of NBA GM’s, coaches, and scouts.
Yesterday, NBA Draft Express unveiled a list of over 60 draftees who have officially announced that they will be attending the NBA Draft Combine later this month. The list is broken down into underclassmen, seniors & draft eligibles, and not attending/not invited.
Among the underclassmen that are participating is Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Also, Duke freshman, and Utah Jazz fan favorite already, Jabari Parker. Julius Randle, coming off a freshman season at Kentucky that ended in a loss in the National Championship game, will work out. As well as Dante Exum out of Australia. Exum has had quite a bit of hype heading into the draft. Exum played in the United States during the Nike Hoops Summit last year. A lot of scouts were impressed with him, and it will be interesting to see how he performs during the combine.
Among the list of seniors & draft eligibles that are planning on attending is the sharpshooter from Creighton, Doug McDermott. Adreian Payne out of Michigan State, who might have the most NBA ready body in the whole draft, is expected to attend. Also, Shabazz Napier, who guided the UConn Huskies to another National Championship this season, will attend the combine as well.
There will be a lot of talent to watch during the combine, but there will be a couple guys that are currently on the not invited/not attending list that I think should really be there. Dario Saric out of Croatia, was once projected to go somewhere between picks five through nine. In the latest mock drafts, it is hard to find Saric anywhere near those picks. Also, another foreign player who people have really liked in the first round is a guy from Partizan, Bogdan Bogdanovic. Most mock drafts that have come out showed Bogdanovic going in the early to mid 20′s range in the first round. The combine could do nothing but help these two guys.
There are plenty more players that have declared that they will participate in the combine. If you would like to see the whole list, you can find that here. As you look at the list, keep in mind that the list is unofficial and players can still be added.
A reminder, the NBA Draft Combine will take place May 14-18 in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow all the action of the combine on NBA TV.