The invites to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine continue to t…

The invites to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine continue to trickle out. And while a full list is expected sometime around May 4th, another Virginia Cavaliers standout has been reported as being on the list. As reported earlier, courtesy of NBA Draft God on Twitter, both Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter have received invites to the combine. Now, NBA Draft God is reporting that Ty Jerome has also been added to the list of invites.

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Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby is one of 60 players invited to the NBA Combine. Roby confirmed the news via text late on Saturday night. He received the invite via e-mail on Friday.
Approximately 60 players receive an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine each season. This year, three of them will be from Tennessee. Jordan Bone, Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams all received invites to the scouting event, which takes place from May 15-19.
Darren Wolfson: Even further proof that it isn't easy to get an invite to the #NBA Draft Combine: Ethan Happ and Jordan Murphy didn't get one. But like Travis, both will have workouts with individual teams in May and June. #Gophers #Badgers
St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds and Yale guard Miye Oni both received invitations to the NBA Combine May 15-19 in Chicago, they told ZAGSBLOG Friday night.
Zach Braziller: Owens has been invited to the G League Elite Camp in Chicago and is an alternative at moment for NBA Combine. #sjubb
Adam Zagoria: Villanova’s Eric Paschall earned an NBA Combine invite, coach Jay Wright tells me. They’re waiting on word on Phil Booth.
Jeremy Woo: Boston College’s Ky Bowman has received an NBA combine invitation, per source. Tough-minded, stat-stuffing guard has intrigued teams with his athleticism and defensive potential.

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Tennessee's own Grant Williams has been invited to the NBA Draft Combine. The junior forward made the announcement on Twitter:

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Adam Johnson: In minor NBA Draft Combine news, multiple league sources tell @2ways10days that the NBA is changing its handshake agreement with the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to invite the top 5 players to the combine.
Cole is the second notable player from a historically black school to declare for the draft, as Shaw’s Amir Hinton made the announcement on March 7. While Hinton has hired representation, Cole will wait to see if he will be invited to the NBA draft combine in Chicago in May to gauge his future prospects. “I want to get a chance to make it to the NBA combine in Chicago, to show off my skills and catch a team’s eye,” he said.
That swish from the left corner was Huerter’s first of 15 straight made three-pointers in an individual drill. Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton, Starbucks coffee in hand, stopped mid-stride to watch Huerter move around the arc. Peja Stojakovic, one of the best shooters in NBA history and now the director of player personnel for the Sacramento Kings, paused a conversation to do the same. A Western Conference scout tracked Huerter’s shots on a chart, and when it was only makes and no misses he picked up his pencil and mouthed a single word: Wow.
The Cavaliers interviewed 20 players at the NBA Draft Combine this week in Chicago, a team source said, including most of the consensus lottery picks who attended the event. The Cavs, who have the No. 8 pick in the June draft, sat with marquee players including Trae Young of Oklahoma, Mo Bamba of Texas, and Mikal Bridges of Villanova, according to sources and media reports.
Isaiah Thomas: Oh yeah. That combine shit doesn’t mean anything!!! I remember preparing myself and killing every drill & being at the top in every category. Still picked last! Don’t get discouraged. They can’t HIDE out forever. At some point the “top” guys gotta compete
“They obviously had a really good year this year, surprised a lot of people,” Young said of the Sixers. “Really didn’t surprise me just because I know how talented Ben [Simmons] and Joel [Embiid] are. So they are looking for a playmaker all-around. I know they are interested in me. But you never know how things will fall.”
Bryan Kalbrosky: Lonnie Walker has already met with five teams with a Top 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, source tells me. The list includes Knicks, Magic, Bulls and Sixers. Clippers have also expressed interest. Draft stock definitely rising.
This week at the combine, teams are allowed to interview up to 20 prospects. The Heat used up all 20 of those interviews, and six of the players confirmed to the Palm Beach Post they met with the Heat this week: Miami guard Bruce Brown, West Virginia guard Jevon Carter, Texas-Arlington forward Kevin Hervey, Maryland guard Kevin Huerter, Nevada forward Cody Martin and Southern Cal forward Chimezie Metu
By far, the big hit of the predraft combine was the interview setup for the Pistons, who turned to virtual reality to challenge the potential draftees with 12 game-type decision questions. Players were required to don VR goggles, which transported them to the team’s practice facility and presented them with plays unfolding around them. Using a remote control, the players would answer the questions.
Keith Pompey: #Oklahoma PG Trae Young thinks he’s the best overall player in this draft. He interviewed with the #Sixers here at the #NBACombine.
Josh Robbins: Oklahoma point guard Trae Young said he interviewed with the Magic this week at the NBA Draft Combine.
Jason Quick: Miami shooting guard Lonnie Walker interviewed with Blazers' psychologist, but he will not workout in Portland according to agent Happy Walters because at No. 24 the Blazers are selecting too low for Walker's expected draft position.
KC Johnson: Wendell Carter Jr. on Bagley's eligibility: "My role changed a little bit. But I do whatever I have to do to win." And on NBA: "For the most part, I think college does put a limitation on a lot of players. The NBA, I think that’s more my realm where I can show what I can do."
The Suns met with 6-foot-11 Duke forward Marvin Bagley III in Chicago, and McDonough also mentioned several other top contenders
Bruno Fernando is one of three Maryland players participating in the combine this week — along with guard Kevin Huerter and forward Justin Jackson — and he and Huerter have yet to sign agents. That means they have until May 30 to decide whether they will return to Maryland or forego the rest of their college eligibility and enter the draft. A few people with knowledge of Fernando’s situation believe he is closer to declaring for the draft than he is to returning for a sophomore season in College Park. His highest mock-draft projections are as a late first-round pick; some predict he won’t be selected at all.
It has been primarily held in Chicago, although at various venues, with an occasional pit-stop in Orlando. While Chicago seems like the ideal geographic location for all 30 NBA teams as none of them have to travel overly far, the future of the camp in the Windy City is murky. There are whispers the camp could be moved to the East Coast and specifically to Baltimore, which is the headquarters for Under Armour, the major sponsor of the NBA pre-draft camp.
On Wednesday, Boise State wing and projected first-round pick Chandler Hutchison surprisingly pulled out of the draft combine behind the first reported draft promise to surface, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express/ESPN:
Keith Langlois: Add Penn State's Tony Carr to list of players who've interviewed with the Pistons. Lots of point guards on their list, it appears.
Harrison Wind: Michigan State forward Miles Bridges says he met with the Nuggets at the draft combine today. He says he also met with CHI, SAC, IND, CLE, SAS, CHA, PHI, NYK and LAC. Bridges is a versatile combo forward who’s projected to go in the late-lottery
Jason Quick: Players who today confirmed they have met, or plan to meet with Blazers at NBA Combine: Donte DeVincenzo, PG/SG, Villanova Khyri Thomas, PG/SG, Creighton Jerome Robinson, PG/SG, Boston College Shake Milton, PG/SG, SMU Bruce Brown, SG, Miami Jacob Evans, SF, Cincinnati
Porter Jr., like most projected lottery picks, did not participate in the five-on-five scrimmages here during the first day of action at the combine, which ends Friday. Jontay Porter, who has declared for the draft but has not signed with an agent — which leaves open the possibility of a return to MU — surprisingly opted not to participate in the scrimmages either. “We were advised not to have him do five-on-five,” Porter Sr. told The Star.
Jontay Porter must decide whether to stay in the NBA Draft or return to school by May 30. The father said he would not need a first-round guarantee from an individual NBA franchise in order to feel comfortable with Jontay going pro, but he would like “the majority of the feedback to be like: Oh yeah, he’s definitely first-round material.”
Mark Strotman: Michigan State SF Miles Bridges says he met with the Bulls. Mentions liking Fred Hoiberg and respecting the tradition of the organization.
Jon Nyatawa: Khyri Thomas said he's met with about 10 teams already. More interviews to come tomorrow too. Mentioned the Jazz, Suns, Bulls, Lakers, Celtics, Hawks & Wizards
John Denton: .@DukeMBB G Grayson Allen on comparisons to former @OrlandoMagic G JJ Redick, a mentor of his: “I don’t think JJ jumped 40 inches.” Allen hails from Jacksonville and attended Magic preseason games there.
Interesting: @BobbyMarks42 says on ESPN2 that Michael Porter Jr. won’t go through his physical at the NBA combine, which means it’ll be up to agent Mark Bartelstein to distribute info.
DiVincenzo, a 6-foot-5 guard, plans to participate in the NBA draft combine's five-on-five games on Thursday and Friday. He hasn't made a final decision on staying in the June NBA draft, but tells ESPN that he expects to leave Villanova should he emerge before the May 30 deadline with the belief that he has firmed a spot in the late first-round.
Shams Charania: Sources: Along with Mitchell Robinson, Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison has withdrawn from the NBA draft combine this week in Chicago.
Shams Charania: Late addition to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, league sources say: North Carolina's Theo Pinson. The 6-foot-6 guard has ability to play and defend multiple positions and had standout career at UNC that included 2017 NCAA title.
Shams Charania: Late addition to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, league sources say: North Carolina's Theo Pinson. The 6-foot-6 guard has ability to play and defend multiple positions and had standout career at UNC that included 2017 NCAA title.
Unlike last year, though, Wagner will not participate in 5-on-5 games, he told The Detroit News on Sunday as he returned to Detroit from Los Angeles. He will leave for Chicago on Monday. “I won’t play 5-on-5,” Wagner said. “I am very excited (for the combine). It’s good that it’s the second time. I’m used to it a little bit more."
Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks, Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz will appear on ESPN’s NBA Draft Combine broadcast later this month, replacing Fran Fraschilla, Jeff Goodman, Jay Williams, and Tom Penn, sources tell Awful Announcing. Jay Bilas will also feature prominently on the broadcast, while Maria Taylor will host.
The National Basketball Association announced today that 69 players are expected to attend the 2018 NBA Draft Combine powered by Under Armour. The NBA Draft Combine is the first step in the Draft process for NBA hopefuls and features five-on-five games as well as strength and agility drills at Chicago’s Quest Multisport on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 with ESPN 2 providing coverage both days from 3-7 p.m. ET.
Jeff Bower will continue to operate as the GM, league sources said. He is expected to lead Detroit's contingent at the draft combine in Chicago next week and oversee the team's individual draft workouts and draft planning. The rest of the front-office staff is expected to continue, too -- until further notice. Most of Detroit's front-office contracts expire this summer.

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“The word is he (Ethan Happ) is going back to school and only using this to get an evaluation of his game from us,’’ a veteran NBA college scout said explaining why Happ wasn’t chosen to partake in the NBA Combine, which is May 16-20. “And another reason he wasn’t chosen is that we’ve all seen him play a lot at Wisconsin. We know his game; we know what he’s about. A bunch of guys going to Chicago, we don’t know nearly as much about.’’
The list of attendees to the 2018 NBA draft combine in Chicago is out, and it doesn’t include LiAngelo Ball—and not by accident, either. According to a person close to Gelo, the former Prienu Vytautas star was not invited to the annual scouting event, which runs May 16-20 in the Windy City. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.
Bruce Pascoe: Arizona's Allonzo Trier has signed with agent James Dunleavy. He'll participate in the NBA Combine later this month along with Rawle Alkins.
Hamidou Diallo has decided not to participate in the NBA Combine, a decision that surprised and left open the possibility of second guessing.
Michael Scotto: Former Arizona guard Rawle Alkins has signed with agents Dan Frank and Jarinn Akana. Alkins received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine, as @Adam Zagoria reported. He is expected to participate in all portions of the combine.
Former UNLV center Brandon McCoy has been invited to the NBA draft combine on May 16-20 in Chicago. His agent, David Mulugheta, confirmed the invitation.
Auburn center Austin Wiley has been invited to the NBA Draft Combine. Wiley is one of four Auburn players to declare for this year's NBA Draft. Mustapha Heron, Jared Harper and Bryce Brown all also declared for the draft, though only Heron intends to sign with an agent.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Missouri State's Alize Johnson will participate in the NBA Draft Combine, per source. He is a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds with 1.2 three-pointers per game last year.
Hamidou Diallo has been invited to participate in the NBA Combine next month. And his high school coach said he could see a lot of familiar faces there. Tom Espinosa, who coached Diallo at Putnam Science Academy in Queens, N.Y., said his former player told an assistant coach about the invitation to the NBA Combine. “He said all the Kentucky guys were invited,” Espinosa said, “and all the Duke guys, too.” Four other UK players have entered their names in the June 21 NBA Draft: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel, Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington.
West Virginia sophomore Sagaba Konate has been invited to the NBA draft combine, a team source told 247Sports Monday. The 6-foot-8 forward from Mali will participate in the premier pre-draft showcase that's held May 16-20 in Chicago.
Syracuse guard Tyus Battle has received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine, his father tells CuseNation.com. Battle has declared for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent. He has until May 30th to withdraw if he wishes to return to Syracuse.
Kentucky’s leading scorer last season, Kevin Knox, has been invited to participate in the NBA Combine next month, the player’s father said Sunday. Earlier this month, UK Coach John Calipari had said that getting an invitation to the Combine sent a message about credibility as an NBA Draft prospect. Various mock drafts project Knox as a late lottery selection.
Five Kansas basketball players — Udoka Azubuike, Devonté Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Malik Newman and Billy Preston — have been invited to the NBA Combine, set for May 16-20 in Chicago, KU announced on its basketball Twitter account on Saturday night. A sixth Jayhawk, Lagerald Vick, is listed as an alternate. Azubuike, a sophomore, is the only one of the six players with a chance to return to KU for the 2018-19 season. He has not signed with an agent, thus has until May 30 to withdraw his name from the draft if he wishes to return to college.
Matt Tait: #KUbball alums Devonte’ Graham & Malik Newman have received invitations to the NBA Combine, May 16-20 in Chicago. Still awaiting word on Svi, Vick, Azubuike & Preston…
Brian Bowen, the former Louisville signee who is one of the players at the center of the FBI investigation into college basketball, has been invited to the NBA combine. Jason Setchen, the attorney representing Bowen as he deals with the NCAA fallout of the investigation, said Bowen received the invitation Friday. The 6'7" wing from La Lumiere High in La Porte, Ind., is currently enrolled at South Carolina. He has declared for the NBA draft, but he hasn’t hired an agent and hasn’t decided whether he’ll stay in the draft. “He’s excited he was selected,” Setchen said of the combine, which takes place in Chicago from May 16–20. “He’s appreciative of the opportunity to show what he can do.”
Since announcing on May 3 that he was hiring an agent and would not be returning to the Runnin’ Utes, Kyle Kuzma has received his degree from the U., thrown out the first pitch at a Utes baseball game (very low and outside), turned in one of the better performances of any prospect at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, and has worked out for five NBA teams in advance of the draft.
Adam Zagoria‏: In addition to working out for Milwaukee, Chicago & Nets, UK G @Diallo1Hamidou worked out for Boston before the Combine, per league source.
In past years, the Kings have had trouble getting consideration from elite prospects, let alone an interview with a top tier player. That all seems to be changing. Not only did Markelle Fultz, the player most believe will go with the top overall pick, sit down with the Kings brass, Sacramento got the first crack at an interview with the guard from Washington. Perry, the team’s new executive vice president of basketball operations has ties to the Fultz camp, which is usually the way this all works.
Whether Jok did enough to impress the pro personnel at the camp and improve his stock for the June draft isn’t known. What also isn’t known, at least to many NBA officials who attended the camp, is that Jok participated under some extenuating circumstances. After arriving in Chicago on Monday, he immediately hit the books and studied for four exams in anthropology, sports business, human development and Swahili. He took two tests on Tuesday, one on Wednesday and the final one on Thursday. It meant he was up early morning and going to bed late at night.
HoopsHype asked a dozen NBA players – from rookies to veterans – about the most bizarre exchanges they had with a team at the combine or during one of their draft visits. The following are all real questions asked by teams: If you were the size of a pencil and stuck in a blender, how would you get out? Several players said they were asked this question. Apparently, this is a question that Google and other Silicon Valley companies have used during interviews, and at least one NBA team has started asking it as well. The idea is to get an understanding of the player’s thinking, creativity, problem-solving, etcetera.
What’s your favorite strain of weed? Four separate players say they were asked some variation of this question. Three were asked to specifically name their favorite strain, while another was just asked what kind of pot they liked. One player said he was asked, “Do you prefer to smoke with a bong or a joint?” The team is obviously trying to get the player to admit he smokes weed.
What drink do you order when you’re in the club? Much like the weed question, they’re trying to see if a player is into drinking and clubbing. (Keep in mind that many of these prospects aren’t 21 years old, so that’s another reason teams will ask this.)
Kennedy Meeks measured 6-10 1/4 with shoes with a wingspan of 7-1. He met only with the San Antonio Spurs at the combine, but expects to have some workouts coming up. “I didn’t have an agent until I got here, so it was kind of a late process,” he said of signing with agent Charles Briscoe.
Fran Fraschilla‏: Heard he was a great guy, but nobody impressed me more at the @NBADraft Combine than Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox. His charisma was off charts.
Michael Scotto‏: Several executives said Rawle Alkins played well at the NBA Draft Combine. He's working on his dribble and 3PT shot.
“I’m just a regular guy who has an absolute obsession with the game of basketball, and a passion to play,’’ Collins said. “I’m not going to be satisfied once I get to the league. I want to be an All-Star. I want to win championships.’’
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NBA withholding 40 percent of player salaries in escrow?

Marks: The players. Agents are bracing for the possibility of up to 40% of the escrow being withheld from players, sources told ESPN. That money would offset losses incurred with a lack of revenue coming in from home games. And from a health standpoint, 22 teams just endured a grueling stretch of basketball, both physically and mentally. I would think that players who finished the playoffs in September or October will not be happy that training camp is now weeks instead of months away.
NBA on ESPN: John Wall working out with Nets players Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan (via graydientvisuals/Instagram, klutchsports/Instagram)

Knicks targeting Yoeli Childs in second round?

One name to keep an eye on with the Knicks in the second round? BYU power forward/center Yoeli Childs. The Knicks interviewed Childs recently, per SNY sources, and those sources said Childs has been making a strong impression during interviews with teams who have picks in the early/mid second round. The Knicks have the 38th pick in the second round. The club has interviewed dozens of players, so the fact that they interviewed Childs shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. But it does confirm that the club has a level of interest in the 6-8, 255-pound big man.

Hakeem Olajuwon: Jordan far superior player than LeBron

Former Houston Rockets star Hakeem told CNBC that it’s always been Jordan for him, and apparently, his opinion won’t change when it comes to this debate on who is the most superior player he ever faced. “When people start comparing him with Jordan, then that’s not a fair comparison. Jordan was a far more superior player in a very tough league, and he was very creative. That’s not taking away anything from LeBron because he is a great player, but it is not a fair comparison because Jordan is a far superior player.” Hakeem Olajuwon, via CNBC
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RW: Do you think the title with the Lakers puts LeBron over the top in the G.O.A.T. debate? Mike Penberthy: I don’t know if it’s possible to compare eras. As a player, the NBA calls the game differently from a referee standpoint and the gameplay is played differently in all the eras. What rules are you comparing these guys in? I think [Michael] Jordan was the greatest in his era. I think Magic [Johnson] and [Larry] Bird were the best in their era. I think Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], who doesn’t get any love, I’ve always thought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the greatest basketball player to ever walk the earth because of what he did from the time he was 15 until the time he was 40.
RW: You won a championship playing with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal and now you’ve coached LeBron and Anthony Davis to a title. What are the differences in those Lakers superstar duos? Mike Penberthy: All four of them are different players. Shaq is a true center. A.D. is a freak hybrid. LeBron is one of the most dominant forces in transition and with his basketball I.Q. and ability to pass, dribble and make big shots. And then Kobe was one of the greatest scorers and greatest talents in NBA history, so all of them were different in their own ways. Shaq had the ability to make other people better. LeBron made other people better. A.D. and Kobe were more of the assassins of the group. They’re looking to score and looking to get the ball. Not that they couldn’t make other people better, but they were more valuable to the team scoring.
Mike Penberthy: The differences are really that they were all different players, but here’s the unique thing that’s similar. Shaq and Kobe were better when they played together with each in pick-and-rolls and in post-ups and kick-outs. LeBron and A.D. got better when they played together. When they shared the ball and utilized each other’s strengths. They’re much better together than they were apart individually. I think Shaq and Kobe came together to bring home championships and I think it’s the same for LeBron and A.D.
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