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Players invited to NBA Draft Combine named

May 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

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Sixty guys with a dream.

The names for the NBA Draft Combine to take place in Chicago have been released. These are the guys who will be measured, weighed and in most cases put through drills to test their speed, agility and shooting. I say in most cases because, like the NFL draft combine, some of the best players will sit out some drills.

If you wonder why they won the national championship, Kentucky had more player invited than any other school with six. North Carolina has four invitations; Baylor, Vanderbilt and Syracuse have three.

As for snubs, there is Casper Ware out of Long Beach State should be on this list. DraftExpress.com has him at 57 and he was one of the best players at the mid-major level this year. I’ll admit my bias up front — I’m a Long Beach State season ticket holder and watched Ware for four years. But he’s exactly the kind of player you will fall for at Summer League — quick, good in the open court, can shoot with range if he sets he feet, is aggressive and plays hard all over the court. He’s not big (5’9”) but the guy could find a spot in the league. Not inviting him to the combine was a mistake.

Still, all the big names got the call. The invitees are below in alphabetical order.

Quincy Acy, Baylor
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
Will Barton, Memphis
Bradley Beal, Florida
J’Covan Brown, Texas
William Buford, Ohio State
Jae Crowder, Marquette
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Andre Drummond, UConn
Kim English, Missouri
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt
Evan Fournier, France
Drew Gordon, New Mexico
Draymond Green, Michigan State
JaMychal Green, Alabama
Moe Harkless, St. John’s
John Henson, North Carolina
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Bernard James, Florida State
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Perry Jones III, Baylor
Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Kris Joseph, Syracuse
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Doron Lamb, Kentucky
Jeremy Lamb, UConn
Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Scott Machado, Iona
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Fab Melo, Syracuse
Khris Middleton, Texas A&M
Darius Miller, Kentucky
Quincy Miller, Baylor
Tony Mitchell, Alabama
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech
Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State
Miles Plumlee, Duke
Austin Rivers, Duke
Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Terrence Ross, Washington
Mike Scott, Virginia
Henry Sims, Georgetown
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt
Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
Marquis Teague, Kentucky
Hollis Thompson, Georgetown
Dion Waiters, Syracuse
Royce White, Iowa State
Tony Wroten, Washington
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

  1. hpeters77 - May 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Yeah Casper definitely should be considered, also his younger brother next year should be considered

  2. jimsjam33 - May 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    I just passed out learning you’re a Long Beach State ticketholder . I made it to a lot of LBSU games when Seth Greenberg was coach and I absolutely loved the summer Pro league , sponsered by Fila , when it was there . Ah , Kobe and Fish were rookie ballers in 97 for the Lakers playing at Long Beach State . All the great pro’s played there . Oddly enough , perhaps the best performances ever seen at the Fila Summer Pro League at Long Beach State was by Laker invitee Keith Closs . Believe it or not , his play put the fans and the Pro scouts in basketball eurphoria . He was sensational . This guy was was an un-drafted 7’3 center from Central Connecticut State . After the pro league he was approached by eight NBA teams who wanted to sign him . The Clippers took him with a 5 year $8.5 million dollar contract. He was so talented , but he wasted a promising career because he wanted to be a thug gangbanger and started to hit the booze bottle at a tender age . What a waste . He could have been special .
    In case you think I’m dreaming , I spoke to Dennis Johnson ( Boston Celtics ) later the coach of the Austin Toro’s NBADL who said the same thing to me . Dennis was an assistant to the Clippers before he took the Development league job .
    Long Beach State 49ers . What a great school and an outstanding basketball program .

    • Kurt Helin - May 24, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      I loved going to Summer League at the Pyramid. I love it less in Vegas because it’s 198 degrees every day (give or take) and my inlaws live there.

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