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Washington’s Matisse Thybulle won’t attend NBA draft combine, despite invitation

UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Washington’s Matisse Thybulle attempts a shot over Oregon’s Louis King during the Pac-12 Tournament  March 16  in Las Vegas. (John Locher / AP)
Washington’s Matisse Thybulle attempts a shot over Oregon’s Louis King during the Pac-12 Tournament March 16 in Las Vegas. (John Locher / AP)
By Percy Allen Seattle Times

SEATTLE – Washington star guard Matisse Thybulle received an invitation to the NBA draft combine but is opting not to attend next week’s workouts in Chicago.

“Matisse will not be attending the NBA combine next week,” Thybulle’s agent Eric Goodwin said. “He was invited, but we decided to pass. We believe Matisse brings a unique basketball skillset to an NBA team and our focus will be on organizations that are interested and we believe are a good fit.”

Thybulle, a 6-foot-5 guard and the Naismith defensive player of the year, is considered a first-round prospect, according to several mock drafts.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Joe Tansey at the Bleacher Report project Thybulle will be taken by the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 24.

NBAdraftroom.com projects Thybulle as the No. 27th pick going to the New Jersey Nets, while NBAdraft.net tabs him as the No. 29th pick going to San Antonio.

UW standout Jaylen Nowell is among the 66 draft hopefuls attending the combine, Wednesday through May 19.

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