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USC graduate transfer Derryck Thornton is expected to visit Gonzaga from May 28-30.
Here’s how much everything has changed for Ja Morant in the last 12 months: He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. Put another way, he’s a player from a mid-major and will soon be a multimillionaire. He was at the draft combine this week, meeting with some teams and starting to figure out how to best navigate the waters up until the June 20 draft.
The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the draft combine. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Tulsa’s DaQuan Jeffries, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Ole Miss’ Terence Davis were invited to stay for the workouts that begin Thursday.
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie will not be attending the NBA Draft Combine after all. Tillie, Auburn’s Chuma Okeke and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter withdrew from the combine.
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.
It appears Zach Norvell Jr. has played his last game in a Gonzaga uniform. The sophomore wing told reporters in Atlanta after a Thursday workout for the Hawks that he plans on staying in the NBA draft.
If Texas center Mo Bamba had the chance, he would have entered the NBA draft out of high school. Instead, he waited the year and knows he benefited on some level. Still, with the so-called “one-and-done” rule likely to be changed in the next couple years, it makes some of the current draft hopefuls wonder how their path to the pros might have been different.
NBA scouts, general managers, coaches and team presidents sat in two rows of folding chairs around the court at the Quest Multisport Gym on Thursday at the NBA’s annual scouting combine. Some clacked away on the keyboards of their laptops, other scribbled notes on legal pads as many of the world’s top basketball prospects ran up and down the court in front of them.