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5 Kentucky Wildcats invited to NBA Draft Combine

A great chance for players to prove themselves in front of NBA personnel.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Texas A&M C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats will be well represented at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine.

Last Friday, invites to the event went out, and now we know a host of Cats will be heading to Chicago to work out for NBA teams.

According to Yahoo Sports, that list includes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt. Wenyen Gabriel was not invited.

Gilgeous-Alexander is coming off a surprising freshman season in which he averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game, despite not winning the starting point guard spot until midway through the season.

The Canadian star was also the only player on the team to shoot 40 percent or better from 3-point range. He was the third-most efficient shooter, shooting at a clip of 48.5 percent from the field. He’s widely projected as a lottery pick in this year’s draft.

Knox led the team in points per game with 15.6. He also led the team in 3-pointers made, and finished second on the team in total rebounds. He was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year, and landed on the first-team all-conference list. He too is projected as a lottery pick.

Diallo, who was a redshirt freshman this past season, averaged 10 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He shot 43 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range. He’s projected as an early second-round pick.

Washington averaged 10.8 points on 51.9 percent shooting, and also put up 5.7 rebounds per game. He’s projected as a late second round pick that could easily go undrafted, but a good showing at the combine could lock up a spot in Round 2.

Vanderbilt didn’t spend much time on the floor as a freshman at UK. He missed the first 17 games with a foot injury, not playing his first game until January 16. He then missed the last six games of the year as well with a sprained ankle. In his time on the floor, Vanderbilt averaged 5.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and one assist per game. He totaled just 238 minutes.

The combine will be held May 16-20 in Chicago. Here’s the full list of players invited:

  1. Rawle Alkins
  2. Grayson Allen
  3. Kostas Antetokounmpo
  4. Udoka Azubuike
  5. Marvin Bagley III
  6. Mohamed Bamba
  7. Jaylen Barford
  8. Keita Bates-Diop
  9. Tyus Battle
  10. Brian Bowen II
  11. Mikal Bridges
  12. Miles Bridges
  13. Bruce Brown Jr.
  14. Troy Brown Jr.
  15. Jalen Brunson
  16. Tony Carr
  17. Jevon Carter
  18. Wendell Carter
  19. Hamidou Diallo
  20. Donte DiVincenzo
  21. Trevon Duval
  22. Jacob Evans
  23. Bruno Fernando
  24. Melvin Frazier Jr.
  25. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  26. Devonte Graham
  27. Devon Hall
  28. Jaylen Hands
  29. Kevin Hervey
  30. Aaron Holiday
  31. Kevin Huerter
  32. Chandler Hutchison
  33. Jaren Jackson Jr.
  34. Justin Jackson
  35. Alize Johnson
  36. George King
  37. Kevin Knox
  38. Sagaba Konate
  39. Caleb Martin
  40. Cody Martin
  41. Yante Maten
  42. Brandon McCoy
  43. De’Anthony Melton
  44. Chimezie Metu
  45. Shake Milton
  46. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
  47. Malik Newman
  48. Josh Okogie
  49. Jontay Porter
  50. Michael Porter Jr.
  51. Billy Preston
  52. Jerome Robinson
  53. Mitchell Robinson
  54. Collin Sexton
  55. Landry Shamet
  56. Anfernee Simons
  57. Zhaire Smith
  58. Omari Spellman
  59. Khyri Thomas
  60. Gary Trent Jr.
  61. Allonzo Trier
  62. Jarred Vanderbilt
  63. Moritz Wagner
  64. Lonnie Walker
  65. PJ Washington
  66. Austin Wiley
  67. Kris Wilkes
  68. Kenrich Williams
  69. Trae Young