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2 Wildcats earn NBA Combine invites

Both have been projected as first-round selections in recent mock drafts.

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Former Kentucky Wildcats Brandon Boston Jr. and Isaiah Jackson were among 69 players selected to attend the NBA Draft Combine, which will be held June 21-27 at Wintrust Arena and the Marriott Marquis in Chicago.

The NBA Draft Combine is a multi-day showcase where some of the world’s best draft-eligible players will participate in physical measurements, interviews, drills, medical and athletic testing, and scrimmages in front of NBA personnel.

NBA coaches, general managers and scouts will be on hand to assess individual players in preparation for the annual NBA Draft, to be held July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

ESPN2 (June 24) and ESPNU (June 25) will provide coverage of the five-on-five games from 3-7 pm ET each day.

Athletes attend by invitation only from the NBA based on the feedback and requests from the 30 NBA teams. Some of Kentucky’s most recent departures have participated in the NBA Combine and gone on to successful NBA Draft nights and promising professional careers.

Both Boston and Jackson have announced they are forgoing their remaining college eligibility to stay in the draft.

Kentucky also has Davion Mintz, who declared for the draft but has left open the option to return to school. He was not invited to the combine and has until July 7 – 10 days after the combine – to withdraw from the draft to maintain his collegiate eligibility.

For what it’s worth, both Jackson (21st to New York Knicks) and Boston (26th to Denver Nuggets) were first-round picks in the most recent SB Nation mock draft by Rickey O=-Donnell.