John Calipari was seen at the NBA Draft Combine, and spoke on the condition of Jarred Vanderbilt.
Calipari said that Vanderbilt didn’t participate in the combine because he physically couldn’t, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton.
Calipari also told the Courier-Journal that it just didn’t make sense for Vanderbilt to come if he couldn’t work, but it didn’t stop him from meeting with NBA teams.
“He asked me what I thought about him not coming, and I said if you cannot do any of the stuff I don’t see the reason,” Calipari said. “And he met with a team or two, so he’s done some of that.”
Vanderbilt is still weighing his options after skipping the combine, according to a tweet he sent out earlier this week.
The 6-foot-9-inch forward from Texas isn’t showing up on many mock drafts, but there’s been increased interest in him from NBA executives since the conclusion of the season, mostly due to his size, versatility and rebounding ability.
His inability to get in front of the scouts for the combine couldn’t have helped his stock, and if he’s looking for a draft guarantee, he’s likely better off coming back to UK for another season.
Calipari also stuck around at the combine to watch PJ Washington’s scrimmage, which Washington impressed in, scoring 14 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.