While there had been leaks and rumors aplenty in the past couple weeks about potential NBA Draft Combine invites and snubs, the NBA finally released the official lists of attendees both for their G-League Elite Camp and for the Combine itself. Here they are, courtesy of ESPN’s Jonathan Givony:
The NBA officially announces the 66 players invited to the NBA Combine in Chicago pic.twitter.com/1o2U0XShtk— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 8, 2019
For reference, here are the 40 players that accepted invites to the G League Elite Camp, which is essentially the NBA pre-Combine, leading to participation in the actual combine for the top performers. Some of the most interesting prospects from Portsmouth were left off. pic.twitter.com/Lv0WN8a2PF— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 8, 2019
Eagle-eyed readers will notice the names of Nassir Little, Coby White (both freshmen had been all but confirmed already), and Cameron Johnson (who had been noticeably absent from all those leaks and rumors) on the first list and that of Luke Maye on the second. Little, White, and Johnson will thus have the opportunity to perform in drills and scrimmages in front of NBA evaluators, have initial interviews, schedule workouts, and undergo testing for their measurements and athleticism. If Maye stands out in the G League Camp, just like he has done in camps and similar scenarios throughout his career, he’ll have a chance to join them.
This might be a good spot to update you on their draft processes as well. The most notable developments might be that both freshmen have signed with agents. This isn’t the unbreakable vow to remain in the draft that it used to be, as I understand it, but it’s something. Nassir Little, who announced his intention to sign with an agent back when he declared for the draft, has signed with Adam Pensack of Pensack Sports Management, a fairly new agency that also represents players such as Troy Brown of the Washington Wizards and DeAndre’ Bembry of the Atlanta Hawks. White has reportedly signed with Ty Sullivan of the Creative Artists Agency, who represent some of the biggest names in the sport including Donovan Mitchell, Dwyane Wade, Devin Booker, Paul George, and Chris Paul.
I don’t have news of Cameron Johnson’s representation, but I can tell you that he’s been traveling a little ahead of the Combine, having attended a workout with the Boston Celtics back in April. Workouts don’t mean much right now, but it’s something.
Kenny Williams also got invited to a workout; his was with the Charlotte Hornets this week. Williams wasn’t invited to either NBA event, but he will be doing the same things at the Professional Basketball Combine, which isn’t affiliated with the NBA but apparently draws NBA eyes and has gotten a few talented guys into the G-League, including several players, including J.P. Macura, Mangok Mathiang, and Antonio Blakeney, all of whom earned two-way contracts.
We’ll continue to update you on all of the draft-eligible Tar Heels as the NBA Draft season ramps up.