A few more details on the revolutionary “Kentucky Combine” that just happens to coincide with a Trevor Lacey visit. Smart? I’d say so.
When: Obviously, the combine is today and tomorrow. Each day will feature one session, which will take place from 3-5 pm at the Joe Craft Center.
Who: As of now, approximately 23 NBA teams have confirmed that they will send a representative to the proceedings. On Kentucky’s side, all three underclassmen mulling their decision – Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins – as well as Josh Harrellson and Enes Kanter will participate. For the NBA scouts, this appears to be the only opportunity to see Kanter, who will not work out with individual teams until after the lottery, and Jones and Knight, who have no scheduled meetings made public, for the forseeable future. Harrellson and Liggins will work out this weekend, along with 32 other players, at the the New Jersey Nets’ facility. Media is not allowed to attend the combine.
What: Since no UK coaches will be involved (the school worked closely with the NCAA to determine what was and wasn’t allowed), the two-hour session will be broken down into two portions and held under the direction of the NBA personnel.
It essentially consists two parts:
1. Interviews – Each player will have the opportunity to meet with the NBA representatives over the two day period. This is where they will discuss their strengths and weaknesses, as well as where the NBA folks see them in potential draft conversations. This type of feedback is typically streamed over the course of several weeks of meeting and working out for individual teams or attending group camps. Kentucky’s players will have the luxury of being a part of these meetings directly and all at the same time.
2. Individual Workouts – Each player will go through drills and different individual sessions that will be at the direction and discretion of the NBA representatives. Again, the workouts are private and no information will likely be made public, but the performances in these drills will factor heavily into the feedback the players get in their one-on-one interview sessions with the teams.