Last year, John Calipari’s most innovative non-platoon product was the preseason NBA Combine. With eight potential draft picks on the roster, Cal hoped to eliminate NBA distractions early on by hosting a preseason combine. It was a smashing success, broadcast on ESPNU, with all 30 NBA teams in attendance.
Even though this year’s team doesn’t possess the same deep talent pool as last year, another combine has been scheduled for October 11th and 12th. With five Wildcats projected by Draft Express to be taken in 2016 Draft, replicating success in this year’s combine is almost certain.
LSU has decided it should put on its big boy pants and throw a combine of their own. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but who do they think they are? I can only imagine their thought process going something like…
“Ben Simmons will be the number one pick, maybe the scouts will want to watch our giant former tuba player miss layups?”
“If we can get a bunch of NBA coaches to come to Baton Rouge, maybe they can teach Johnny Jones how to properly coach good players.”
Those were made up, but I could not make up what an NBA scout told Adam Zagoria:
“UK has more depth which makes a combine much more interesting,” one veteran NBA scout said. “LSU has three top prospects but lacks depth for a quality combine.”
Jon Rothstein reported the LSU combine will take place on October 13-14. There’s no word on whether or not it will be broadcast on ESPNU, even though it’d probably make more sense to air on CSPAN.