The NBA Draft Combine is set to take place in September, and things are going to look quite a bit different.
According to a report by ESPN, the NBA is set to have a virtual draft combine held at various regional sites, with formal plans shared with teams as early as next week.
With this updated format, invitees will attend various regional team facilities across the country, with team doctors administering physicals at local hospitals and league officials recording body measurables and putting players through physical testing at team facilities. Players will also get tested for the coronavirus at each combine site.
The official combine was originally scheduled in Chicago for May.
Back in July, NBA general managers voted on players to be considered for the combine, with 105 names making the cut. Among them? Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards, and Kahlil Whitney.
Noticeably absent? EJ Montgomery.
NBA GMs are expected to cut the list down to 70 players and send out invitations, with the likes of Hagans and Whitney already confirming they have received official invitations.
In ESPN’s updated mock draft, Tyrese Maxey is projected to go No. 16 to the Portland Trail Blazers, the only Wildcat to come off the board in the first round.
From there, Immanuel Quickley is projected to go No. 52 to the Sacramento Kings, followed by Ashton Hagans two picks later at No. 54 to the Indiana Pacers. Nick Richards then closes things out by coming off the board at No. 57 to the Clippers.