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NBA released official NBA combine list; four Wildcats to participate

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

We finally know the official list of participants at next week’s NBA combine, per a release from the league today.

Kentucky’s three first-round, definitely-gone prospects — Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis — all accepted their invites, while Marcus Lee, who can still return to school, slid his way in at the last minute as an alternate. Lee may have Ben Simmons to thank for that; Simmons declined his invitation to Chicago.

Have a look at the 63 participants:

A.J. English
A.J. Hammons
Ben Bentil
Brandon Ingram
Brice Johnson
Buddy Hield
Caleb Swanigan
Caris LeVert
Cat Barber
Cheick Diallo
Chinanu Onuaku
Damian Jones
Daniel Hamilton
DeAndre Bembry
Dedric Lawson
Demetrius Jackson
Denzel Valentine
Deyonta Davis
Diamond Stone
Dorian Finney-Smith
Elgin Cook
Gary Payton
Georges Niang
Henry Ellenson
Isaiah Cousins
Isaiah Miles
Isaiah Whitehead
Jake Layman
Jakob Poeltl
Jamal Murray
Jaron Blossomgame
Jarrod Uthoff
Jaylen Brown
Joel Bolomboy
Josh Hart
Justin Jackson
Kay Felder
Kris Dunn
Kyle Wiltjer
Malachi Richardson
Malcolm Brogdon
Malik Beasley
Malik Newman
Marcus Lee
Marcus Paige
Marquese Chriss
Melo Trimble
Michael Gbinije
Nigel Hayes
Pascal Siakam
Patrick McCaw
Perry Ellis
Robert Carter
Ron Baker
Skal Labissiere
Stephen Zimmerman
Taurean Prince
Thon Maker
Troy Williams
Tyler Ulis
Wade Baldwin
Wayne Selden
Zhou Qi

Article written by Drew Franklin

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5 Comments for NBA released official NBA combine list; four Wildcats to participate

  1. GroundControlToNumber9
    5:02 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink


    Alex Poythress… he will look back on this and hopefully use it as a source of power.

    I doubt I’ve ever seen in my 40 years someone with his level of potential end up as outside of the top 63 players.

    Maybe it’s just the way he looks. Almost the perfect basketball body. Then the glimpses of greatness we saw from high school videos, to select moment in UK games.

    People say he never got it… Cal might even say he gave everything “he could.”

    I have a feeling he might now find a way to give more.

    At this point I guess I have to come to the conclusion (for the first time) that not everyone who wants to play basketball at UK also wants to play in the NBA.

    • Angelo
      5:15 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink

      I think Alex is a little short. I doubt if he is 6’6″ That won’t cut it in today’s NBA.

    • thabeast
      6:00 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink

      ^^I’m not so sure that matters when you have a vertical like he does. Chuck Hayes (NBA Center) has been a constant role player and he is around 6’6″ and doesn’t have near the athleticism Poythress has.

    • Megan
      6:58 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink

      And “small ball” is the thing nowadays after Golden State beat the Cavs last year.

    • Loother
      7:33 pm May 5, 2016 Permalink

      It’s his desire…