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The NBA Combine begins Thursday in Chicago and 11 players from the G-League Combine have been invited to participate. None are bigger than Central Florida product Tacko Fall, who stands 7-foot-6 and boasts a wingspan of 8-4.
While Fall isn’t projected to be drafted in the first round, he very well could move up with an impressive showing in Chicago. He definitely made an impact in the Knights’ close loss to Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Duke in the NCAA tournament.
Along with Fall, the 10 other G-League invitees are as follows:
Oshae Brissett (Syracuse), Tyler Cook (Iowa), Terence Davis (Ole Miss), Jared Harper (Auburn), Dewan Hernandez (Miami), DaQuan Jeffries (Tulsa), Terance Mann (Florida State), Cody Martin (Nevada), Reggie Perry (Mississippi State), and Marial Shayok (Iowa State).
GARLAND TO SKIP
Potential top-five pick and Vanderbilt product Darius Garland will skip the Combine altogether, which could mean Garland received a promise that he will be selected in the lottery, noted Shams Charania of Stadium.
That said, the Phoenix Suns have definitely not made Garland any promises, according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The Suns are in need of a point guard and they would undoubtedly have interest in Garland should he drop that far. But again, no promises have been made.
HAWKS SEE HOPE
The Atlanta Hawks will be drafting twice in the top 10 (Nos. 8 and 10 overall) and team owner Tony Ressler isn’t concerning himself with the theory that this is a week draft.
“If we can’t make two top-10 picks work for us, it’s our fault,” Ressler said, via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Our job is to make them work and I think we will.”
While things will certainly change between now and the June 20 draft, prospects expected to be selected in the eight-to-10 range include Texas center Jaxson Hayes, Indiana shooting guard Romeo Langford and North Carolina combo guard Coby White.
There is already some talk out of Chicago that the Cleveland Cavaliers could pull a surprise, as they seek a fit for new coach John Beilein with the No. 5 overall pick.
In other words, the Cavs are viewed as one team that may go with someone who’s not currently projected to be selected in the top five — and perhaps not even in the top 10. Beilein’s system is one of constant motion and the Cavs will be looking for players who can handle the ball, pass and shoot regardless of position. So specialists need not apply.
Prospects who fit the mold include UNC’s White, Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura and USC shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. Of those three, only White is currently projected as a top-10 possibility, and barely so.