Not all of the big names are attending the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago this week, but there is still plenty to see.
Among those who looked particularly good in the first day of scrimmages:
Duke’s Frank Jackson, Utah’s Kyle Kuzma, Colorado’s Derrick White, Arizona’s Rawle Alkins and Oregon’s Jordan Bell.
As Sports Illustrated noted: “Jackson was a catalyst with his slithery handle, change of speeds and ability to attack the basket, and he measured out well for a point guard at 6’2″ with a 6′ 7.5″ wingspan.”
According to Yahoo Sports, Jackson will remain in the draft and hire an agent.
Also, The Devil’s Den wrote that Jackson’s performance in the five-on-five portion of the combine “certainly turned some heads.”
The website added: “That won’t be enough to ensure he gets selected in the first round of the June 22nd draft, but his full body of work has a number of teams interested. During the two-day combine, Jackson is expected to meet with 12 teams for interviews.”
Meanwhile, on Kuzma, SI wrote: “He can shoot the lights out, put the ball on the floor, and looks justified staying in the draft at this stage.”
On White: “He posted the day’s top time in the three-quarter court sprint, second-best time in the shuttle run and added a solid 36.5-inch max vertical. He’s excellent at changing speeds, played aggressive defense and was generally hard to ignore any time he took the court.”
On Alkins: “His decision-making, ability to attack the rim and potential to develop into a very good shooter stood out in the combine environment. He’s built some buzz around the league and presently sits in late first round conversations for some teams.”
And finally, on Bell: “Though certainly undersized to play the post, Bell’s nearly 7-foot wingspan and elite quickness and explosion will give him a chance to stick as a defensive specialist.”
Reasons why NBA draft combine matters:
$4.6M difference between third & fifth picks: https://t.co/L2sDnz1qK4
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) May 12, 2017
Finally, here is an interview with Villanova guard and draft prospect Josh Hart:
During the interview, Hart talks about being one of the rare seniors in attendance, and says he has not yet heard from the Philadelphia 76ers, and isn’t sure they’re interested.