Draft Combine ends with (what else?) high hopes

The NBA Draft Combine in Chicago has reached an end and more than a handful of prospects helped their cause. 

Among them: Kansas guard Frank Mason, according to Sports Illustrated.

“His size will pose a challenge at the next level and give some teams pause when trying to project long-term, but Mason knows how to use his center of gravity, snake through defenses and get into the bodies of bigger defenders in order to finish at the basket,” SI wrote.

Other winners: The big men.

Per SI: ” Between Ivan Rabb, Ike Anigbogu, Tony Bradley, Jarrett Allen, Johnathan Motley and Thomas Bryant alone, there’s a very solid tier of physically gifted young post players with varying strengths. Kyle Kuzma (who opted not to play Friday after wowing on day one), Chris Boucher and Cameron Oliver make for intriguing sleepers, among others. There will be very happy teams picking in the 40s.”

Duke’s Harry Giles was among those with size who fared well.

“Giles is the draft’s biggest wild card when it comes to long-term injury risk, but did well for himself by showing up, measuring well and testing respectably given all he’s been through with his knee problems,” SI wrote.

Up next for NBA Draft fans? The lottery. It takes place Tuesday.

DE’ARON FOX INTERVIEW

Kentucky guard De”Aron Fox is expected to be among the top five picks. Listen here to what he had to say to reporters at the combine:

For more on the combine, see the Day 1 News & Notes right here.