By Chris Ramirez
The NBA Draft combine will take place in Chicago from May 15-19. Here is a list of the participants who were invited, not invited, and left off due to obligations with their European teams:
The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 27. The Draft Combine will be held in Chicago on May 15-19 and the annual Draft Lottery will be conducted on May 21.
Here is a look at the early entry candidates for the upcoming draft for the College and International dates:
By Chris Ramirez
Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has decided to enter the NBA Draft. Noel’s only season at Kentucky was cut short by a torn ACL in his left knee. He played 24 games before suffering the injury in February against Florida.
“I support Nerlens’ decision to enter his name in the draft and am excited for him and his future,” said Kentucky coach John Calipari on Monday. “The hard work and will to win he showed on the floor this year and the dedication and attitude he has shown in his rehab will only be a reward for him and whatever team drafts him in June.”
By Tim Donohoo
How often do you hear this scenario? A young man does not begin playing organized basketball until he is an 18 year old senior in high school. He only scores two points that season and is now regarded as a potential NBA lottery pick.
That is DeWayne Dedmon in a nutshell. He has worked his tail off to get to this point and barring injury could make the NBA a reality in the not-so distant future. He battled through injuries last season (fractured right hand, stress fracture of the right foot and a torn left MCL and tibial bone bruise). The torn MCL forced him to miss the last 11 games of the season.