Many critics believed Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray made a mistake when they left school after their freshman years, but they are one of 16 prospects invited to the NBA draft.

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Former Washington stars Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray are two of 16 prospects headed to New York this week to participate in the NBA draft.

It remains to be seen where they’re going to be picked on Thursday, but securing the coveted invitations to sit in the “green room” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY indicates they will likely to be selected high in the draft and possibly validates their decision to leave UW after year.

Both players drew criticism in March when they announced they were leaving the Huskies.

At the time, Chriss, a 6-foot-9 forward, was projected as a middle to late first-round prospect while a couple of mock drafts had Murray, a 6-4 guard, falling to the second round.

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However, the latest draft projections portray a brighter forecast. Here’s a look.

ESPN: Chriss (fourth) and Murray (10th). NBAdraft.net: Chriss (fourth) and Murray (13th). Draft Express: Chriss (fourth) and Murray (15th). SI.com: Chriss (11th) and Murray (24th).

Chris and Murray are the first Washington players invited to the draft since Terrence Ross in 2012. Washington and Kentucky are the only teams with multiple players at the draft.

Here’s the list of the 14 other players invited to the NBA draft, according to Jonathan Givony of The Vertical.

Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt
Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Jaylen Brown, Cal
Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
Kris Dunn, Providence
Henry Ellenson, Marquette
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse
Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
Ben Simmons, LSU