Former Washington Husky star freshmen Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss expected to be among 70 hopefuls participating at next week's NBA draft combine in Chicago.
Former Washington freshman stars Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss have reportedly been invited to next week’s NBA draft combine.
Here’s a list of the 64 players who will be participating and 13 alternates, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. He reports the NBA sent out invites to about 70 players.
The 2016 NBA draft combine will be held May 11-15 in Chicago.
Other Pac-12 players expected to compete in the combine include: California’s Jaylen Brown, Oregon’s Elgin Cook, Oregon State’s Gary Payton II and Utah’s Jakob Poeltl.
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Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and Cal’s Tyrone Wallace are listed among the alternates.
Interesting to note Washington’s Andrew Andrews and three Washington State early entry draft hopefuls (Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu) reportedly did not receive combine invitations.
Murray, a 6-foot-4 1/2 guard, averaged 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals — statistics that rank among the all-time bests for a UW freshman. He was voted second team all-Pac-12 and selected to conference’s all-freshman team.
Chriss, a 6-9 forward, averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Both former UW standouts continue to hold favor with many draft analysts. ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks Chriss eighth and Murray 16th on his list of the top 30 prospects.
Here’s a sampling of the latest mock drafts, which only includes first-round projections.
NBAdraft.net: Murray (11th, Orlando) and Chriss (19th, Denver).
Hoops Hype: Murray (13th, Phoenix) and Chriss (20th, Indiana).
Draft Express: Chriss (14th, Chicago) and Murray (32nd, Los Angeles Lakers).
CBSsports.com: Chriss (18th, Detroit) and Murray (26th, Philadelphia).
USAToday: Chriss (11th, Orlando).
The NBA draft is June 23.