By LARRY VAUGHT
Sources indicate that six Kentucky players have been invited to the upcoming NBA Draft Combine in Chicago May 16-20.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo all entered the draft and hired agents — meaning they will not be back at UK.
P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel have put their name into the draft without hiring an agent — meaning they could choose to return to UK if they don’t get the evaluation they want or need from NBA officials.
There are different type combine invitations and the NBA has yet to confirm any list of who has been invited.
The league sends out invites to top prospects that don’t require participation in on-court activities; a conditional invitation to mid-range prospects that requires full participation in all combine activities; and a request for further information to lower-end prospects in which a decision on whether that player will get a full invitation at a later date.
Names of several players who have been invited to the combine have leaked out.
Guards Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Svi Mykhailiuk of Kanwqw all received invites, the Journal-World confirmed. Later Kansas announced Udoka Azubuike and Billy Preston did, too, and that. Lagerald Vick is an alternate.
Duke’s Marvin Bagley, Gary Trent, Wendell Carter and Trevon Duval also apparently all have been invited along with Nevada’s Caleb Martin.
Here is a list of players who have filed for the draft and hired an agent with NBCSports.com’s draft projection:
— Rawle Alkins: Soph., SG/SF – Arizona (Early-to-Mid Second Round)
— DeAndre Ayton: Fy., C – Arizona (Top 3)
— DJ Hogg: Jr., SF – Texas A&M (Late Second Round to Undrafted)
— Troy Brown: Fy., SG – Oregon (Mid First Round)
— LiAngelo Ball: SG – Lithuania (Undrafted)
— Jalen Brunson: Jr., PG – Villanova (Late First to Early Second Round)
— Mo Bamba: Fy., C – Texas (Lottery)
— Mitchell Robinson: Fy. C – Western Kentucky (Mid-to-Late First Round)
— Keita Bates-Diop: Jr., PF – Ohio State (Mid-to-Late Second Round)
— Miles Bridges: Soph., SF – Michigan State (Lottery-to-Mid First Round)
— Bruce Brown: Soph., PG/SG – Miami (Late Second Round)
— Eric Davis Jr.: Jr., SG – Texas (Undrafted)
— Trevon Duval: Fy , PG/SG- Duke (Late First to Early Second)
— Robert Franks: Jr., SF – Washington State (Undrafted)
— Harry Froling: Soph., C – Marquette (Undrafted)
— Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Fy., PG – Kentucky (Mid to Late First Round)
— Aaron Holiday: Jr., PG – UCLA (Late First Round)
— Wendell Carter Jr: Fy., PF – Duke (First Round)
— Brandon McCoy: Fy., PF – UNLV (Late First to Early Second Round)
— Chimezie Metu: Jr., PF – Southern Cal (Mid-to-Late First Round)
— Michael Porter Jr.: Fy., SF/PF – Missouri (Top 5)
— Trae Young: Fy., PG/SG – Oklahoma (Lottery)
— Anfernee Simons: PG – IMG Academy (Mid-Second Round)
— Marvin Bagley III: Fy., PF – Duke (Top 3)
— Jack McVeigh: Jr., SF/PF – Nebraska (Undrafted)
— Marcus Derrickson: Jr., F – Georgetown (Undrafted)
— De’Anthony Melton: Soph., SG – Southern Cal (Late Second Round to Undrafted)
— Justin Jackson: Soph., SF/PF – Maryland (Late Second Round to Undrafted)
— Robert Williams: Soph., PF/C – Texas A&M (Lottery to Mid First Round)
— Landry Shamet: Soph., PG/SG – Wichita State (Mid to Late Second Round)
— Jaren Jackson Jr.: Fy., PF – Michigan State (Late First Round to Early Second Round)
— Tony Carr: Soph., PG – Penn State (Late Second Round to Undrafted)
— William McDowell-White: PG/ SG – Austrailia (Second Round)
— Collin Sexton: Fy. PG – Alabama (Lottery)
— Leron Black: Jr. (RS), SF – Illinois (Second Round)
— Ray Spalding: Jr. PF – Louisville (Late Second to Undrafted)
— Allonzo Trier: Jr., G – Arizona (Late Second Round)
— Drew Eubanks: Jr., F – Oregon State (Undrafted)
— Mustapha Heron: So., G – Auburn (Late Second to Undrafted)
— Terry Larrier: Jr. (RS), SF – UConn (Undrafted)
— Matur Maker: PF – Mississauga Prep (Canada), (Late Second to Undrafted)
— Jack McVeigh: Jr., F – Nebraska (Undrafted)
— Corey Sanders: Jr., G – Rutgers (:ate Second to Undrafted)
— Malik Newman: Soph., G – Kansas (Late First Round)
— Lonnie Walker: Fy., G – Miami (Mid-to-Late First Round)
— Kevin Knox: Fy., F – Kentucky (Lottery)