2013 NBA Draft Combine nuggets and tidbits



The NBA Draft Combine hit Chicago this week. Everyone who’s likely going to get picked in the NBA Draft comes to the Second City for workouts with NBA scouts and interviews with the media.

Here’s the list of all the former college basketball players who were invited to the NBA Draft combine. And here’s our latest 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

The NBA Draft combine is pretty much a beauty pageant for boys.

The 2013 NBA Draft is scheduled to be held on June 27, 2013 at the Barclays  Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The NBA collects feedback from the league’s scouts and personnel, and decides which 50-60 prospects gauge the most interest. The elite prospects are then invited to run work out, which includes drills and three-man weaves (this part is closed to the media). They also take more measurements than a Playboy Playmate, such as wingspan, vertical reach, height and weight (with and without shoes). This male version of a beauty pageant can be stressful, but also fun for the players.

Here’s a couple interesting tweets from Chicago Tribune college basketball beat writer Shannon Ryan regarding Illini star Brandon Paul, Marquette prospect Vander Blue and Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler.



Here’s a tidbit about the Michigan Wolverines from Tribster Colleen Kane:


Ohio State forward DeShaun Thomas refused to give out his cell phone number to the San Antonio Spurs:


From Ohio.com:

Thomas said teams asked him plenty of difficult and interesting questions during his interview process at the combine. But the most interesting, he said, was the fact the Spurs’ first question was for his cell phone number and his e-mail address. He gave them the e-mail, but not the phone number.

“I can’t go around giving it out to everyone,” Thomas said Thursday with a laugh. “Now if they want to draft me, I’d be happy to give it to them.”


Shane Larkin’s 44-inch max vertical is the highest at the NBA Draft Combine in 12 years. It’s the second highest in Draft combine history. You remember Shane Larkin, the former DePaul commit, Miami Hurricanes star and thorn in the Illini NCAA Tournament side.

Pittsburgh big man Steven Adams should increase the New Zealand presence in the NBA.

This is life in transition to the next level, where the portions of everything are much bigger. So is the total number of people watching you.

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