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BOZICH | Latest on U of L, UK, IU prospects in "messed up" NBA Draft process

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The latest on the NBA Draft prospects on the top local players. The latest on the NBA Draft prospects on the top local players.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The countdown continues for the NBA Draft Combine on May 11-15 in Chicago.

According to the latest count by The Sporting News, 66 underclassmen have asked to be considered for a spot at the combine, including 25 players who have hired agents and cannot return to college basketball.

One NBA source told me the league typically limits combine invitations to 60 guys. When you add the list of seniors to the 66 ambitious underclassmen, a trip to Chicago isn’t automatic next month.

“There are a lot of kids making major mistakes because of the people around them,” the source said. “Some kids know they’re not ready and don’t really want to go but they’re being told to do it. A lot of them aren’t even going to be invited to the combine.

“It’s total insanity. This process is so messed up, it’s beyond belief with these kids.”

Another source said the NBA will make another change. Any player invited to Chicago who is not a consensus lottery pick will be required to participate in five-on-five drills. Teams have become annoyed by the recent trend of borderline first-round picks leaving the combine without playing in games after being measured, tested and interviews.

“They’re getting ready to invest a lot of money in these players,” the source said. “They want to see what they can do against top competition.”

I asked my sources for the latest evaluations on the Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana players who are expected to be in Chicago or are draft prospects. This is what they said:

CHINANU ONUAKU, Louisville

“Most people have him late first round, early second. They’re intrigued by him because of his body and because he plays hard.

“Some people worry about the (under-handed) free throws. But I think that’s a plus. It shows that he’s got the confidence to try different things.”

DraftExpress: 17th pick, second round.

NBADraft.net: Undrafted.

CBSSports: Not in the first round.

DAMION LEE, Louisville

“Today, the way everybody plays small, he could be a valuable piece because of the way he shoots the ball. He’s probably a wing and he’s got nice size for that position. I thought he had a very good year.

“He’s a second round pick, anywhere from 40-to-60.”

DraftExpress: 21st pick, second round.

NBADraft.net: 21st pick, second round.

CBSSports: Not in the first round.

JAMAL MURRAY, Kentucky

“I like Murray but not as much as other people do. He’s a good scorer, but I didn’t see great point guard skills. I would call him a combo guard, an undersized combo guard who can score.

“He’s a not a great athlete. I’m not sure he makes other players better.”

DraftExpress: Sixth pick, first round.

NBADraft.net: Fifth pick, first round.

CBSSports: Third pick, first round.

TYLER ULIS, Kentucky

“I like Ulis a lot. He’s a coach on floor. He’s highly skilled. He’s a big-game player. He loves the big stage and the whole game. He’ll go 20-to-30.”

DraftExpress: 20th pick, first round.

NBADraft.net: 6th pick, second round.

CBSSports: 14th pick, first round.

SKAL LABISSIERE, Kentucky

“I don’t like him at all. I think he should stay in school. Or maybe he shouldn’t stay in school because he’ll be exposed more. Maybe some franchise will take Skal for the upside but I don’t like him.

“He’s not strong enough. He’s not tough enough. What does he do? Why would you take him other than maybe he could become a player down the road? Maybe he won’t become a player down the road.”

DraftExpress: 10th pick, first round.

NBADraft.net: 14th pick, first round.

CBSSports: 11th pick, first round.

ALEX POYTHRESS, Kentucky

“Somebody might like him at the end of the second round or a free-agent type. He has an NBA body.”

DraftExpress: Undrafted.

NBADraft.net: Undrafted.

CBSSports: Not in the first round.

MARCUS LEE, Kentucky

“Why would he come out? He should go back. He doesn’t have any offensive game. He’s a long athletic kid who can run and jump. There are a lot of those guys.”

DraftExpress: Undrafted.

NBADraft.net: Undrafted.

CBSSports: Not in the first round.

YOGI FERRELL, Indiana

“He’s a 45-to-60 pick. Somebody should take him. I think he can be a third-string guard. He might have to spend some time in the D-League. He’s tough. He can shoot. And he does exactly what the coach wants.”

DraftExpress: 27th pick, second round.

NBADraft.net: Undrafted.

CBSSports: Not in the first round.

TROY WILLIAMS, Indiana

“He should stay in school. I don’t think he understands everything about how to play the game.

“I think he’s tremendously gifted physically. His jumper needs consistency. He grew a tremendous amount this year. If he did it next year, he’s a first-round pick.”

DraftExpress: Undrafted.

NBADraft.net: Undrafted.

CBSSports: Not in the first round.

THOMAS BRYANT, Indiana

Bryant is the rare species. He announced he will not go to Chicago because Bryant plans to return to Indiana for his sophomore season.

“He made a great decision,” the NBA scout said. “If he works hard and improves as much as he did this season, he’s a lottery pick next year.”

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