2014 NBA Combine: UVA's Joe Harris Among Invitees; Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker Forego Event

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Draft Combine takes place this Thursday and Friday, and Virginia's Joe Harris will have the opportunity to improve his draft stock.

The NBA has released the list of 59 invitees to the 2014 Combine, which includes none other than Virginia's own Joe Harris. The combine will take place later this week in Chicago.

There are some notable names missing from this list, such as Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, each of whom told the NBA before the list was released that they would not be able to attend. Of course, as the potential top three picks in this year's draft, perhaps competing in the combine could only hurt their chances.

According to ESPN's Chad Ford, there are also a couple withdrawals, including Michigan's Mitch McGary (back) and Michigan State's Adreian Payne (mononucleosis).

The full list follows:

2014 NBA Draft Combine Participant List
Player College/Club
Jordan Adams UCLA
Kyle Anderson UCLA
Thanasis Antetokounmpo Delaware (D-League)
Isaiah Austin Baylor
Jordan Bachynski Arizona State
Cameron Bairstow New Mexico
Khem Birch UNLV
Alec Brown Wisconsin Green Bay
Jabari Brown Missouri
Markel Brown Oklahoma State
Deonte Burton Nevada
Jahii Carson Arizona State
Semaj Christon Xavier
Jordan Clarkson Missouri
Aaron Craft Ohio State
DeAndre Daniels Connecticut
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado
Cleanthony Early Wichita State
Melvin Ejim Iowa State
Tyler Ennis Syracuse
Danté Exum Australia
C.J. Fair Syracuse
Aaron Gordon Arizona
Jerami Grant Syracuse
P.J. Hairston Texas (D-League) / North Carolina
Gary Harris Michigan State
Joe Harris Virginia
Rodney Hood Duke
Cory Jefferson Baylor
Nick Johnson Arizona
DeAndre Kane Iowa State
Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati
Alex Kirk New Mexico
Zach LaVine UCLA
Devyn Marble Iowa
James Michael McAdoo North Carolina
K.J. McDaniels Clemson
Doug McDermott Creighton
Mitch McGary Michigan
Jordan McRae Tennessee
Shabazz Napier Connecticut
Johnny O'Bryant III LSU
Lamar Patterson Pittsburgh
Adreian Payne Michigan State
Elfrid Payton Louisiana-Lafayette
Dwight Powell Stanford
Julius Randle Kentucky
Glenn Robinson III Michigan
LaQuinton Ross Ohio State
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State
Russ Smith Louisville
Nik Stauskas Michigan
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee
Xavier Thames San Diego State
Noah Vonleh Indiana
T.J. Warren North Carolina State
Kendall Williams New Mexico
C.J. Wilcox Washington
James Young Kentucky
Patric Young Florida

The combine doesn't do too much for the highly touted prospects, who have had plenty of national exposure throughout the season, but it could boost a fringe pick, or a potential first rounder, just the couple spots they need. For Harris, this could be a great opportunity to showcase same talent.

Players are first divided into groups by position, after which they will get their body measurements -- height, weight, wingspan, standing reach, body fat percentage, and hand size. Then, they can participate in a series of drills -- fast breaks, weaves, three-on-three scrimmages, set shooting, etc.

And finally, the fun part, they participate in five tests based on pure athleticism, rather than skill sets:

Test Description Score
Bench Press Prospects do as many repetitions as possible at 185 pounds. Max Reps
Standing Vertical From a standstill position, prospects jump and reach as high as they can. Max Height (Inches)
Maximum Vertical Prospects jump and reach as high as they can, using a running start if they prefer. Max Height (Inches)
3/4 Court Sprint Prospects sprint 75 feet as fast as they can. Time
Lane Agility Drill Cones are set at each corner of they. Always facing forward, prospects run around the cones in a clockwise, then reversed in a counter clockwise position. The result is that prospects will run forward, side shuffle, run backwards, side shuffle, then go in reverse. Time

What kind of numbers are we looking at? Here are the leaders from the 2013 NBA Draft Combine:

Test 2013 All Prospects 2013 Draftees Only
Bench Press 21 Reps (Trevor Mbakwe) 17 Reps (Cody Zeller)
Standing Vertical 40 Inches (D.J. Stephens) 35.5 Inches (Cody Zeller)
Maximum Vertical 46 Inches (D.J. Stephens) 44.0 Inches (Shane Larkin)
3/4 Court Sprint 2.98 Seconds (D.J. Stephens) 3.08 Seconds (Shane Larkin)
Lane Agility Drill 10.19 Seconds (C.J. Leslie) 10.36 Seconds (Tony Snell)

Coverage of the combine drills begins on Thursday on ESPNU from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET), and on ESPN2 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. (ET). Friday's television schedule will be the same as Thursday's, and you'll be able to stream the whole thing from WatchESPN.com.

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