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|
|Thanasis Antetokounmpo||Delaware (D-League)|
|Jordan Bachynski||Arizona State|
|Cameron Bairstow||New Mexico|
|Alec Brown||Wisconsin Green Bay|
|Markel Brown||Oklahoma State|
|Jahii Carson||Arizona State|
|Aaron Craft||Ohio State|
|Cleanthony Early||Wichita State|
|Melvin Ejim||Iowa State|
|P.J. Hairston||Texas (D-League) / North Carolina|
|Gary Harris||Michigan State|
|DeAndre Kane||Iowa State|
|Alex Kirk||New Mexico|
|James Michael McAdoo||North Carolina|
|Johnny O'Bryant III||LSU|
|Adreian Payne||Michigan State|
|Glenn Robinson III||Michigan|
|LaQuinton Ross||Ohio State|
|Marcus Smart||Oklahoma State|
|Xavier Thames||San Diego State|
|T.J. Warren||North Carolina State|
|Kendall Williams||New Mexico|
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:
|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.