2016 NBA Draft Combine list is out, does not include LSU’s Ben Simmons

The NBA has released its official 2016 NBA Draft Combine list.

Among the more notable names in attendance will be Brandon Ingram (No. 2 on the CBS Sports Big Board), Kris Dunn (No. 4), Jaylen Brown (No. 5) and Jamal Murray (No. 6).

You’ll notice, that list does not include Ben Simmons, the No. 1 player on our big board. It’s not particularly surprising to not see Simmons involved. Remember, last year Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor didn’t attend. In 2014, neither did Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. You’ll also notice that Dragan Bender, currently No. 3 on our board, is not going to be in attendance, likely due to the fact that his season is not over in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

There will still be quite a few heavy hitters around, though. Unlike last year, where five of the top nine players on the board did not attend the combine, eight of the top 10 players on the board will be there, which further signifies just how wide open this draft truly is. Beyond Simmons, everyone feels like there is actually something to be gained from the process.

A few other quick notes.

  • China’s Zhou Qi is going to be in attendance. He is currently the No. 36 player on the board, and given the way he measured at Hoop Summit last year (7-2 with a 7-6.5 wingspan) he’ll likely be a major attraction here even if he doesn’t play in the scrimmages.
  • Quite a few players here will be trying to make an impression on scouts in order to make a decision as to whether or not they will stay in the draft or return to college. The main ones to watch are included here in this post. I’d also watch heavily for Dedric Lawson, Malachi Richardson, and Jaron Blossomgame. Remember, players have until 10 days after the end of the combine to declare their intentions officially.
  • Five players played their way here from the Portsmouth Invitational, held last month. They are Elgin Cook, Isaiah Cousins, Isaiah Miles, Dorian Finney-Smith and A.J. English.
  • A pair of potential first round picks will not be in attendance: Dejounte Murray and Domantas Sabonis are absent from the combine list. Both have hired agents and will be in the draft. Sabonis is currently No. 11 on the CBS board, Murray is No. 33. Murray is also repped by Klutch Sports, the same agency as Simmons.
  • The notable players absent from this list, as they were not officially invited: Sheldon McClellan at Miami, Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey at Oregon, Isaiah Briscoe at Kentucky, Vince Edwards at Purdue, Yogi Ferrell at Indiana, Fred VanVleet from Wichita State, Malik Pope from San Diego State, Shawn Long from Louisiana-Lafayette, and Damion Lee from Louisville.

Here is the full list:

Ron Baker, Wichita State

Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt

Cat Barber, NC State

Malik Beasley, Florida State

DeAndre Bembry, St. Joseph’s

Ben Bentil, Providence

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Joel Bolomboy, Weber State

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Jaylen Brown, California

Robert Carter, Maryland

Marquese Chriss, Washington

Elgin Cook, Oregon

Isaiah Cousins, Oklahoma

Deyonta Davis, Michigan State

Cheick Diallo, Kansas

Kris Dunn, Providence

Henry Ellenson, Marquette

Perry Ellis, Kansas

AJ English, Iona

Kay Felder, Oakland

Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida

Michael Gbinije, Syracuse

Daniel Hamilton, Connecticut

AJ Hammons, Purdue

Josh Hart, Villanova

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Brandon Ingram, Duke

Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Brice Johnson, North Carolina

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt

Skal Labissiere, Kentucky

Dedric Lawson, Memphis

Jake Layman, Maryland

Marcus Lee, Kentucky

Caris LeVert, Michigan

Thon Maker, Orangeville Prep Athletic Institute

Patrick McCaw, UNLV

Isaiah Miles, St. Joseph’s

Jamal Murray, Kentucky

Malik Newman, Mississippi State

Georges Niang, Iowa State

Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville

Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Gary Payton II, Oregon State

Jakob Poeltl, Utah

Taurean Prince, Baylor

Zhou Qi, Xinjiang (China)

Malachi Richardson, Syracuse

Wayne Selden, Kansas

Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State

Diamond Stone, Maryland

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall

Troy Williams, Indiana

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga

Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV

Brandon Ingram will go pro after one year at Duke. (USATSI)

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