Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The NBA announced 15 players who earned invitations to sit in the green room during Thursday’s NBA Draft. The list reflects a league-wide consensus about which players will be chosen in the lottery.
A dozen college players were invited — Kyrie Irving (Duke), Derrick Williams (Arizona), Brandon Knight (Kentucky), Kemba Walker (UConn), Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), Chris Singleton (Florida State), Klay Thompson (Washington State), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Alec Burks (Colorado) and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris (Kansas).
Tobias Harris (Tennessee) and Tristan Thompson (Texas) were among those left out.
Three international players — Enes Kanter (Turkey), Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania) and Jan Vesely (Czech Republic) — were also invited.
Bismack Biyombo (Congo), a potential lottery pick, did not make the cut.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.