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Thursday / May 25.
  • NBA Combine Invites Include Five Kentucky Players, Four Apiece From Arizona, Duke, UNC and UCLA

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    The NBA Draft Combine list includes five Kentucky players, while Arizona, Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina have four apiece, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com.

    The Combine runs May 9-14 at Quest Diagnostics in Chicago.

    Meantime, a second combine will run May 15-17 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. That event is being run by Professional Basketball Combine and will issue its list following the announcement of the NBA Draft Combine. One source said a number of NBA teams would attend if they attract a strong group of players.

    Meantime, the Kentucky list for Chicago includes freshmen Bam Adebayo, Hamidou Diallo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk as well as sophomore Isaiah Briscoe.

    Fox and Monk are projected as lottery picks, while Adebayo and Diallo as second-round picks via DraftExpress.com. For more on Diallo, read my FanRagSports.com story here. Briscoe is not projected by be drafted by DraftExpress.com.

    **Arizona has four players on the list in Kadeem Allen, Rawle Alkins, Kobe Simmons and Lauri Markannen.

    **Duke also has four in Harry Giles, Luke Kennard, Frank Jackson and Jayson Tatum.

    **UCLA has four in Ike Anigbogu, Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf and Thomas Welsh.

    **Reigning NCAA champion North Carolina has four in Tony Bradley, Isaiah Hicks, Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks.

    **Oregon has three Jordan Bell, Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey.

    **Kansas has three in Josh Jackson, Frank Mason and Svi Mykhailiuk

    **NCAA runner-up Gonzaga has two in Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss. (For more on the Carolina and Gonzaga guys, read this.)

    **Final Four participant South Carolina also had two in P.J. Dozier and Sindarius Thornwell, meaning 11 total players from the Final Four are on the list.

    **Michigan has two in Moritz Wagner and D.J. Wilson.

    **N.C. State has two in Dennis Smith Jr. and Omer Yurtseven.

    **Texas has two in Jarrett Allen and Andrew Jones.

    **Among those players who were invited last year and this year are North Carolina’s Jackson, Maryland’s Melo Trimble , Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and Villanova’s Josh Hart.

    The official combine list will come out next week.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. 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.