Today, the NBA released it’s list of 66 players who have received an invite to its Draft Combine in Chicago. It includes all of the top 2019 prospects including: Zion Willamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett.
The NBA has announced its list of 66 players for next week's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, per release. pic.twitter.com/NcHmDK8QLU— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 8, 2019
Upon further review, two familiar names were noticeably missing from the 66-man roster: Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson from Oregon State. The combine is a chance for young athletes to showcase their talents amongst five on five play, shooting, strength, and agility drills and those participating hope it leads to them hearing their name called in the upcoming NBA Draft.
While it isn’t impossible for Tres or Ethan to gain further interest from NBA teams; the Draft Combine has traditionally been a launch pad for players to get on an NBA roster. Within the last five years, NBA teams have only drafted a total of 11 college players who did not secure combine invitations. Securing a spot in this event is advantageous,but of course does not guarantee one will get drafted. Last year, former Beaver Drew Eubanks did not get invited to the combine, but grinded it out to make the summer league roster for the San Antonio Spurs, and eventually got the first two way deal in their organization’s history.
The failure for Tres and Ethan to secure an NBA Draft Combine invitation doesn’t preclude them from earning a spot on an NBA roster next season, but the lack of an NBA combine could help them make a decision on whether to return to school or not. Whatever they decide Beaver Nation will certainly be supporting them.