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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Combine invites Ellis, Selden, Diallo

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) catches a pass in the paint before Connecticut forward Shonn Miller (32) during the first half on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) catches a pass in the paint before Connecticut forward Shonn Miller (32) during the first half on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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Kansas University senior Perry Ellis, junior Wayne Selden Jr. and freshman Cheick Diallo have been invited to the 2016 NBA Combine, set for May 11-15 in Chicago.

It’s believed all three will compete in drills and 5-on-5 games at the Combine, which is used both to measure and test prospects, plus watch them compete in drills and scrimmages.

Junior Brannen Greene, who also has declared for the draft, did not net an invitation to the Combine.

“(I’m) disappointed for Brannen, but he’ll still have opportunities to get in camps and work out for teams,” KU coach Bill Self said Saturday. “(I’m) happy for those other guys. They deserve to be there. Now it’s up to them to go perform well there.”

Greene has hired agent Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports Management. Ellis has contracted with Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Management and Selden with Neal Rosenshein of Summit Sports Group.

Until Diallo signs with an agent, he has until May 25 to pull his name out of the draft and return to college. Self has said he definitely does not expect Diallo, who is listed as a first-round pick by draftexpress.com, to return.

Ron Baker of Wichita State was invited to the Combine, but Fred Van Vleet was not, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Combine invitations: Here are some players invited to the Combine, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com and Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com: Cat Barber, N.C. State; Wade Baldwin, Damian Jones, Vanderbilt; Malik Beasley, Florida State; DeAndre Bembry, Isaiah Miles, Jaylen Brown, Cal; Isaiah Cousins, Oklahoma; Marquese Chriss, Washington; Henry Ellenson, Marquette; Daniel Hamilton, UConn; Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin; Buddy Hield, Oklahoma; Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame; Justin Jackson, North Carolina; Malik Newman, Mississippi State; Georges Niang, Iowa State; Jacob Poeltl, Utah; Taurean Prince, Baylor; Malachi Richardson, Syracuse; Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State; Diamond Stone, Robert Carter, Jake Layman, Melo Trimble, Maryland; Caleb Swanigan, Purdue; Tyler Ulis, Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Kentucky; Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall; Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa; Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga; Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV.

Vaughn to Nets?: Former KU guard Jacque Vaughn will join the Brooklyn Nets as top assistant to new head coach Kenny Atkinson, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Vaughn, who went 43-121 in three-plus seasons with the Orlando Magic, has worked this season as pro personnel director of the San Antonio Spurs. Atkinson is currently top assistant with the Atlanta Hawks.

Comments

Mallory Briggans 4 years, 6 months ago

Now that the Kansas trio of Ellis Selden and Diallo have been officially invited to the NBA combine it will be their first job interview after college. Basketball now becomes a job. Absent was Brannen Greene which doesn't bode well for him not to say he cant make it in the league but he is starting at the back of the pack . There were 117 early entries to the draft and 45 Euro players not to mention all the seniors from various schools so the deck is stacked for Greene and Diallo but much more against Greene . Diallo was pegged long before he put on the KU uniform so now he has to show the scouts everything they projected him to be. They don't wont to be wrong and for Diallos sake they aren't . Selden and Perry have a future wheather its in the NBA or overseas and so does Diallo . but Diallo is in no-mans land in a way . He is putting forth the effort to make it in the league but if the scouts deem he needs 1 more year and comes back to KU the uncertainty of his role is there especially with the courting of Allen incoming freshman Lightfoot and Bragg having a firm toehold on that position. I wont put hjm in the conversation to play the 5 ......because he cant play it because he is not physical enough to play it . But like I said before the potential is there so Diallo will get his chance to shine But none the less I will them all well.

Jay Scott 4 years, 6 months ago

Diallo is projected to go be selected in the first round in recent mock drafts.

Chuck Holder 4 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if the reason Greene wasn't invited was his attitude and the conflicts he's had with Bill Self? Sometimes those things raise a red flag to people who want to pay you millions.

RJ King 4 years, 6 months ago

If only it had stopped the Chiefs this draft.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 6 months ago

Looking at the list of players invited to the combine is a tangible reminder how difficult the path was for Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. Look at all those invited from UCONN, Cal (Rabb didn't even try), Maryland. It's also quite a tribute to the 'Nova team, that only had one (Josh Hart) invited.

Two lessons....1. It takes talent to compete at the elite NCAA level. 2. It takes more than talent to win at the elite NCAA level.

Mallory Briggans 4 years, 6 months ago

As far a Greene and his attitude…….not so much .Its what he did on the court or not .He was a 3 point shooter and thats about it .He wasn't a good ball handler ,he wasn't a good defender he does have size for a guard ,but those 2 glaring weaknesses on both sides of the ball aren't good. His size although big for a guard he is too slow for a smaller guard he can't create his own shot because he can't dribble so he would have to work off screens to get off his shot but by doing so he will have to spend a lot of energy to get open which will affect his shot if he has tired legs which negates what you have him do…………shoot 3s . I don't think what conflicts he had with Self had anything to do with it if that was the case Diallo wouldn't have been invited not that he had any conflicts but then again there were because his playing time diminished .Greene will have to prove him self as a free agent somewhere in the league

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 6 months ago

Remarkably Greene's ball handling skills never developed much since his freshman year when he dribbled the ball off his foot in a critical last seconds possession that eliminated an improbably comeback.

Diallos PT seemed to go down at just the time when he probably expected it to go up. All credit should go to Lucas for intelligently playing his tail off, grabbing the boards, working the offense and playing D. Diallo, in his less than one year playing elite ball, never seemed to pick up the nuances of the game.

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