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NBA Draft combine alternate Lagerald Vick invited to alternative pro hoops combine May 22-23

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Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) dives for a ball during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) dives for a ball during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. by Nick Krug

Former KU guard Lagerald Vick may just be listed as an alternate for next week's pre-draft NBA Combine, May 16-20 in Chicago, but that won't keep the 6-foot-5 Memphis native from showcasing his skills for pro basketball talent evaluators this month.

According to a press release sent out on Tuesday, Vick has agreed to participate at the 2018 Professional Basketball Combine presented by Hfactor May 22 and 23 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Much like its NBA-sanctioned counterpart, those who participate will have their accommodations and food expenses covered for the two nights they are there. In addition, the PBC sponsors will provide media training, a marketing consultation, a photo shoot, a branding workshop and access to IMG's trainers and staff, weight room and training facilities during their stay.

The PBC web site touts the experience as an “opportunity to workout, do combine testing and interview for NBA GMs, NBA scouts, G-League personnel and overseas opportunities in what could be a life changing experience.”

According to the site, “A player may only attend the Professional Basketball Combine if they have entered their name into the 2018 NBA Draft or have given up their amateur status.”

As of Tuesday, Vick had not yet signed with an agent but still planned to do so.

As for the reason the PBC was founded in the first place? That, too, is spelled out clearly on the web site.

“We believe that elite athletes should have another avenue to showcase their abilities and increase marketability. Will we find the NBA’s next superstar? We hope so.”

Twenty-three participants who attended the combine in 2017 and four of them landed two-way contracts between the NBA and G League, 11 signed with G League teams and eight secured opportunities overseas.

“We are excited to welcome Lagerald to the 2018 PBC and look forward to seeing him compete in a few weeks,” the release read.

Beyond Vick, Jonathan Williams, of Gonzaga, and internationally famous Ball Brother, LiAngelo Ball, are the biggest names committed to this year's PBC as of today.

Five of Vick's former KU teammates — Devonte' Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Malik Newman, Udoka Azubuike and Billy Preston — all are scheduled to participate in next week's NBA combine in Chicago. All of them but Azubuike have exhausted their eligibility at Kansas.

The KU center, who will be a junior next season, should he return to school, has until May 30 to pull his name out of the draft.

Comments

Steve Zimmerman 2 months, 2 weeks ago

All the best, Vick!! Don't give up! Never give up!

Titus Canby 2 months, 1 week ago

I checked out the PBC website. Even though accommodations and food expenses are covered for the two nights they are there, it looks like players pay to attend. Does anyone know if players pay to attend the NBA Combine?

Matt Gauntt 2 months, 1 week ago

Matt,

I have seen articles that essentially say that Vick is done with college, but at the same time he is not expected to land with any NBA teams in the two-round draft. You mentioned that he has not signed an agent, which I would think could give him the ability to come back if undrafted.

Is there a reason that he is not considered to have a chance to come back?

Thanks

Matt Tait 2 months, 1 week ago

I just think that both sides, Vick & his family and the KU program have moved on and did so when they all decided it was best for him to get out there and find a spot where he can make some money playing ball.

Beyond that (and this is just my take) I’m not sure Vick would be the same player he’s been on a team with no veterans. I think Graham, Mason and others were great for him and really helped & allowed him to play his game.

He’ll catch on somewhere, will get paid to do it & likely will get a couple cracks with an NBA team, most likely in summer league.

Matt Gauntt 2 months, 1 week ago

As always Matt - you are the best sports writer there is.

Cheers!!!

Joe Leach 2 months, 1 week ago

I get that both sides agreed to move on. But that still does not explain why he has made a point of not hiring an agent....

Maybe there is a chance he transfers somewhere? If he knows he will not get drafted there are worse things than sitting out a year and focusing on academics (that degree might pay off in the long run) and then possibly being a leading man wherever he lands for one season.

Titus Canby 2 months, 1 week ago

Focus on academics and get a degree? Is that why athletes go to college? And does anyone ever do that? Heresy!

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 1 week ago

Careful Matt Gauntt,

When Vick first declared for the draft and stated that he would not immediately hire an agent I pointed out that there was still a slight chance that he could return to school.

I was eviscerated for it.

I would have thought that by now he'd have hired an agent. I'm a little surprised that he hasn't. I would think that indicates one of three things... either he is having a hard time finding an agent willing to represent him, or he is just taking his time trying to decide on the best agent for his representation, or he is still leaving open the possibility of maintaining his college eligibility.

It's probably one of the first two... but one cannot deny that he hasn't fully closed the door yet on the possibility to return to college. I wonder if Penny Hardaway could recruit him to Memphis as a transfer...

Tony Bandle 2 months, 1 week ago

I think that door slammed shut awhile ago.

Marius Rowlanski 2 months, 1 week ago

I know, I know. There is zero chance Vick returns.

But he has yet to sign with an agent and Self may very well have two open scholarships.

I'm not saying...

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