Former Kansas forward Billy Preston can help out his draft stock a lot at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine, according to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman.
Preston is one of the players with the most to gain at the combine, per Wasserman. The former 5-star recruit was sidelined for months by an NCAA investigation and eventually left school to get play professionally in Bosnia. However, his stint in the Adriatic League didn’t go so well, and he ultimately came back to the U.S. after three games because of a shoulder injury.
As a result, NBA teams don’t have much film to evaluate him as a pro prospect. But if he can do well at the combine, he could create some interest for himself again.
While scrimmages will be important, since scouts have barely seen him play, interviews will be equally crucial.
He’ll measure and jump like an NBA athlete. Outplaying the top college prospects and demonstrating maturity when meeting with teams will help revive NBA interest in the athletic power forward.
Preston was the No. 20 overall prospect and the No. 8 power forward in the Class of the 2017, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The combine begins Wednesday at the Barclay’s Center in New York City and will continue until Sunday. The draft is Thursday, June 21.