Two of college basketball’s best players over the past four years will not be participate in the 2018 NBA Combine. The list of participants, which includes 69 players, that was released Friday did not include North Carolina seniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson.
Pinson acknowledged the snub on Twitter, tweeting at Berry, “more fuel to the fire my guy!!”
@JoelBerryII more fuel to the fire my guy!! 👍🏿
— Theo pinson (@tpinsonn) May 5, 2018
Neither Berry nor Pinson are listed in nbadraft.net’s latest mock draft, which was released Wednesday. Pinson ranks as a top-100 prospect, according to Sports Illustrated and ESPN. Berry is not ranked by either publication.
Berry averaged 12.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game during his career. He was also the ACC Tournament MVP in 2016 and the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player in 2017.
Pinson has been the heart of the North Carolina program in recent years. He averaged 6.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during his career. The 2017-18 season was the Greensboro, N.C., native’s best season, tallying 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He is also known as one of the country’s best perimeter defenders.
The combine will take place May 16-20 in Chicago. Players who did not receive an invite can still work out for teams privately.
A non-invite to the combine does not eliminate a player’s chances of being drafted. Tennessee’s Josh Richardson, a player similar to Pinson, was not invited to the event in 2015, but was selected by the Miami Heat with the 40th overall pick.