More than 150 college underclassmen declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, though many are likely to return to school now that the official draft combine list has been released. Yahoo! Sports has published the full 69-player list of invitees for the combine set for May 16-20 in Chicago, a list that includes nine players who were on Pac-12 rosters last season.
UCLA leads all Pac-12 schools with three invitees: guards Jaylen Hands and Aaron Holiday and forward Kris Wilkes. Hands and Wilkes can return to school if they withdraw from the draft by May 30 while Holiday signed with an agent and cannot return.
Arizona (guards Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier) and USC (guard De’Anthony Melton and forward Chimezie Metu) have two players apiece set to participate in the combine, while forward Troy Brown Jr. will represent Oregon and guard George King is Colorado’s lone participant.
King, a senior, earned a combine invite after a standout performance at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament held last month for players who have exhausted their college eligibility.
One player who is not on the combine list is Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, a possible No. 1 draft pick, who elected not to participate. Other NBA draft early entrants with Pac-12 ties not to get invites were Utah guard Sedrick Barefield, Washington forward Noah Dickerson, Oregon State center Drew Eubanks, Washington State forward Robert Franks, UCLA forward Cody Riley and Stanford forward Reid Travis.