Gary Williams talks local NBA Draft prospects
Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., Maryland's Alex Len and Virginia Tech's Erick Green are among the prospects invited to next week's NBA pre-draft combine. CSNwashington will have on-the-scene coverage of the poking, prodding and interviewing event, which takes place May 16-17 in Chicago.
The Wizards currently own a first-round selection plus two second-round picks including one acquired from the New York Knicks. The lottery will take place on May 21 with the draft on June 27.
Porter, the Big East Player of the Year, is a consensus high lottery selection and potential top-3 selection. The 6-foot-8 forward's all-court game and ability to contribute without the ball in his hands makes him a rather safe option, but with genuine upside. Even if his measurables or lack of quotable sound bites fail to wow the scouting world, it is hard imaging the Hoyas' leading scorer and rebounder falling outside the top 6-8 picks.
Len is expected to attend for interviews despite having recently undergone ankle surgery. Though sidelined for the next 4-6 months, the athletic 7-foot-1 center remains a top-10 target, possibly for the Wizards.
The 6-foot-3 Green led the country in scoring with 25.0 points per game for the Hokies, but likely would play a point guard role on the NBA level. Not a lock for the first-round lock, but DraftExpress.com ranks Green No. 30 among all prospects.
Others of note expected in Chicago include Indiana swingman and former DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, Kentucky center Nerlens Noel and Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was named the East Region's Most Outstanding Player.
Of the healthy North American-based players ranked among the top-50 prospects by Draft Express, only Florida State guard (and clutch perfomer) Michael Snaer (46) did not receive an invitation.
Attending the combine does not ensure a player will be drafted. That scenario played out for Georgetown's Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson last year, though both attended NBA training camps and Sims briefly played during the season for the New Orleans Hornets.
Click here for the entire list of those invited and not attending the NBA Combine.