Several lottery prospects to sit out NBA combine

Several lottery prospects to sit out NBA combine
May 15, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Updated May 16, 12:18 a.m.

We now have a better idea of which players the Wizards intend to meet with during the NBA combine. We're also starting to learn which prospects will not participate in actual basketball drills during the event held in Chicago on Thursday and Friday.

Some are skipping the on-court workouts due to injury, including Maryland's Alex Len, UNLV's Anthony Bennett and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, all likely top-10 selections. Same goes for NC State forward C.J. Leslie, Louisville's Gorgui Dieng, and Duke's Seth Curry.

Other lottery-bound or first-round players, well, let's just say the advice they're receiving from agents is all about not jeopardizing their draft stock. Not all the names are official, but Jeff Goodman with CBSsports.com reports Otto Porter Jr., Ben McLemore, Shabazz Muhammad, Michael Carter-Williams and Mason Plumlee are among those not expected to be full participants.

Porter, Muhammad and Plumlee are players the Wizards are planning to meet with this week. Washington can interview up to 15 of the 63 players invited to Chicago. The draft lottery takes place on Tuesday.

(Update - ESPN's Andy Katz reports Muhammad will participate in all aspects of the combine. If so, it could be because the small forward's stock has seemingly dropped into the 8-12 range after a point-producing freshman season that did not completely live up to the immense hype.)

Should the player a team is interested in pass on playing along this week, it's really no biggie. Leading into the June 27 NBA Draft, prospects will visit with teams for individual and group workouts. Last year Bradley Beal skipped the combine, but obviously made enough of an impression with the Wizards for the team to select him third overall.

Still, to paraphrase Matthew McConaughey's character in "Dazed and Confused" in this workout context, it sure would be a lot cooler if they did.