The Full Listing of 2021 NBA Draft Inexperienced Room Invitees
Some prospects got a purpose for confidence by the NBA on Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday, the NBA introduced the prospects invited to attend the 2021 NBA Draft and keep within the inexperienced room, an honor sometimes given to prospects prone to go within the first spherical.
20 gamers are invited to the inexperienced room for the draft this yr.
The checklist of gamers invited this yr are: Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham; G League Ignite wing Jalen Inexperienced, USC forward-center Evan Mobley, Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, Ignite ahead Jonathan Kuminga, Florida State ahead Scottie Barnes, Baylor guard Davion Mitchell, UConn guard James Bouknight, Tennessee guard Keon Johnson, Michigan ahead Franz Wagner, Adelaide 36ers guard Josh Giddey, Duke ahead Jalen Johnson, Gonzaga ahead Corey Kispert, Arkansas guard Moses Moody, Texas heart Kai Jones, Besiktas heart Alperen Sengun, LSU guard Cameron Thomas, Stanford ahead Ziaire Williams, Oregon guard Chris Duarte and Kentucky ahead Isaiah Jackson.
Names like Cunningham, Inexperienced and Mobley had been shoo-ins for the Draft’s inexperienced room, however some names definitely are a little bit of a shock.
Jackson and Williams, a pair of one-and-done prospects, are coming off combined freshman seasons for his or her respective colleges, which have landed them combined grades from prospect evaluators. Cameron Thomas from LSU is the lowest-ranked participant on ESPN’s “finest out there prospects” at 26th, with Jackson second-lowest at 24th.
In fact, with solely 20 gamers invited, some needed to be left off the inexperienced room checklist.
Possibly probably the most notable participant not invited is Sharife Cooper, a guard from Auburn College. Cooper, a whirlwind of a playmaker, averaged 20.2 factors and eight.1 assists per sport (12 video games) in his short-lived freshman season.
Spanish ahead Usman Garuba is the highest-ranked participant on ESPN’s finest out there checklist (15th total) acquired an invitation, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, however his Olympic dedication to Spain’s males’s nationwide basketball workforce outmoded the significance of his look in Brooklyn.
Replace: Usman Garuba, thought-about a probable top-20 choose, was invited to the Inexperienced Room, however pressured to say no as a result of he’s presently with the Spanish nationwide workforce as a part of its preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. https://t.co/oIbGjwvVM3— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 20, 2021
Virginia ahead Trey Murphy III, Alabama guard Josh Primo, Tennessee guard Jaden Springer and Baylor guard Jared Butler are just a few different gamers that many thought had been deserving of the honour.
Whereas inexperienced room invitations have traditionally been an excellent indicator of a prospect’s potential draft slot, it isn’t a assure, as Jonathan Wasserman from Bleacher Report notes.
Reminder NBA draft inexperienced room invitations do not assure something. The final inexperienced room in 2019 (none in 2020) noticed Bol Bol slide to 44, Claxton go 31, Porter Jr. 30, Keldon Johnson 29.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) July 20, 2021
The 2021 NBA Draft will happen on the Barclays Heart in Brooklyn on Thursday, July 29.