UCLA superstar freshman Lonzo Ball will not attend the 2017 NBA Draft Combine.
The showcase, which is May 9-14 at Chicago’s Quest Center, allows NBA scouts, GM’s, and coaches to evaluate college players who have declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Ball is following in the footsteps of previous projected top picks who have also blown off the event in the past.
Last year’s No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, and 2015’s top three selections Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid, all missed the combine.
“Agents would prefer not to have their clients go through the exhaustive medical screening the NBA puts every Combine participant through, especially now that the Combine is held before the official order of the NBA draft is set at the Lottery (May 17th),” wrote Draft Express.com’s Jonathan Givony. “The physical is an incredibly important component to most team’s decision making process, and is one of the few pieces of leverage agents have.”
Ball, a 6-6 point guard, led the nation in assists this season, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.1 rebounds while guiding UCLA to a 31-5 record (15-3 Pac-12) and the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
He was the only freshman named to the All-American First-Team.
ESPN’s No. 4 ranked recruit in the 2016 high school class, Ball averaged a triple-double of 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists as a senior last season at Chino Hills (CA).
Many analysts are predicting that Ball, whose game has been compared to NBA greats Magic and Jason Kidd, will be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 Draft.
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