This year's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago could make or break several prospective draft picks and determine their future. But it will also shape next year's college basketball season for several programs that have players who still have to commit to the professional ranks or return to college. This deadline is May 30th.
Here five schools have the most to lose – or to win – in the next few days:
The defending national champions are already losing National Player of the Year Jalen Brunson and potential top Get -10 for Mikal Bridges. Super Sub Donte DiVincenzo, the most outstanding player of the Final Four, and newcomer Forward Omari Spellman could also be gone. DiVincenzo, nicknamed "The Michael Jordan of Delaware," is a projected first-round pick, while the sweet-shooting 6-foot-9 Spellman has to impress this week to cement himself as a first-rounder. If either ̵
Wildcats' season does not rest on the return of striker PJ Washington. He would, however, give Kentucky's frontline much needed experience. According to reports, Washington would stay in the draft if he has a guarantee for the first round, otherwise he could go back to school. The physical 6-foot-7 striker, who has been getting better in his freshman season, is a load in the paint, but there are questions about his ability to shoot more than a few feet from the basket on the next level if he does fast enough to guard wings, or big enough to go forward.
When the Martin twins return, Reno will house a legitimate powerhouse. Coach Eric Musselman is already adding Tre # Shawn Thurman (Nebraska-Omaha), Corey Henson (Wagner), Nisre Zouzoua (Bryant) and Jazz Johnson (Portland) along with McDonald's All-American Jordan Brown. Cody and Caleb Martin, both versatile 6-foot-7 wings, led Nevada to its second Sweet 16 in program history, and both will try to catch the eye of the NBA's staff, demonstrating their defensive ability and sometimes shaky shot selection. Both are not considered first choice and give Wolf Pack fans hope.
All eyes in the center of New York follow the second watchman Tyus Battle at the combine harvester. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Edison, NJ, marked Orange's breathtaking run to Sweet 16. They lost top recruit Darius Bazley, who decided to go into the professional ranks of the G-League instead of college , Without Battle, which scored an average of 19.2 points per game, but only shot 39 percent out of the field, the team's cap has a limit. A great performance showing playmaker skills and consistency in the art of shooting could bring Battle into the first round, and a pauper could send him back to Syracuse.
No program may have more on the line this week than the Terps. Probably their two best players, the big man Bruno Fernando and wing Kevin Hürter, are both in Chicago and still have to decide their future. Hürter, an all-rounder known for his long-range action, and the 6-foot-10 Fernando have to prove themselves to the Terrapins after a disappointing NCAA tournament-less season.