NBA Combine: The best prospects not in Chicago

NBA Combine: The best prospects not in Chicago
May 17, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Because some of those not invited to the two-day NBA Combine are prospects too, we look at a few players not in Chicago that remain potential draft selections.

In addition to their yet-to-be determined lottery selection, the Wizards own two second-round picks, their own (37th overall) and one acquired from the Knicks (54).

Michael Snaer, Florida State (No. 60 overall prospect per Puzzled why the former Florida State star did not receive the NBA Combine nod. Did the decision makers not like his scoring (at least 14 ppg as a junior and senior) or his 3-point shooting (39.3 percent over the last two seasons) or his listed 6-foot-5 height? Maybe sinking at least four game-winning shots last season alone wasn't enough. Certainly seems like the type of player the Wizards could use coming off the bench in the currently open slot behind Bradley Beal. Worth noting on the day the combine list was released, DE ranked Snaer 46 overall.

Jack Cooley, Notre Dame (75): The latest hard working, physical big man coming out of South Bend. The 6-foot-9 power forward averaged a double-double with 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior. Questions about Cooley overcoming his lack of athletic gifts on the NBA level is legitimate, but he's a dynamo on the offensive glass, an area the Wizards were among the league's worst last season.

Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's (79): Watching the listed 6-foot-4 bomber knockdown one perimeter shot after another during WCC games became a late night staple for East Coast basketball watchers. The savvy point guard averaged 15.8 points and 6.4 assists as a senior while shooting 38.2 from beyond the 3-point arc and 85 percent at the free throw. Has significant international experience having played for the Australian national team in the Olympics. 

Khalif Wyatt, Temple (88): Sometimes it just comes down to finding guys who can do stuff and with the Owls, Wyatt showed he is already a professional scorer, averaging 20.5 points last season along with 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals. The issue is at 6-foot-3, Wyatt is undersized for the two-guard slot and his 3-point shooting percentage declined during his four seasons (42.1 percent as a sophomore, 31.6 as a senior).  His 6'8.5" wingspan will help overcome lack of size defensively and Wyatt had no choice but to take lots of shots for Temple, which factors into the low percentage. Teams will need to believe he can play both guard slots and can control his shot selection, but the kid can score.

The Internationals: Outside the of the injured Anthony Bennett, the bulk of notable prospects not in Chicago are those that hail from outside the states or did not play on the college level. Small forwards Sergey Karasev (19)  from Russia, Dario Saric (23) from Croatia and Giannis Adetokunbo (25) from Greece are the leaders of that overseas pack. The 6-foot-10 Saric sits No. 10 overall on Chad Ford's Big Board due to his high basketball IQ and expansive skill set. Though invited to the combine, Saric is playing overseas in the Croatian playoffs where he is apparently making every shot in sight. Obviously the Wizards have not been shy about drafting international players in the first round and a long-term fit at SF does not exist on the roster.