*** I still can’t fully understand how each of Pitt’s three seniors, Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker, were left off the list of 54 players invited to the NBA Pre-draft combine in Chicago, released this week.
Granted, there aren’t many players on the list who are obvious reaches — the lowest-ranked invited player among Chad Ford’s ESPN top 100 is Kentucky shooting guard DeAndre Liggins at No. 68 — but you’ve got to think the Pitt seniors, as potential second-round picks, fit in with the lower-ranked players in this group.
Draftexpress.com listed the top 15 snubs, based on their NBA draft rankings, and Brown, McGhee and Wanamaker were among the top prospects who didn’t get an invitation to Chicago.
The event is held at the Attack Athletics facility and will be run by famed trainer Tim Grover. The players will perform basketball drills, plus undergo athletic and medical testing and team interviews. There is no live 5-on-5 basketball.
*** Sam Young had a rough day last week, as his car was stolen the day of the Grizzlies’ Game 6 victory over Oklahoma City. Young also was benched for the game in favor of O.J. Mayo, a better outside shooter. Young and the Grizzlies will try to reach the Western Conference when they play the Thunder at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
*** The Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am Summer League in Greentree will begin on Monday, June 20. The league will run Monday and Wednesday evenings for four weeks (no games on July 4). The playoffs are scheduled for July 18-20.