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2014 NBA Draft: Jabari Brown

Yannis Koutroupis



Jabari Brown – Missouri, Jr.

Ht.: 6’4, wt.: 200 lbs.

Strengths: Can score from all over the floor. Athletic. Gets to the free throw line regularly. Strong.

Weaknesses: Slightly below average size for his position. Defense. Turnover prone.

Yannis Koutroupis is Basketball Insiders' Managing Site Editor and Senior Writer. He has been covering the NBA and NCAA for seven years.


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66 NBA Prospects Accept Invite To The 2019 NBA Draft Combine

66 players accepted invites to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

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The NBA Draft Combine is the first step in the Draft process for NBA hopefuls and features five-on-five games as well as shooting and strength and agility drills at Quest Multisport in Chicago on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17.

ESPN 2 will provide coverage both days from 3-7 p.m. ET.

A select number of draft-eligible players will be invited to participate in the 2019 NBA Draft Combine based on their performance in the NBA G League Elite Camp, which will take place May 12-14 at Quest Multisport.

Below is a list of expected attendees at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine powered by Under Armour.

Player Name (College/Club)
 Alexander-Walker, Nickeil (Virginia Tech)
 Barrett, RJ (Duke)
 Bassey, Charles (Western Kentucky)
 Bazley, Darius (Princeton HS (OH))
 Bol, Bol (Oregon)
 Bone, Jordan (Tennessee)
 Bowen, Brian (Sydney Kings (Australia))
 Bowman, Ky (Boston College)
 Brazdeikis, Ignas (Michigan)
 Brown, Moses (UCLA)
 Clarke, Brandon (Gonzaga)
 Claxton, Nicolas (Georgia)
 Culver, Jarrett (Texas Tech)
 Dort, Luguentz (Arizona State)
 Dotson, Devon (Kansas)
 Edwards, Carsen (Purdue)
 Fernando, Bruno (Maryland)
 Gafford, Daniel (Arkansas)
 Garland, Darius (Vanderbilt)
 Grimes, Quentin (Kansas)
 Guy, Kyle (Virginia)
 Hands, Jaylen (UCLA)
 Hayes, Jaxson (Texas)
 Herro, Tyler (Kentucky)
 Hoard, Jaylen (Wake Forest)
 Horton-Tucker, Talen (Iowa State)
 Hunter, De’Andre (Virginia)
 Jerome, Ty (Virginia)
 Johnson, Cameron (North Carolina)
 Johnson, Keldon (Kentucky)
 Kabengele, Mfiondu (Florida State)
 King, Louis (Oregon)
 Langford, Romeo (Indiana)
 Lawson, Dedric (Kansas)
 Lecque, Jalen (Brewster Academy (NH))
 Little, Nassir (North Carolina)
 Matthews, Charles (Michigan)
 McDaniels, Jalen (San Diego State)
 Morant, Ja (Murray State)
 Norvell Jr., Zach (Gonzaga)
 Nowell, Jaylen (Washington)
 Nwora, Jordan (Louisville)
 Okeke, Chuma (Auburn)
 Okpala, KZ (Stanford)
 Oni, Miye (Yale)
 Paschall, Eric (Villanova)
 Ponds, Shamorie (St. John’s)
 Poole, Jordan (Michigan)
 Porter Jr., Kevin (USC)
 Porter, Jontay (Missouri)
 Queta, Neemias (Utah State)
 Reddish, Cam(Duke)
 Reid, Naz (LSU)
 Roby, Isaiah (Nebraska)
 Samanic, Luka (Olimpija (Slovenia))
 Schofield, Admiral (Tennessee)
 Shittu, Simisola (Vanderbilt)
 Tillie, Killian (Gonzaga)
 Washington Jr., PJ (Kentucky)
 Waters, Tremont (LSU)
 Weatherspoon, Quinndary (Mississippi State)
 White, Coby (North Carolina)
 Wilkes, Kris (UCLA)
 Williams, Grant (Tennessee)
 Williamson, Zion (Duke)
 Windler, Dylan (Belmont)
Basketball Insiders will be on-site for the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, stay tuned for interviews, insight and reporting on the 2019 NBA Draft.

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NBA Daily: Four International Prospects Worth Stashing

While much of the international buzz has fallen on Luka Dončić, there are four other overseas prospects worth keeping your eye on.

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Without fail, mock drafts come and go all spring with little mention of potential international draftees. It makes perfect sense. Not every overseas athlete can get the buzz of Real Madrid’s Luka Dončić — or, in most cases, even that of Élie Okobo and Džanan Musa, two international prospects with decent chances of going in the first round next week. Still, would it surprise you to know that seven international draftees were taken in the second round in 2017? Or that 2016 went one better and reached eight? In fact, 2015 saw 10 foreign-born prospects get selected after pick No. 30 — so this is a trend, not an aberration.

Granted, a handful of those draftees haven’t and will not ever play meaningful NBA minutes — but the point still very much stands. However, outside of those aforementioned three — Dončić, Okobo and Musa — even the most-educated of fans would be hard-pressed to rattle off four more transatlantic options. Luckily, Basketball Insiders has your back. Memorize these easily-digestible profiles to impress your friends and family during the NBA Draft — you can thank us later.

Additionally, three of these four players were recently ranked in Basketball Insiders’ latest 60-pick mock draft. For more insight, check out our consensus mock drafts here as well.

Isaac Bonga, Germany — Fraport Skyliners
Age: 18 — Height: 6-foot-9 — Position: SG/SF
Last Mock Rank: No. 39 to Philadelphia

By most accounts, Bonga will be drafted next week — so, admittedly, he’s not the deepest cut on this list. But if the German isn’t on many casual radars just yet, he should be soon enough. His statistics are hardly remarkable — Bonga averaged just six points, three rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 2017-18 — but his physical measurements project him as a difference-maker. Standing at 6-foot-9, the 18-year-old talent has some legitimate playmaking abilities already. Of course, overseas highlight reels have proven to be misleading time and time again — but watch this timestamped move from last summer’s FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup and try not to get too excited.

Comparing Bonga to other size-aided court generals is weak at best, but he also boasts a seven-foot wingspan, shoots 92.1 percent from the free throw line and his on-court vision is noteworthy for a teenager. Bonga’s best individual performance of the season came against Eisbären Bremerhaven, where he notched 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 2-for-2 from three-point range. Given his current stature, he won’t be limited to just defending one or two positions if he bulks up over the next couple years either. There’s no guarantee that Bonga will make it professionally in America, but there are some compelling reasons to take a wait-and-see approach with this capable youngster.

Rodions Kurucs, Latvia — FC Barcelona
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-9 Position: SF
Last Mock Rank: No. 37 to Sacramento

Originally, Kurucs had considered coming over last season after scoring 9.5 points per game for FC Barcelona II. Although raw, the then-19-year-old was a projected late first-rounder for much of the workout process — but he ultimately opted to head back to Spain for another year. In 2017-18, his counting statistics improved nominally, but he finally spent time with FC Barcelona, one of Europe’s top clubs. Unfortunately, that’s also where things begin to get a bit tricky.

Between his allegedly expensive buyout and Barcelona freely swapping Kurucs between their two clubs to keep him away from visiting scouts, the Latvian is now widely seen as a second-round pick across the board. He had until June 11 to withdraw his name, but — perhaps knowing that things will forever remain difficult in Spain — is just going to make the most of a bad situation. Even with his up-and-downs, Kurucs is often a crafty scorer that can go both inside and outside with the ball.

Although Kurucs has two-way potential, make no mistake, the offense is the prospect’s bread and butter. As we’ve learned in recent years, the NBA will always find room for deadeye shooters and that’s what Kurucs may eventually bring to the table. The talent is here for Kurucs but his long-term NBA future likely depends on which franchise he lands with.

Issuf Sanon, Ukraine — Petrol Olimpija
Age: 18 — Height: 6-foot-3 — Position: G
Last Mock Rank: No. 57 to Oklahoma City

Qualifying as one of the more under the radar options, Sanon is a Ukrainian baller currently playing for Petrol Olimpija in Slovenia. In 2017-18, Sanon averaged six points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals over 20.2 minutes per game and presently projects as a combo guard. Although his professional moments have offered glimpses of an NBA-worthy path, Sanon made his biggest mark last summer at the FIBA U18 European Championship. In what would become his breakout tournament, Sanon averaged 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists over seven games.

During a slim two-point defeat to Turkey in the Round of 16, Sanon tallied 27 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and made three of his five attempts from deep. He’ll need to continue developing at the three-point line — he shot just 29.3 percent this season — but Sanon looks like he could be a viable 3-and-D candidate down the road. That said, like many international second-rounders, it’s unlikely that Sanon will come over for a few years at least. But if he keeps developing at this rate, drafting and stashing Sanon would be a shrewd move for any franchise.

Arnoldas Kulboka, Lithuania — Capo d’Orlando
Age: 20 — Height: 6-foot-9 — Position: F
Last Mock Rank: Unranked

Last but not least, there’s Arnoldas Kulboka — a long-ranged assassin with the numbers to back it up. In 2017-18, Kulboka went on loan to Capo d’Orlando of Serie A, a club with which he quickly found success. He was even named Best Young Player in the Basketball Champions League, a new, FIBA-led, European-wide competition. At the 2017 U19 Basketball World Cup, Kulboka averaged 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and two assists over seven games. As an athletic, microwavable shooter, Kulboka naturally goes through bouts of inconsistency — but when he’s on, the Lithuanian appears like a tremendous prospect. In the tournament opener against Germany, Kulboka dropped 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 5-for-8 from downtown. What else could you want?

On the flip side, during Lithuania’s quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Italy, Kulboka scored just five points on 1-for-15 shooting — so there’s certainly still room to improve. Given his NBA-ready range and his perfect fit in a modern offensive system, those facets alone make Kulboka worth considering. Regardless, success at the international level from an early age is not always an indicator of future achievements, that much should be obvious. But for a mid-to-late second rounder, franchises could do far worse than stashing Kulboka.

While there’s no promise that everybody on this list will even join the NBA someday, they’ve all proved that their names should be known heading into draft week. From former FIBA standouts to those with positionless potential, these four overseas standouts could be difference-makers in the forthcoming years.

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VIDEO: Deng Adel – The Preparation Pro Day

Louisville’s Deng Adel talks about showcasing his game at The Preparation Pro Day in Miami, including what he is working on, what he brings to the NBA and more.

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Louisville’s Deng Adel talks about showcasing his game at The Preparation Pro Day in Miami, including what he is working on, what he brings to the NBA and more.

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