Everyone says the draft combine doesn’t mean anything but don’t kid yourselves. We’ve seen players such as Donovan Mitchell, Donte DiVincenzo, Joshua Primo, and Bones Hyland rise because of it. Here are this year’s NBA Draft Combine takeaways.

Terquavion Smith (NC State)

NBA Draft Combine notebook: Whose stock is on the rise following first day  of scrimmages? | Sporting News

The biggest show-stopper in the scrimmages was Terquavion Smith as he was lighting it up. He showed off his touch around the rim, his ability to rise off the bounce or catch, and just show he belonged. One scout even compared him to Jordan Poole at the combine. It seems Smith has done enough to secure a first-round selection.

Dereon Seabron (NC State)

Dereon Seabron goes from a role player to star for North Carolina State -  BVM Sports

Another NC State player showed out at the combine. Seabron had a nice first day of scrimmages, and I would not have been shocked if he shut it down. Instead, he came back and played just as well on day two. Dereon Seabron is a 6’6” guard who can be the primary initiator of an offense. He was also picking guys up 94 feet and was a problem using his length to annoy opposing ball-handlers. He did himself favors and should go somewhere in the mid-second round.

Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)

Jalen Williams receiving NBA buzz amid breakout basketball season

Jalen Williams gave impressive measurables:

Height – 6’5.75”

Wingspan – 7’2.25”

Max Vertical – 39 inches

After the measurements came in, it made many do a double-take as to his two-way potential and gave scouts a different projection of what he could be. Williams played very well both days. He shot the ball well, was making plays out of the pick and roll, and even took a couple of charges. He is rising into the lottery conversation now with his length, shooting, and defensive potential.

Jake Laravia (Wake Forest)

Wake Forest junior Jake LaRavia invited to NBA draft combine

Despite opting out of scrimmages, he helped himself in Chicago. 

Five Star Shooting – 17/25 (first)

Shuttle run – 2.89 seconds (second)

Lane agility – 10.58 seconds (third)

Laravia impressed with his athleticism and shooting this weekend and everyone knew he could compete defensively already. He is sneaking into mid-first-round territory after this week.

Mark Williams (Duke)

Mark Williams becomes first Duke player this year to declare for NBA Draft

Mark Williams‘ measurements are making him incredibly appealing:

Height: 7’2”

Wingspan: 7’6”

Standing reach: 9’9”

That last number is important as his standing reach is longer than players like Mo Bamba and Rudy Gobert. That, along with the film, Williams seems to be securing himself as a top 15 pick in this year’s draft.

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Bradley Patten

I played basketball growing up, and always prided myself on being a student of the game. In highschool, I got a concussion that ended my career. Little did I know that it would change my life forever. During this time, I found a new passion related to basketball. I started scouting incoming prospects and fell in love with it. I also love coaching as I am a basketball coach at a local highschool. Belly Up Sports is a way for me to share my love for the game with others and get my opinions out there. My overall goal is to work in the basketball industry as a coach or scout. “To be successful, you must be willing to do the things today others won’t do in order to have the things tomorrow other’s won’t have” (Les Brown). I am well aware this is a competitive field, but I have all the determination to be one of the ones fortunate enough to make it.

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