Former Nevada basketball star Jalen Harris got some good news Sunday night when he made the cut for the NBA's virtual draft combine.
Harris is one of 61 players who was invited to the combine, which will have a different feel due to COVID-19. But as a potential second-round draft pick, Harris making the cut for the combine after being listed on the original group of 105 players is a good sign because it shows NBA teams want to see more from the 6-foot-5 combo guard.
Harris entered the NBA draft after his junior season at Nevada, his only active year in silver and blue. Last season, Harris averaged 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 44.6/36.2/82.3. He's ranked 77th on ESPN's Big Board. There are 60 players selected in each draft.
Harris was one of three players from the MW to get invited to the virtual combine along with San Diego State's Malachi Flynn and Utah State's Sam Merrill, who were the last two MW players of the year. A number of top prospects declined invitations to the combine, which opened additional spots for prospects. Those players include Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, Obi Toppin, Onyeka Okongwu, Cole Anthony, Aaron Nesmith and Saddiq Bey.
Instead of all participants gathering in Chicago like previous years, they instead will go to the NBA facility nearest to them to conduct interviews, on-court drills and athletic and medical testing.
“NBA Draft Combine 2020 will give players the opportunity to participate in league and team interviews, both conducted via videoconference from Sept. 28 through Oct. 16,” the league announced earlier this month. “Players will also take part in an individual on-court program consisting of strength and agility testing, anthropometric measurements, shooting drills and a ‘Pro Day’ video, all conducted in October at the NBA team facility nearest to a player’s home or interim residence. Medical testing and examinations will be performed by NBA-affiliated physicians in the same market.”
As part of the event’s format, the NBA will incorporate HomeCourt, a mobile basketball training application that uses advanced machine learning and computer vision, to provide analytics and record the shooting evaluation portion of combine. The video, used to showcase a player’s skills, may feature only the individual player (and either a coach or trainer) and can be up to 45 minutes.
Harris is the 11th Wolf Pack player to get invited to the NBA combine since 2004, joining the Martin twins, Jordan Caroline, Cameron Oliver, Deonte Burton, Luke Babbitt, Armon Johnson, Kirk Snyder, Ramon Sessions and Marcelus Kemp. Here are the previous athletic tests for Wolf Pack alums.
The draft is scheduled for Nov. 18, although the date remains subject to change as circumstances warrant.