There was no question the group of talented freshmen from Duke and North Carolina would go to the NBA Draft Combine later this month, but severalothers players with local ties received the coveted invitations, too.
Wake Forest freshman Jaylen Hoard, who initially entered the NBA Draft with the possibility of returning to school, was invited to the NBA Draft Combine after announcing his intention to stay in the draft. Fresh off an All-ACC season, Carolina senior Cameron Johnson received an invitation as did N.C. State commit Jalen Lecque, who is testing the NBA Draft process after completing a year of prep school last season at Brewster Academy.
As expected, Carolina's Nassir Little and Coby White were invited, along with RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson of Duke.
Set for May 14-19 in Chicago, the annual combine involves the measurement and weighing of players along with medical testing and other athletic tests. Players are also put in five-on-five drills, though some top prospects have declined to participate, while NBA clubs send personnel decision-makers to meet with and interview players.
Meanwhile, forwards Luke Maye of Carolina and Javin DeLaurier of Duke will have to settle for working out at the NBA G League Elite Camp, while Kenny Williams and Marques Bolden weren't invited to either of the NBA's primary scouting combines.
Among other notable invitees from the ACC to the NBA Draft Combine are Virginia's trio of Kyle Guy, De'Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome, Ky Bowman (Boston College), Mfiondu Kabengele (Florida State), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech), Jordan Nwora (Louisville).
ACC players invited to the G League Elite Showcase are Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett (Syracuse), Mamadi Diakite (Virginia), Dewan Hernandez (Miami), Terrance Mann (Florida State) and Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech). Campbell's Chris Clemons and Shaw's Amir Hinton also received invitations.