2014 NBA Draft: Combine participants list, details and more

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Who's in and who's out at this week's NBA Draft combine. Top names not showing up, most of the lottery not taking part in drills.

The NBA Draft might not be nearly the seismic media and fan event of the just-concluded NFL Draft, but it's a big draw for diehard hoops watchers. And for the die hards among those die hards there is the NBA Draft combine, which takes place in Chicago on May 15 and 16 and will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

Who's Out?

Before we get to who is in, let's focus on who is out. Top draft prospects Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid have all announced that they will be skipping the combine process. This isn't terribly surprising as all three have pretty firmly established themselves as the top three players in the draft and have little to gain from getting measured and taking part in drills.

Also out are a trio of local players -- University of Michigan's Mitch McGary will miss the combine because he is recovering from back surgery while Michigan State University's Adreian Payne is battling mononucleosis, according to his agent. Payne's MSU teammate Keith Appling, a borderline second-round pick, didn't receive an invitation.

Who's In?

So who's in? Local players making an appearance include Michigan sharpshooter Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III and MSU's two-way wing Gary Harris.

An official list was handed out to media and accounting for the no-shows above it looks as follows:

Player College
Jordan Adams UCLA
Kyle Anderson UCLA
Thanasis Antetokounmpo Delaware (D-League)
Isaiah Austin Baylor
Jordan Bachynski Arizona State
Cameron Bairstow New Mexico
Khem Birch UNLV
Alec Brown Wisconsin Green Bay
Jabari Brown Missouri
Markel Brown Oklahoma State
Deonte Burton Nevada
Jahii Carson Arizona State
Semaj Christon Xavier
Jordan Clarkson MIssouri
Aaron Craft Ohio State
DeAndre Daniels Connecticut
Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado
Cleanthony Early Wichita State
Melvin Ejim Iowa State
Tyler Ennis Syracuse
Dante Exum Australia
C.J. Fair Syracuse
Aaron Gordon Arizona
Jerami Grant Syracuse
P.J. Hairston Texas (D-League/UNC
Gary Harris Michigan State
Joe Harris Virginia
Rodney Hood Duke
Cory Jefferson Baylor
Nick Johnson Arizona
DeAndre Kane Iowa State
Sean Kilpatick Cincinnati
Alex Kirk New Mexico
Zach LaVine UCLA
Devyn Marble Iowa
James Michael McaAdoo North Carolina
K.J. McDaniels Clemson
Doug McDermott Creighton
Jordan McRae Tennessee
Shabazz Napier Connecticut
Johnny O'Bryant III LSU
Lamar Patterson Pittsburgh
Elfrid Payton Louisiana-Lafayette
Dwight Powell Stanford
Julius Randle Kentucky
Glenn Robinson III Michigan
LaQuinton Ross Ohio State
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State
Russ Smith Louisville
Nik Stauskas Michigan
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee
Xavier Thames San Diego State
Noah Vonleh Indiana
T.J. Warren North Carolina State
Kendall Williams New Mexico
C.J. Wilcox Washington
James Young Kentucky
Patric Young Florida

Just because a player is on the list, of course, doesn't mean he's going to show up. And just because he shows up doesn't mean he will take part in any of the drills. Some players just prefer to get their official measurements out there and save everything else for individual workouts.

Of the players listed above, ESPN's Chad Ford reports that Randle, Exum, Gordon, Vonleh, Ennis, McDermott and Stauskas are unlikely to participate in drills.

While it's a shame to see so many players in that mid-lottery tier skipping out on drills (Ennis, McDermott and Stauskas), there are still players that Pistons fans should keep an eye on. This includes UCLA's Anderson and LaVine, MSU's Gary Harris, OK State's Marcus Smart and Louisiana-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton.

Drills

Players submitting to measurements will be divided into groups by position and then be measured based on height, weight, wingspan, standing reach, body fat percentage and hand size. Players then participate in a series of basketball simulation drills that put their skills to the test, including fasbreaks, weaves, three-on-three scrimmages, set shooting and more.

Players are then tested in a series of drills as outlined by Max Rappaport, the Sixers writer for NBA.com.

Bench Press

Players do as many reps of 185 pounds as they can.

Vertical Jump

Players are tested on their standing vertical as well as their maximum vertical (with a running start).

Three-Quarters Court Sprint

This drill covers 75 feet and serves as the equivalent of the NFL's 40-yard dash.

Lane Agility

Cones are played along the four corners of the key and players move clockwise, then counterclockwise along the path.

TV Schedule

The NBA Draft combine will be broadcast on ESPN networks as well as online at Watch ESPN. The combine will be hosted by Chad Ford, Jay Williams, Fran Fraschilla, Tom Penn and Ryen Russillo. The official schedule is as follows:

Date Time Channel Online
Thursday (5/15) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPNU WatchESPN
Thursday (5/15) 1 - 3 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Friday (5/16) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPNU WatchESPN
Friday (5/16) 1 - 3 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
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