The NBA announced its draft combine field, including 66 prospects from the NCAA and international talent pools yesterday. Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett did not make the cut, but did round out the field of 40 that accepted invites to the G-League Elite Camp.
For reference, here are the 40 players that accepted invites to the G League Elite Camp, which is essentially the NBA pre-Combine, leading to participation in the actual combine for the top performers. Some of the most interesting prospects from Portsmouth were left off. pic.twitter.com/Lv0WN8a2PF— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 8, 2019
The announcements confirmed earlier reports that neither Battle nor Brissett received combine invitations. Former Syracuse Orange commit Darius Bazley — who sat out the 2018-19 season working with New Balance — will appear in the combine.
While the move appears disappointing on the surface for SU’s NBA hopes improving after a largely disappointing year, Battle and Brissett did separate themselves from the greater field of 233 early entrants into the draft process.
The G-League Elite Camp is a combination of 40 current G-League players and 40 NBA Draft prospects gathering for a three-day showcase in Chicago. In previous seasons, the G-League Elite Mini Camp marketed the league’s best prospects to NBA teams.
With the creation of the two-way contract and the G-League’s eventual goal to have one team for every NBA franchise, it further developed a minor league system between the two leagues. Since the NBA Draft only provides direct entry for 60 players, the revamped Elite Camp is marketed as an extension of the typical draft combine.
On May 12-13, the 40 current NBA G-League players will scrimmage in front of G-League and NBA personnel. Separately, the draft hopefuls participate in combine-style evaluations from May 12-14, before the NBA’s combine begins on May 14. Both events take place in Chicago, making it possible that G-League camp prospects could jump to the NBA’s combine.
The G-League camp is also further testing ground of the feeling-out process. Since 2016, NCAA players could participate in the NBA Draft process before redeclaring their college eligibility, as Battle did last year. Now, players can also hire agents before disassociating and returning to college before May 29.
Brissett joins Mamadi Diakite and Javin DeLaurier among ACC players at the camp that could return to school.
Despite the name, the G-League camp isn’t a direct funnel to the G-League. Battle worked out for the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, and his father said he’ll show his skills to 10-15 teams before the draft. The Philadelphia 76ers worked out Brissett on Monday. The Lakers and Nets met with Battle last year, which already puts him on some radars.
Former Syracuse player John Gillon will also participate in the G-League camp.