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Report: Nassir Little, Rui Hachimura among next seven invited to 2019 NBA draft green room

Gonzaga v North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 15: Nassir Little #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels takes a rebound away from Rui Hachimura #21 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second half of their game at the Dean Smith Center on December 15, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 103-90. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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The first set of players invited to the NBA draft: Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, De’Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, Darius Garland, Coby White, Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes.

The next set of invites, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

  • French forward Sekou Doumbouya
  • North Carolina forward Nassir Little
  • Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke
  • Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura
  • Kentucky forward P.J. Washington
  • Kentucky guard Tyler Herro
  • Indiana forward Romeo Langford

The NBA doesn’t want prospects sitting in the green room a long time without being drafted. So, the league consults teams before inviting anyone.

That makes green-room invites a good indicator of draft stock.

There’s nobody shocking on this list. Mostly, it just crystalizes our perception of which players rank highly.

The NBA hopes to have 20 prospects in the green room, according to Givony. That leaves six spots available. Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson, Oregon center Bol Bol, Georgian center Goga Bitadze, USC guard Kevin Porter, Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Georgia center Nicolas Claxton, North Carolina forward Cameron Johnson and Tennessee forward Grant Williams look like prime contenders. As we get closer to that 20-player cutoff, the final selections will be especially revelatory.