The NBA announced 19 prospects will attend the 2015 Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn. The group includes the likely top two selections, Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke's Jahlil Okafor.
This does not mean these players will be among the top 20 selected, but it certainly provides some league-wide indication of the likely top candidates. No real surprises in the group. Of the likely top options, only Mario Hezonga will not be in New York. The Croatian swingman is projected among the top 10 picks.
More ironic than anything, but the Washington Wizards own the 19th pick. Players in bold worked out for the Wizards at Verizon Center:
- Devin Booker (Kentucky)
- Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)
- Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)
- Jerian Grant (Notre Dame)
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona)
- Stanley Johnson (Arizona)
- Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)
- Kevon Looney (UCLA)
- Trey Lyles (Kentucky)
- Emmanuel Mudiay (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- Jahlil Okafor (Duke)
- Kelly Oubre, Jr. (Kansas)
- Cameron Payne (Murray State)
- Bobby Portis (Arkansas)
- Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia)
- D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State)
- Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky)
- Myles Turner (Texas)
- Justise Winslow (Duke)
Others notables not formally asked to attend include Virginia forward Justin Anderson, Georgia State guard R. J. Hunter, Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell, Utah guard Delon Wright and Duke guard Tyus Jones. Some non-invitees may choose to sit in the stands and walk on the stage when their name is called.
Whether they pick one of the invited players or not, at least the math suggests the Wizards should have a jersey ready Thursday night just in case.
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