Isaiah Taylor’s road to the NBA appears to have gotten longer. The former Texas guard was not invited to the NBA scouting combine, according to a report from ESPN.
The NBA later released an official invite list, confirming the report.
Neither Taylor nor center Prince Ibeh were among the 63 players invited to the event in Chicago from May 11-15.
Both players could still get drafted on June 23. However, combine invitations are extended to those players who likely have the best chance of getting selected in the two-round event. Sixty players, including some who play overseas, are chosen overall.
Five players who did not attend the NBA combine were drafted last season. Over the long haul, those are rare exceptions.
Taylor, a 6-foot-3 junior, averaged 13.6 points and 4.5 assists in three seasons with the Longhorns. Ibeh, a 6-11 senior, averaged 3 points and 1.6 blocks per game during his four-year career.
The Big 12 will send several representatives, though. Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins were invited, as were Kansas’ Perry Ellis and Cheick Diallo. Georges Niang (Iowa State) and Taurean Prince (Baylor) were also invited.
Here is the full list of NBA combine participants: https://t.co/Lwh3TKtEds
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 5, 2016
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