Counter to the current wave of declining invitation, Washington Huskies Point Guard Markelle Fultz will attend the 2017 NBA Combine
Washington Huskies point guard Markelle Fultz will attend the 2017 NBA Combine. That event happens this week, from May 9 through 14, in Chicago, Illinois. Curiously, that event is somewhat of a mystery.
Unlike the broadly advertised media-driven event of the NFL, the NBA Combine is somewhat of a private matter. In fact, if you want to learn about the event, you’d best pack a lunch. Details are somewhat sketchy. Most major sports networks can provide a list of attendees well enough. But trying to glean what is happening on which day is somewhat barren of readily available information.
And so, I had to tap into our sister website at FanSided’s The Sixer Sense to get an article yielding more details than is readily available. What I learned is that over 60 basketball players have been invited to attend, but of that number, many of the top prospects have declined.
So why is Markelle Fultz attending?
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Well, he will likely opt out of participating in drills held in the first part of the Combine. But he will certainly be there for the measurements segment. Per the Sixer Sense the second half of the event will include physical measurements.
Physical Measurements include:
Height without shoes
Height with shoes
While all of that is nice, the measurement part can be done in private or even virtually from anywhere on the planet. But there are more subtle and valid reasons for Markelle Fultz to attend.
Meet Greet Assuage
From May 9 through May 14, virtually all NBA Teams will be represented by key decision makers for that franchise. Whether it be general manager, president, or owner, NBA teams will attend the event en masse.
So what better venue for Markelle Fultz to clear the air about his kneetroubles that forced him to the bench as the season ended for the Washington Huskies. The Olympian featured an article from Christian Caple where he attempts to identify the affliction which halted Markelle Fultz’s season prematurely. Ultimately, he could do no better than “knee soreness”.
Subsequently, the Philadelphia 76ers are hopeful that overly concerned NBA executives will shy away from Fultz. While nothing is certain until the NBA Lottery on May 16, there is no shortage of interest in Fultz in the upcoming NBA Draft.
But strange things happen on Draft night. So it is wise for Markelle Fultz to show up, meet and shake hands with teams who may have the opportunity to select the top pick, and assuage their concerns over his knee.
While other prospects decline, Markelle Fultz may be putting the finishing touches to securing his place as the top selection of the 2017 NBA Draft.