Colorado Buffaloes forward George King was one of 69 college players invited to next week’s NBA’s Draft Combine held at Quest Multisport in Chicago, Illinois. The list was shortened by eight from last year’s total of 77, carrying a better field of competition for five-on-five games along with strength and agility drills compared to the previous class.
King is slated as the fourth Buffaloes player since 2013 to be invited to the Combine, an event steadily growing in popularity over the past five years. The other three were Derrick White (2017), Spencer Dinwiddie (2014), and Andre Roberson (2013). The 6’6”, 225-pounder averaged 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds over the past three seasons in Boulder. He finished as the 34th player in CU History to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and left with a career three-point shooting percentage of 40.1, the second best in program history behind Mack Tuck (1993-96).
In last year’s combine, White excelled and boosted his draft stock into the first round. King is hoping that he can impress in scrimmages and athletic tests to bump his stock as well. He has hopes that he will be selected in the second round. With his shooting ability, athleticism and defensive versatility, he is well worth a chance.
Unlike last year when many top prospects sat out, King will be competing with the best players in his class. Of note, Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson, Michael Porter, Mohamed Bamba, Mikal Bridges, Wendell Carter and Trae Young will all be there. With the exception of Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic, both professional players, the combine will feature almost all consensus lottery picks. It means a lot that King was invited considering the class of players in attendance.
The NBA Draft Combine goes from Wednesday, May 17 to Sunday, May 20 with ESPN providing coverage on both Thursday and Friday from 1-5 p.m. MT.