Bennedict Mathurin, Johnny Juzang among Pac-12 players invited to NBA Combine
The next wave of NBA hopefuls descend on Chicago for the 2022 NBA Draft Combine on may 18-20.
The Pac-12 will be well-represented at the event. The list of Pac-12 alums includes Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, Christian Koloko, and Dalen Terry; UCLA’s Johnny Juzang and Peyton Watson; Stanford’s Harrison Ingram; and Colorado’s Jabari Walker. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony shared the full list.
NBA teams received the list of 76 players confirmed to attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago next week. For the first time ever, the NBA will have all of the top prospects in the draft in one location, including internationals. pic.twitter.com/4TwyY0S35O
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 11, 2022
UCLA guard Jules Bernard was invited to the NBA G League Elite Camp. The top prospects at that showcase can be late additions to the roster for the NBA Combine, so Bernard could make it three UCLA representatives in Chicago.
Mathurin won the Pac-12’s Player of the Year award while leading the Wildcats to a regular-season and league tournament title. Koloko was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Terry was a nightly triple-double threat for the Wildcats.
Juzang averaged just under 16 points a game for UCLA over his two-year Bruin career, spearheading a thrilling run from the First Four to the Final Four at the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Watson was a 5-star signee for the Bruins last year and opted to jump to the league after one season spent as a reserve.
Ingram is also looking to make it to the NBA after just a season in college. He was also a 5-star signee last year.
Walker was excellent for a strong Buffs squad, averaging roughly 15 points and nine rebounds a game while leading the league in double-doubles.
While at the Combine, draft hopefuls will conduct interviews, participate in five-on-five scrimmages, and go through shooting, strength and agility drills. Coverage of the Combine begins Thursday, May 19 on ESPNews at noon PT and transitions to ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. PT. The coverage continues on Friday, May 20 from 10-11 a.m. PT on ESPN2 and 11-2 p.m. PT on ESPNews.
The 2022 NBA Draft begins on June 23.