Diabaté, Timme headline Andy Katz's NBA Combine Tiers

Diabaté, Timme headline Andy Katz’s NBA Combine Tiers

By Andy Katz
FOX Sports College Basketball Analyst

the NBA The G-League draft and elite camp will take place next week in Chicago.

Getting an invite should be an indicator that you have a chance of being selected in the draft, but it’s not a lock. A number of players have left the door open when they return to college. They have until June 1 to make their final decision.

For this week’s levels, I’m going to take a look at three groups of players who have been invited to the combine – those who are ready to go, those who might present a case to write, and players who, in my opinion, should return to school in 2022-23.

Moussa Diabaté, Dalen Terry and more – who should stay and who should go to the NBA draft

Moussa Diabaté, Dalen Terry and more - who should stay and who should go to the NBA draft

Andy Katz gives his NBA Combine levels, along with Michigan Wolverines star Moussa Diabaté and Arizona Wildcats star Dalen Terry.

Level 1: Ready to go

Moussa Diabate, Michigan: Diabaté is the type of athlete the NBA likes to develop. It is long, can protect the rim, runs the ground well, and is a sponge. He could easily climb on the first lap and be a training marvel.

Dale Terry, Arizona: Terry scored 17 in the loss to Houston in the Sweet 16. Terry could have been more consistent last season. But he’ll likely turn some NBA teams in his favor in practice.

Josh Minott, Memphis: Minott doesn’t have the numbers, but he has the shot blocking, rim protection and general athleticism to appeal to NBA contenders. He’s going to have plenty of practice wins to be a first-round pick.

Jalen Williams, Saint Clare: Williams was an 18-point scorer and 51% shooter on a strong Broncos team that was a pest in the WCC. He’s going to be one of those players whose stock keeps going up during the draft process.

Orlando Robinson, Fresno State: The 7-footer averaged nearly 20 points and eight boards per game. He’s the big guy who will find his way into the first round the harder he works for teams. He will be a name that will be played more as we get closer to the draft.

Level 2: Could make a case

Trevor Bowling, duke: Keels is going to be an intriguing case. He has the body and the shot to be a possible first-round pick. But if he returns, he could join the No. 1 recruiting class and be that experienced guard to help lead the Blue Devils to an eventual Final Four. It’s not a slam dunk, it stays in the draft.

justin lewis, Marquette: Lewis died in the NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina with just six points, but he had some good times, like posting 28 in a critical win over St. John’s. Lewis has the size and scoring ability to be considered.

Drew Timme, Gonzaga: Timme doesn’t need to prove anything else in college basketball. Could he sway a team to take him to the second round? Sure, but that’s not a sure thing. He could come back to Gonzaga, be a candidate for National Player of the Year and win big with NIL.

Max Christi, state of michigan: Christie is not going to listen to me, but he has to come back and prove he can be a regular shooter. He could leave because that was probably the plan when he arrived in Michigan. But he hasn’t been able to come out on a regular basis for the Spartans. He could be a training wonder but needs more game action to be a sure thing.

Jaylin Williams, Arkansas: Williams had a double-double in a win over Gonzaga and a loss to Duke. He showed his versatility in the NCAA Tournament. It might be the type of tween that gets a solid buzz. If he returns, he will be competing for SEC Player of the Year.

Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers: Harper Jr., played four seasons at Rutgers and gave his all to the Scarlet Knights. He proved he could hit big shots and overcame some of his athletic shortcomings. If he returns, he will be a candidate for the Big Ten Player of the Year.

Level 3: Need to come back

Trayce Jackson Davis, Indiana: TJD is a college star. He scored 29 in the win over Wyoming after 31 in a Big Ten Tournament loss to Iowa. But, TJD could be the Big Ten Player of the Year, a National Player of the Year contender, and prove he should be a first-round lock in 2023. He’s not now.

David Roddy, state of colorado: Roddy has the numbers to leave. He was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. But he’s not a lock for the first round. If he were to return to Fort Collins, he would have a chance to bring the Rams back to the tournament, be player of the year again and ensure he can be a first-round pick.

Julien Strawther, Gonzaga: Strawther isn’t ready to be a first-round pick — or maybe even a second-round pick. If he returns to lead the Zags, he could improve his stock significantly.

Matthew Mayer, Baylor: Mayer has never been a late-season double-digit scorer. He still has a season to use in college. He should take the year and try to rise again.

Harrison Ingram, Stanford: Ingram failed to impress in his only season at Stanford. He will have training sessions and has the potential to show well. But he has to be an outstanding artist and give him one more chance to be a go-to guy.

Andy Katz is a longtime college basketball writer, analyst, and broadcaster. He can be seen on the FOX Sports and Big Ten Network platforms, as well as March Madness and NCAA.com, and he hosts the “March Madness 365” podcast. Katz worked at ESPN for nearly two decades and, before that, at newspapers for nine years.


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