Kevin Durant to NBA prospects: 'Don't go' to NBA Combine

Rosalie Stanley
May 18, 2017

Wilson among others Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine. "Definitely going to be working on that, and keep on expanding on that, so when the time is necessary for me to shoot it, I'm going to look good doing it". We were all cheering each other on.

Not often. While Alkins was a consistent and hard-playing freshman for the Wildcats last season, often rising up offensively when the team struggled the most, he fit into a more defined offensive role on a team most often led by Lauri Markkanen or Allonzo Trier.

I guess I've had 10 interviews. "I personally think with Ben [Simmons] healthy that the two of them together would be quite an wonderful combination". They've all been good.

"I'll be out here watching them and supporting them, and so I'm looking forward to it", he said.

For players that are on the fringes of the first round or the Draft itself, every opportunity on the court is an opportunity to get noticed.

"If you think there's anything here that would hurt you, don't come", he said.

"For sure, I think I'd make the most of wherever I am next year", he said. "Just to come out here and experience this whole experience again. So I'd rather be asleep around my son and my family", said Mason, who's projected to go sometime late in the second round by ESPN's Chad Ford.

"You get a sense of their personality and what's important to them, their background and communication skills", Vogel said.

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It didn't take long for Jackson, who averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season for a North Carolina team that won the national championship, to field questions about the Bulls. Six Big 12 players were taken previous year, headlined by Oklahoma star Buddy Hield. Worst case, you get injured, play poorly, or, in Durant's case, test on the lower end. I took that extremely seriously. "Just being more vocal with the guys, just always communicating with them and also leading by example". I've tried to keep that going as time has gone on. He gets mentioned as one of the best athletes in the draft due to his speed, but the point guard's measurables were not on the freakish scale.

Utah's Kyle Kuzma has gained notice lately and has had an impressive showing at the NBA Draft Combine.

"All the strength coaches were laughing at me and (expletive)", Durant said.

Vogel said he's also gotten to know interim Magic general manager Matt Lloyd better.

For Fox, the combine is just part of the process.

John Calipari has Kevin Durant's back. A lot of s-- that don't have to do with the game they try to put in there, but I understand.

Though skipping medical testing, agility drills and scrimmages is ultimately the player's decision, agents of the top picks see no need to attend, and in giving that advice to their clients, they can control the draft, says ESPN's Fran Franscilla. Does all this stuff translate? "Go individually, work with them and if they want to draft you, they'll draft you".

Getting stronger is an everyday battle for me. You'd spend the rest of the day thinking about your own mortality.

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