NBA Combine Recap – Winners and Losers:

Winners:

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  1. Hamidou Diallo: SG – Kentucky

Although Hamidou Diallo didn’t play for Kentucky last season, there’s a chance that he enters this year’s NBA Draft. He had a dominant performance at the combine. His wingspan measured at nearly 7 feet, and he posted a 44.5 inch vertical leap. He’s an intriguing boom-or-bust prospect, but some team will likely take a first round flier on him because of his skill set and combine performance.

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  1. Jordan Bell: PF – Oregon

Jordan Bell continued to raise his draft stock at the combine. His performance in the NCAA tournament improved his draft stock, and his performance in the five-on-five play helped him even more. He also dominated in the drills and measurement parts of the combine. He may have cemented himself as a first round pick.

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  1. Semi Ojeleye: SF/PF – SMU

Semi Ojeleye validated himself as a potential first round pick at the combine. He showed that he’s an elite athlete by dominating in the drills and measurements. Ojeleye was dominant on both ends of the floor in the five-on-five play. He was able to score at will and had six steals in his two games.

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  1. Frank Mason: PG – Kansas

Although Frank Mason was voted the Naismith Player of the Year, he needed a strong combine performance to validate himself as a draftable prospect. He showed that he’s an above average athlete by putting up solid testing numbers. Mason also put up a solid performance in the five-on-five play. He doesn’t have star potential, but he improved his draft stock at the combine.

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  1. Tyler Dorsey: PG/SG – Oregon

Tyler Dorsey continued to raise his draft stock at the combine. He improved his draft stock in the NCAA tournament by helping lead Oregon to a Final Four appearance. He continued helping himself by his performance in the five-on-five play. He’s a bit undersized, but isn’t too small to play in the NBA. He has a great chance of being drafted in the second round.

Losers:

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  1. D.J. Wilson: PF – Michigan

D.J. Wilson suffered a quad injury that limited him at the combine. He wasn’t able to participate in the athletic testing or five-on-five play. Hopefully this injury isn’t severe, but it was devastating to Wilson’s chances of improving his draft stock.

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  1. Moritz Wagner: PF/C – Michigan

Like so many others at the combine, Moritz Wagner had a great opportunity to use the momentum from his excellent NCAA tournament performance to improve his draft stock. Unfortunately for Wagner, he failed to capitalize on this opportunity. He struggled during the athletic testing portions of the combine and was horrible in the five-on-five play. He should return to Michigan next season.

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  1. Justin Patton: C – Creighton

Justin Patton might have been the biggest loser at the combine. He’s part of a large group of athletic bigs that have lottery potential. He underwhelmed during the athletic testing portions of the combine. As a probable lottery pick before the combine, he may fall in the draft to the end of the first round because of his athletic limitations.

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  1. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: SG/SF – Kansas

Svi Mykhailiuk didn’t participate in the second day of the combine due to an ankle injury. But his first day performance wasn’t very impressive. He struggled during the athletic testing portions of the combine and had poor measurements. His ankle may have been an issue on the first day too. Mykhailiuk should return to Kansas next season.

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  1. Melo Trimble: PG – Maryland

Melo Trimble struggled during the combine. His measurements were below average for a point guard. He also struggled in the athletic testing portions of the combine. Trimble has an NBA skill set, but will likely be undrafted or a late second round pick.

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