2015 NBA Draft Green-Room Invites: Full List of Players Revealed

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJune 22, 2015

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The 19 players who will sit in the green room during the 2015 NBA draft Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, were revealed Monday.

DraftExpress.com passed along the list of top prospects likely to hear their names called in the first round. The table below shows all those who will be in attendance:

2015 NBA Draft Green-Room Prospects
Karl-Anthony Towns, PF/CKentucky
Jahlil Okafor, CDuke
D'Angelo Russell, PG/SGOhio State
Kristaps Porzingis, PFLatvia
Justise Winslow, SFDuke
Emmanuel Mudiay, PGDemocratic Republic of Congo
Stanley Johnson, SF/SGArizona
Devin Booker, SGKentucky
Willie Cauley-Stein, CKentucky
Frank Kaminsky, C/PFWisconsin
Trey Lyles, PFKentucky
Myles Turner, C/PFTexas
Cameron Payne, PGMurray State
Kelly Oubre Jr., SFKansas
Bobby Portis, PFArkansas
Jerian Grant, PGNotre Dame
Sam Dekker, SFWisconsin
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SFArizona
Kevon Looney, PFUCLA
Source: DraftExpress.com

The release of names also indicated that likely top-10 pick Mario Hezonja will attend if his season with FC Barcelona ends in time. Georgia State product R.J. Hunter, Duke's Tyus Jones and Utah standout Delon Wright were invited, but the three guards passed on the opportunity to sit in the green room.

Headlining the pack are the most buzzed-about big men in Kentucky's Karl Anthony-Towns and Duke national champion center Jahlil Okafor.

The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the No. 1 overall pick, and ZagsBlog.com's Adam Zagoria reported Monday that the Wolves have told Towns he will be their choice. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times believes the Los Angeles Lakers will stay in the frontcourt with the second pick:

Eric Pincus @EricPincus

I've written from the start of this process I expect Lakers to take whichever big the Wolves don't take (Towns/Okafor) - hasn't changed

Emmanuel Mudiay opted not to follow through on his commitment to SMU and instead played professionally in China last year. He figures to be the top competition for Ohio State breakout star D'Angelo Russell as the first guard to come off the board.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com reports Russell would welcome the chance to play for Philadelphia if the 76ers elect to use their No. 3 pick on him:

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Contrary to reports, I'm told D'Angelo Russell would be thrilled to be play for Philadelphia. He says he had a great workout there this week

Duke swingman Justise Winslow figures to be in the top-five conversation, with 7'1" Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis looming as the lottery wild card, per ESPN insider Marc Stein:

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine

Draft scuttle: Hearing Porzingis not only in play for Philly at No. 3 but now giving Lakers something to ponder at No. 2. Stock rising fast

The following testimony, relayed by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, shows the type of upside Porzingis is perceived to have:

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers

Porzingis was VERY impressive in workout. A scout called him the best player in the draft "He's better than Karl Towns," said the scout.

Beyond those aforementioned names, the first-round picture is a bit muddled, with less separation between the remaining prospects. It seems like a long shot that anyone will be left in the green room, but draft night can certainly lend itself to unpredictable twists.

Those who sit near the top of the order have a lot more at stake. The Wolves, Lakers, Sixers and New York Knicks are all in dire need of a spark.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported Monday that the Phoenix Suns have talked with New York about dealing Eric Bledsoe to the Big Apple. Such a swap could shake up the first several picks of the draft.

The lottery was unkind to the Knicks, who were projected to pick second. Team president Phil Jackson and Co. must nail the pick, barring a trade for a proven player who can be a franchise cornerstone.  


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