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NBA Combine Results 2018: Thursday Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2018

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 17:  Collin Sexton speaks with reporters during Day One of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest MultiSport Complex on May 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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While NBA draft season is well underway behind the scenes, this week's NBA draft lottery and the NBA Scouting Combine on Thursday and Friday mark the official start of that process.

Below, we'll take a look at the measurements for some of the biggest names in Chicago and break down the day's top storylines.

Be sure to check out NBA.com for the full list of measurements, strength and agility tests, non-stationary shooting and spot-up shooting results. 

                          

Measurements for Biggest Names

Player: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke

Body Fat: 5.5 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'3"

Weight: 198 pounds

Wingspan: 6'7 ¼"

           

Player: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

Body Fat: 6.2 percent

Height (without shoes)6'11 ¼"

Weight: 225 pounds

Wingspan: 7'10"

             

Player: Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State

Body Fat: 5.9 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'5 ¼"

Weight: 220 pounds

Wingspan: 6'9 ½"

            

Player: Wendell Carter, PF/C, Duke

Body Fat: 7.8 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'8 ¾"

Weight: 251 pounds

Wingspan: 7'4 ½"

            

PlayerDonte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova

Body Fat: 5.0 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'3 ½"

Weight: 200 pounds

Wingspan: 6'6"

               

PlayerShai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Kentucky

Body Fat: 3.0 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'4 ½"

Weight: 180 pounds

Wingspan: 6'11 ½"

            

Player: Jaren Jackson, C, Michigan State

Body Fat: 7.2 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'9 ¾"

Weight: 236 pounds

Wingspan: 7'5 ¼"

            

Player: Kevin Knox, SF/PF, Kentucky

Body Fat: 4.9 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'7 ¾"

Weight: 212 pounds

Wingspan: 6'11 ¾"

            

Player: Michael Porter, SF/PF, Missouri

Body Fat: 6.4 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'9 ½"

Weight: 211 pounds

Wingspan: 7'0 ¼"

          

Player: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Body Fat: 5.6 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'0 ½"

Weight: 183 pounds

Wingspan: 6'7 ¼"

            

Player: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

Body Fat: 5.3 percent

Height (without shoes): 6'0 ½"

Weight: 177 pounds

Wingspan: 6'3"

              

Top Storylines

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

In case you were wondering, yes, Bamba's wingspan is correct. He'll come into the NBA with one of the league's longest wingspans, if not the longest wingspan, at 7'10". It's little wonder Bamba averaged a whopping 3.7 blocks per game in college and will be expected to immediately make an impact as a rim-protector.

Bamba's also working on improving other aspects of his game, namely on the offensive end:

NBA @NBA

.@NBADraft prospect Mo Bamba details his draft process thus far. #NBACombine 📺: ESPN 2 https://t.co/VFq2Cla39l

A few players popped in the testing portion of the combine on Thursday. Duke's Allen, for instance, crushed the lane agility test:

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Grayson Allen's 10.31 lane agility speed is one of the five best marks in our NBA Combine database's history. Seems like he's going to end up testing off the charts here athletically.

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

The misnomer on Grayson Allen is that he's not a superior athlete ... HE IS. His flaws: Lackluster 1st step limiting his creativity off the bounce Inconistent perimeter shooting Immaturity Still, he will have his fair share of suitors because given playmaking/shotmaking ability https://t.co/kpy3tD8m32

He was no slouch in the maximum vertical leap, either, hitting 40.5 inches. 

DiVincenzo helped himself as well in the testing, running the lane agility test in 10.72 seconds and posting a 42-inch vertical leap. If there was any doubt about Allen or DiVincenzo's athleticism, they put those concerns to rest Thursday.

DiVincenzo also scrimmaged well: 

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Great first half from Donte DiVincenzo. Plays such a physical brand of basketball. Making the right plays passing ahead. Hit one deeeep NBA 3. Really playing confidently. I was skeptical about him playing here after his Final Four, but he's no question helping himself here.

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass

DiVincenzo just hinted at wanting to be a first-round pick to keep his name in the draft. Think he’s in real good position. Strong showing today. Have him at 25 in latest mock.

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass

DiVincenzo already with two catch-n-shoot threes, both contested. Didn’t even think, just let them go. Oozes confidence.

A few players lived up to their athletic billing. Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo had a vertical of 40.5 inches and a lane agility of 10.53 seconds. One interesting note, however, was that Diallo's vertical actually got worse from last year's combine:

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass

Unless there’s an error, Hamidou Diallo’s 40.5” max vert is 4 inches worse than last year

It still looked impressive in slow motion, though:

NBA @NBA

.@hamidoudiallo’s vertical at the #NBACombine 👀 📺: ESPN 2 https://t.co/YopCFhmJLt

Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith showed off his leaping ability (41.5-inch vertical) and speed (3.05-second three-quarter sprint). Smith has been climbing up draft boards, and his athleticism should help his cause as a mid-first rounder.

As for other players who helped themselves, Maryland's Kevin Huerter impressed:

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Kevin Huerter also appears to be helping himself so far. Looks automatic from NBA range with his feet set. Passing it well. Putting in a good effort in defensively. He's grown over an inch since last year according to the measurements. Seems to have strong buzz among NBA folks.

Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie turned some head as well:

Mike Schmitz @Mike_Schmitz

Love what Kevin Huerter brings to the table, as we outline in our extensive preview. Positional size, shoots it on the move, impressive feel for the game. He's had some nice moments so far today.

Generally speaking, much of what will matter at the combine will come behind closed doors, as prospects interview with teams and attempt to make positive impressions. And teams will also hold private workouts with prospects they are interested in drafting, where they'll get a much better chance to break down a prospect's strengths and weaknesses in drills and potentially in one-on-one matchups.

Michael Porter Jr. didn't do much at the combine Thursday and remains one of the mysteries of this draft, given the injuries that limited him to barely any playing time in his freshman season. His confidence won't be an issue, however.

"I'm the best player in this draft," he said Thursday, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Meanwhile, there's no doubt a few players probably helped their draft stock on Thursday. One of the interesting storylines going forward will be whether a player like DiVincenzo decides to return to school in the hopes of being a lottery pick next year, or hits the draft. 

As for the prospective lottery picks, its unlikely any dramatically changed the opinions teams hold on them, for better or worse, on Thursday.

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