Five Big 12 Players Invited to NBA Draft Scouting Combine
Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji leads five Big 12 players that are invited to the NBA Scouting Combine, which begins May 16.
Agbaji, the Big 12 Player of the Year and the most outstanding player of the NCAA Final Four, is one of two Kansas players selected for the combine. Baylor has the other three selections.
Agbaji’s teammate, Christian Braun, has an invitation. Baylor’s Kendall Brown, Matthew Mayer and Jeremy Sochan are also on the list. The Athletic’s Shams Charania published the list on Twitter.
Agbaji wrapped up his senior year with career highs in scoring (18.6 points) and rebounds (5.1), along with 1.6 assists and nearly one steal per game. He is considered by many to be a potential lottery pick in next month’s NBA Draft.
Braun declared early for the draft. He just wrapped up the best season of his career, averaging 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, all of which were career-highs. Braun has retained his college eligibility and can return to Kansas, but he must make that decision by June 1.
Brown and Sochan both declared early after their freshman seasons at Baylor and will not return. In 34 starts, Brown averaged 9.7 points per game, shot 58.4 percent from the field, and added 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. To some he is considered a mid-first round pick.
Sochan was also an All-Big 12 honorable mention and All-Big 12 Freshman selection after averaging 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on an average of 25 minutes per game last season.
Mayer declared for the draft, retained his final year of college eligibility and entered the transfer portal last month. Mayer spent four seasons at Baylor and won a national title with the Bears in 2021. Last season appeared and started in 33 games and averaged 22.8 minutes per appearance. He averaged 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 assists per game.
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