News on the NBA Draft has been slow as we have waited for evaluations to come out. The official NBA Draft Combine is this weekend in Chicago and early entrants, like Carsen Edwards and Nojel Eastern, have until 10 days afterward (May 30th) to decide if they will stay in the draft.
Originally Purdue had no invitees to the combine despite four seniors and two early entraints. Today it was announced that two Purdue guys will take part after other players withdrew:
#Purdue’s Isaac Haas and Carsen Edwards have been added to the #NBACombine this week in Chicago. #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/MT4voWFJOa— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) May 16, 2018
This is big news for Haas, as he gets a chance to work out for scouts roughly two months after his elbow injury in the NCAA Tournament. He will also get a chance to speak with teams regarding his... off the court issues (this is all that will be said about it).
For Edwards, it is another chance to show off with the best of the best. It seems unlikely he would be drafted, but if he returns he gives us one of the top players in college basketball with a definite list of things to work on before going to the next level.
In other pro news, Dakota Mathias has a pro workout:
#Purdue’s Dakota Mathias will work out for the #Celtics on May 21.— Andrew Pogar (@AndrewPogar) May 16, 2018
Former Boilermaker assistant Micah Shrewsberry (currently on Brad Stevens’ staff) was in attendance on senior day when Mathias matched his career-high with 25 points and hit seven 3-pointers.
Working out for the Celtics is a nice move. Brad Stevens is a coach that will value everything he brings to the table, and can you imagine him roaming free as a poor man’s Kyle Korver?