Five Kansas basketball players — Udoka Azubuike, Devonté Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Malik Newman and Billy Preston — have been invited to the NBA Combine, set for May 16-20 in Chicago, KU announced on its basketball Twitter account on Saturday night.
A sixth Jayhawk, Lagerald Vick, is listed as an alternate.
Azubuike, a sophomore, is the only one of the six players with a chance to return to KU for the 2018-19 season. He has not signed with an agent, thus has until May 30 to withdraw his name from the draft if he wishes to return to college.
Graham and Mykhailiuk are seniors who recently signed with agents. Newman is a sophomore who has also signed with an agent. Vick has yet to sign with an agent but has said he definitely will not be returning to school. Preston turned pro during the past season and played in a couple of games overseas.
The NBA announced last week that 236 players — 181 from colleges and 55 international players — filed as early entry candidates for the 2018 Draft. According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony that is up from last year, when 182 players (137 college, 45 international) filed as early entry candidates.