The NBA Draft combine begins on Thursday in Chicago, but the top three prospects won’t be in attendance.
Former Kansas stars Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and former Duke forward Jabari Parker are all skipping the two days of testing, measurements and interviews. The NBA released an official list of the 60 players attending on Monday.
Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his back during his freshman season at Kansas, and his health will likely be a major topic heading into the draft in late June. Wiggins and Parker, meanwhile, are projected to be top-three picks and likely saw little value in risking their draft stock in Chicago.
Among other area college players slated to be in Chicago: Former Missouri guards Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson and former Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early.
Wiggins is slated to go No. 1 overall, according to current projections at DraftExpress.com, while Embiid is projected to go No. 3 behind Parker.