BREAKING: Jeremy Harris (Buffalo) will participate in the 2019 Professional Basketball Combine. Harris spent two seasons at Gulf Coast State College where he was the second best JUCO player, nationally ranked by JUCORecuiting.com. In his last season at Gulf Coast State College, Harris averaged 18.7 PPG and 5.2 RPG. He earned first-team All-Panhandle Conference honors. Harris then decided to play his junior and senior season at the University of Buffalo. At Buffalo, Harris averaged 14.7 PPG, 6 RPG, and 2.6 APG. As a junior, Harris averaged 15.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 2.1 APG. He was named to the All-MAC Second Team. The Bulls won the MAC tournament and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament in his junior year. As a senior, Harris helped lead the Bulls to one of their best seasons is school history. Harris averaged 14 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 3.0 APG. Harris dropped 31 points in the MAC tournament final, helping the Bulls secure their fourth MAC title in five years. In the NCAA tournament, Buffalo beat Arizona State University only to lose to runner up Texas Tech. Once again, his senior year, Harris was named to the All-MAC Second Team. We are excited to welcome Jeremy Harris to the 2019 PBC and look forward to seeing him compete!
BREAKING: Corey Davis Jr. (Houston) will participate in the 2019 Professional Basketball Combine. Davis played at San Jacinto Junior College in his freshman and sophomore year. In his sophomore campaign, Davis was named an NJCAA All-American First-Team selection after scoring a team high 17.4 points per game with 3.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He then chose to play his junior and senior seasons at Houston. In his 2 seasons with the Cougars, Davis averaged 15.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 2.6 APG. As a junior, he led the team with 103 3-pointers and a 42.9% 3-point field goal percentage. He also led the American Athletic Conference with 2.9 3-pointers per game and finished third in the league and 26th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage. Davis helped take Houston to the American Athletic Conference Tournament final where they lost to Cincinnati. He was named to the AAC All-Tournament Team. As a senior, Davis helped lead the Cougars to the AAC regular season title and the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. He averaged 17.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 2.8 APG for the season. In 3 NCAA Tournament games four Houston, Davis averaged 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 3.3 APG. He was named an American Athletic Conference First-Team All-Conference selection in his senior year. We are excited to welcome Corey Davis Jr. to the 2019 PBC and look forward to seeing him compete!
During the first three months of 2019, the Professional Basketball Combine scouting team has put out scouting features on over 30 professional basketball prospects. The team focused on prospects that fall outside the top 45 of our consensus draft-eligible prospect board, which is a weighted aggregate ranking system with inputs from a variety of reputable NBA draft analysts (ESPN’s Jonathan Givony / Mike Schmitz, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the Stepien’s Jackson Hoy / Mike Gribanov, etc.).
There have been a handful of prospects that, since the release of their respective scouting features, have shot up our ranking system. There are many factors that go into why a prospect may climb up draft boards and players will certainly continue to rise and fall on boards until the day of the draft.
Below, we will highlight six seniors previously featured by the PBC scouting team that have made notable jumps in consensus draft rankings. They all have shown the ability to play at the next level and helped solidify their draft stock among NBA decision-makers. We will touch on the the background of each prospect and provide analysis as to why their stock has risen over the course of the season.
The PBC Prospect Development Program presented by Urner, Lemos, & Paul of Wells Fargo Advisors and PTD Business Management will feature a series of engaging workshops to provide each player with valuable knowledge and information to assist them as they begin their professional career.
This year’s program will have an assortment of topics including financial literacy, social media and personal branding, media training and what it takes to be a successful pro. Each player will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with industry experts to better set themselves up for a successful career.
Some of the experts participating will feature Mike Urner from Urner, Lemos, & Paul of Wells Fargo Advisors, Jason Brown of PTD Business Management, Eric Evenson of BrandForward and Carlon Brown of Point Advising.
Combine Director Jake Kelfer said, “We designed this program because we wanted to provide players with the know how to live a successful life on and off the court.”
The 2019 Professional Basketball Combine (PBC) will be held at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA on May 21-22. The PBC is a secondary NBA draft combine designed to give players an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of team decision makers and NBA executives through on court workouts, combine testing, PBC Prospect Development Program, and team interviews.
For more information and updates about the PBC, please visit www.professionalbasketballcombine.com and follow @probballcombine on social.
Jake Kelfer: Combine Director
We sat down with Nick Scianna, incoming Financial Analyst at Lockheed Martin to discuss all things life and PBC. Nick has been the Combine Testing Coordinator at the PBC for the past two years. He is a fourth year Business Administration-Information Systems Major at the University of Florida.
See what he had to say.
Kenny Williams is a 6’4” wing for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Williams has been the Tar Heels' unsung hero throughout his career in Chapel Hill. Despite being overshadowed by the wave of blue chip recruits and surefire NBA prospects that he’s shared the floor with for the past four years, Williams is an intriguing prospect in his own right. As a lockdown wing defender with shooting potential, Williams fits the mold of a highly coveted NBA archetype and will warrant serious looks this summer.
In the well-spaced modern NBA, the lane is less congested and there’s more space to fly in and fight for offensive rebounds. Keeping possessions alive on the offensive glass is a valuable, but often overlooked skill. Though length and athleticism certainly help one’s chances of bringing down an offensive board, much of the art of offensive rebounding is tied to technique and effort.
In our seventh Film Room Friday installment, the PBC scouting team has performed a deep-dive into prospects with potential to translate as tenacious offensive rebounders and putback threats.
Yoeli Childs is a 6’8” forward for the Brigham Young Cougars who recently declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. The back-to-back First Team All-WCC selection was the conference’s leading scorer and rebounder this season. Childs tested the 2018 NBA Draft waters and earned the opportunity to work out with the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Brooklyn Nets. After being advised to work on his shot and ability to space the floor, Childs has answered the call by more than doubling his three-point volume while increasing his 3P% and FT%. The strong-framed forward with a 7’0” wingspan is a highly efficient double-double machine and will likely get a legitimate opportunity at the NBA if he continues to improve his ball skills.
Throughout March 2019, the Professional Basketball Combine scouting team released 10 prospect features for NCAA players that project to make an impact as professional basketball players. The team focused on prospects that fall outside the top 45 of our consensus draft-eligible prospect board, which is a weighted aggregate ranking system with inputs from a variety of reputable NBA draft analysts (ESPN’s Jonathan Givony / Mike Schmitz, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the Stepien’s Jackson Hoy / Mike Gribanov, etc.).
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