Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee — the two UK basketball players with uncertain NBA Draft statuses — are on the list of alternates for invitations to next month’s NBA combine, a source told the Herald-Leader on Saturday.
Briscoe and Lee have entered their names in the June draft but will not hire an agent and have until May 25 to withdraw from the draft, retain their eligibility and return to UK for next season.
Neither player is currently projected as a draft pick by ESPN or DraftExpress.com. Briscoe is No. 71 overall on ESPN’s list and No. 82 according to DraftExpress. Lee is not included among the top 100 prospects on either list. There are a total of 60 picks in the draft.
Both players will need to boost their stock over the next few weeks, and the NBA combine would be a prime spot to do that. As alternates, Briscoe and Lee must now hope that other players that were invited to the combine drop out, which would give them a chance to step in and participate. The combine will be held May 11-15 in Chicago.
Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere both received invites to the NBA combine, and senior Alex Poythress is on the alternate list, according to a source. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Tyler Ulis also received a full invite to the combine. Murray, Labissiere and Ulis have all declared for the draft and announced their intention to hire an agent.
Murray is projected as a top-5 pick, and Labissiere and Ulis are viewed as possible lottery picks. Poythress is No. 77 overall on ESPN’s list of draft prospects. DraftExpress.com has Poythress at No. 91.