Andre Jackson, Jordan Hawkins and Adama Sanogo have been invited to the 2023 NBA Combine, which will be held May 15-21 in Chicago. The trio will go through interviews with NBA teams, have various measurements taken and participate in drills and scrimmages, all in front of key decision-makers in team front offices.
A total of 78 players were invited to participate in the combine, but projected top pick Victor Wembanyama is not one of them as he finishes up his final overseas professional season in France.
The NBA has announced the official invite list for the 2023 NBA Draft Combine. pic.twitter.com/po4c33ixrJ— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 9, 2023
Hawkins was the first of three to declare for the NBA Draft after a stellar sophomore season where the Maryland native shot 38.8 percent from three this season and averaged 16.2 points per game. Hawkins projects to be the first UConn player taken in this year’s NBA Draft and could cement his status as a lottery pick with a strong performance at the combine.
Jackson was the glue that brought UConn together this season, particularly during the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 6.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game over the year, including an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4. Despite his value to the Huskies, he was not honored on any postseason all-conference or all-tournament teams.
He can also opt out of the NBA Draft process before May 31 to return to UConn for his senior season.
As for Sanogo, he was the preseason Big East player of the year and followed it up with a fabulous campaign. He led the team with 17.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, despite playing just 26.6 minutes per night. This was enough to earn first team All-Big East honors, as well as a spot on the all-conference tournament team, All-West Region team and Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
He improved his passing throughout the year and averaged just over an assist per game, grabbing six in the Elite Eight against Gonzaga.
Aside from the NBA Combine, Tristen Newton was also one of 50 players invited to the G League Combine, which will take place just before the NBA Combine in Chicago on May 13 and 14. Newton, who averaged 10.1 points and 4.7 assists per game this past season, will have the same opportunity to play his way onto an NBA squad like Tyrese Martin did one year prior.