With the Chicago Draft Combine invites all out, Can Ball Ray was a little disappointed that only two Canadians were invited. He breaks down which other Canadians he thought could have been invited to the event here ...
The annual Chicago Draft Combine has put their list of invitees out a few days ago and the only Canadians on the list were Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure and Kris Joseph of Syracuse. These were the two players that most people were likely thinking would be there for sure. Nicholson was the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year and Joseph was a Big East Conference All First Team selection. Both have resumes that would require immediate consideration.
But could there have been any other Canucks invited? In my opinion I think there could have been at least two more players that could have been on the list.
I would have thought that both Devoe Joseph and Rob Sacre would have warranted consideration for the combine after their great seasons at Oregon and Gonzaga respectively.
Sacre, though playing through injuries part of the year, had a great senior season for the Bulldogs by all accounts. He was named to the West Coast Conference All Conference Team and was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Joseph on the other hand was equally as successful this season for the Ducks. In his lone transfer season he averaged a team high 16.7 points, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals while playing in incredible 35.3 minutes a game. He was named to the Pac-12 Conference First Team and was a big reason for the team's great year.
Now when I look down the list of players that are invited to Chicago, I know that they all have a reason to be there. I'm not saying that these players aren't good players at all (well may except Meyers Leonard just because I'm still not sold on him) but I would have liked to have seen Sacre and Joseph at the combine.
Sacre was invited to the New Jersey combine last week and seemed to have impressive measurements. There has been little put out on the game and drill performances so I'm only assuming that he played his usual game. And hopefully it was the better one.
Regardless, it would have been nice to see one or both of these player on the Chicago list. There is stil about two weeks away and there is still time for guys to drop out, which will likely by the case. Last year, Cory Joseph wasn't on the initial invite list but was spotted at the combine working out. That could happen here as well with these two. I'm not sure if Sacre will want to push his way into this one since he was at the Jersey combine already so I would be thinking Devoe for Chicago.
We'll keep an eye out but for now I suppose it's a guessing game with our fingers crossed.