Ben Simmons is nowhere to be found on NBA Draft combine list

May 6, 2016

He's expected to be a top-five pick, but former LSU star Ben Simmons won't be taking part in the upcoming NBA Draft combine.

Simmons isn't the only big name not making an appearance at the combine. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe and Wichita State's Fred Vanvleet also won't be participating.

This continues a trend of players expected to go high in the June draft opting to skip the combine. Last year, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Oklafor also were no-shows. In 2014, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker also did not take part.

One star who will be at the combine is Oklahoma sharp-shooter Buddy Hield.


Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists during his one season with the Tigers. His versatility and size could entice a team to take him as high as the No. 1 pick.

Here's the complete list of participating players:

Ron Baker, Wichita State

Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt

Cat Barber, NC State

Malik Beasley, Florida State

DeAndre Bembry, St. Joseph's

Ben Bentil, Providence

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Joel Bolomboy, Weber State

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Jaylen Brown, California

Robert Carter, Maryland

Marquese Chriss, Washington

Elgin Cook, Oregon

Isaiah Cousins, Oklahoma

Deyonta Davis, Michigan State

Cheick Diallo, Kansas

Kris Dunn, Providence

Henry Ellenson, Marquette

Perry Ellis, Kansas

AJ English, Iona

Kay Felder, Oakland

Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida

Michael Gbinije, Syracuse

Daniel Hamilton, Connecticut

AJ Hammons, Purdue

Josh Hart, Villanova

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Brandon Ingram, Duke

Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Brice Johnson, North Carolina

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt

Skal Labissiere, Kentucky

Dedric Lawson, Memphis

Jake Layman, Maryland

Marcus Lee, Kentucky

Caris LeVert, Michigan

Thon Maker, Orangeville Prep Athletic Institute

Patrick McCaw, UNLV

Isaiah Miles, St. Joseph's

Jamal Murray, Kentucky

Malik Newman, Mississippi State

Georges Niang, Iowa State

Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville

Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Gary Payton II, Oregon State

Jakob Poeltl, Utah

Taurean Prince, Baylor

Zhou Qi, Xinjiang (China)

Malachi Richardson, Syracuse

Wayne Selden, Kansas

Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State

Diamond Stone, Maryland

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall

Troy Williams, Indiana

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga

Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV