There are only a select few players who get invited to participate in the NBA Combine every year, and Tennessee’s point guard is one of them this year.
Junior point guard Jordan Bone announced his decision to test the NBA Draft waters back in early April, and now he’ll be one of the elite group of players who get to participate in the annual NBA Combine. Bone posted on Twitter that he has been invited to participate in the 2019 NBA Combine. The combine begins the same day as the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, which is on May 14th. The combine takes place in Chicago and runs through May 19th.
— Jordan Bone (@JordanBone23) April 27, 2019
There are typically only about 60 or so players invited to participate in the combine every year. Last year, 69 participants were invited to the combine.
Much like with the NFL Combine, players will go through several drills and will be measured and evaluated by scouts. All players at the combine can be tested in the following events or measured with the following criteria:
- Standing reach
- Height without shoes
- Standing vertical leap
- Max vertical leap
- Shuttle run
- Lane agility
- Three quarter sprint
- NBA break left shooting %
- NBA break right shooting %
- NBA corner left shooting %
- NBA corner right shooting %
- NBA top key shooting %
- On the move fifteen shooting %
Bone, like all the participants at the combine, can go through the drills and be evaluated and still withdraw his name from the draft pool. He has until May 29th to remove his name from consideration if he chooses to return to Tennessee for his senior season.
This past season was a record-breaking one for Bone. He finished his junior campaign with the best assist-to-turnover ratio in a single season in school history, posting an impressive 2.91 ratio. Bone finished with the third-most assists in a single season (215) in school history, and he had three point/assist double-doubles on the season.
As a junior, the 6-foot-3 point guard from Nashville averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 46.5 percent overall, 35.5 percent from three, and 83.5 percent from the free throw line.
Bone was pivotal in Tennessee’s offensive success this season, and he was a huge reason that the Vols were able to tie a school record with 31 wins and make it to their first Sweet Sixteen since 2014.
Not all of the combine invites have been handed out yet, so it’s very likely that two other Vols — Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams — could receive invites to the NBA Combine as well.