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Late addition of McConnell makes it four Arizona Wildcats at NBA Scouting Combine



T.J. McConnell will try to impress NBA scouts this week in Chicago (ESPN screen shot)

T.J. McConnell will try to impress NBA scouts this week in Chicago (ESPN screen shot)

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Former Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell will get his chance at the NBA Scouting Combine this week in Chicago after all.

According to Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress, McConnell is a late addition to the list.

He joins former Arizona players Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brandon Ashley and Stanley Johnson at the combine.

The five-day combine starts today. The combine will be televised Thursday and Friday on ESPN. This year’s combine will include five-on-five scrimmaging.

The combine gives NBA executives, coaches and scouts a chance to interview draft prospects and put them through medical testing away from the gym and see them go through drills, athletic testing and measurements as a group.

McConnell, who emerged as a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate, had some fun with the announcement of his inclusion with the Zona Zoo official Twitter handle:


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The full list of invitees to the NBA Draft Scouting Combine, which begins today and runs through Sunday in Chicago:


Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

Quinn Cook, Duke

Jerian Grant, Notre Dame

Olivier Hanlan, Boston College

Andrew Harrison, Kentucky

Tyus Jones, Duke

T.J. McConnell, Arizona

George de Paula, Pinheiros (Brazil)

Cameron Payne, Murray State

Chasson Randle, Stanford

Terry Rozier, Louisville

Keifer Sykes, Wisconsin Green Bay

Delon Wright, Utah


Justin Anderson, Virginia

Devin Booker, Kentucky

Anthony Brown, Stanford

Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Michael Frazier II, Florida

Treveon Graham, VCU

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington

Corey Hawkins, UC-Davis

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona

R.J. Hunter, Georgia State

Vince Hunter, UTEP

Stanley Johnson, Arizona

Kelly Oubre, Kansas

Terran Petteway, Nebraska

Norman Powell, UCLA

Michael Qualls, Arkansas

D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary

J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina

Rashad Vaughn, UNLV

Dez Wells, Maryland

Justise Winslow, Duke

Joseph Young, Oregon


Cliff Alexander, Kansas

Brandon Ashley, Arizona

Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse

Branden Dawson, Michigan State

Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

Jonathan Holmes, Texas

Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green

Kevon Looney, UCLA

Trey Lyles, Kentucky

Jarell Martin, LSU

Chris McCullough, Syracuse

Jordan Mickey, LSU

Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming

Bobby Portis, Arkansas

TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma

Chris Walker, Florida

Aaron White, Iowa

Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara

Christian Wood, UNLV


Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

Mouhammadou Jaiteh Nanterre, France

Dakari Johnson, Kentucky

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Myles Turner, Texas

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