Coming off incredible senior seasons where they led the Sooners to the Final Four, both Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins have been selected to attend the 2016 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on May 15.
It’s no surprise Hield was invited, seeing he won the Wooden award and is projected to be a lottery pick when the draft rolls around on June 23, but Cousins got the invite after impressing scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Hield averaged 25 points per game last season while shooting 45.7 percent from behind the arc and grabbing nearly six rebounds per game. Cousins was no slouch either, averaging 12.6 points and dishing 4.5 assists.
Former Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins told ESPN he was invited to the NBA combine. Played well at Portsmouth camp earlier this month.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 30, 2016
This will be a crucial opportunity for both players, and it’s likely that they will both have an experience advantage at the combine. Normally in these types of pre-draft environments, the guys who spent four seasons in college tend to expose the younger guys who had less time to grow and develop.