Jonathan GivonyESPN3 minutes of reading
Nineteen players have received invitations to attend the 2023 NBA Draft and sit in the green room, sources told ESPN.
Victor Vembaniama, Brandon Miller, Scoot Henderson, Amen Thompson, Auser Thompson, Cameron Whitmore, Jarres Walker, Anthony Black, Taylor Hendricks and Grady Dick earned 10 invitations last weekend, followed by Bilal Coulibaly, Keason Wallace, Enrique Smith II, Kobi Puffkin, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Jed Howard, Jordan Hawkins and Keiont George on Tuesday.
All 19 players invited are among the top 19 prospects in the ESPN Top 100 rankings.
Four or five more players are expected to receive call-ups in the coming days, sources told ESPN.
The Green Room is an arena in front of the NBA Draft stage where players, families and agents wait for commissioner Adam Silver to call a player’s name once a selection is made.
This year, players will be allowed to invite up to ten people to sit with them at their individual tables, up from the last five years.
The process of deciding who to call for the NBA Draft involves communicating with teams’ presidents or general managers who select throughout the first round. Teams are asked to vote for the top 25 players they expect to hear their names called first. This is to ensure that players don’t sit too long in front of a national television audience as the second round approaches.
Earning an invite is considered a positive sign for a player’s draft stock, although there have been instances of prospects falling to the second round while sitting in the green room — Bol Bol, Deonta Davis, Nick Claxton, Maciej Lambe. , Rashard Lewis et al.
Jaden Hardy finished 37th last year as one of 25 players invited to the green room.