This isn’t surprising since Alkins is considered by some to be a first-round prospect, and roughly 60 players usually get invited to the combine.
Arizona’s @Iam_RawleAlkins has been invited to the NBA Draft Combine.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 28, 2018
Plus, Alkins was invited last year where he received feedback from NBA personnel before deciding to return to Arizona for his sophomore season. (Alkins will be staying in the NBA Draft for good this time around.)
Sports Illustrated recently pegged him as the No. 25 player in the draft.
The 6-foot-5 Brooklyn native averaged 13.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore, though all his shooting percentages dipped from the previous year.
Deandre Ayton will be invited to the NBA Draft Combine too, though he might not attend since it would only do him more harm than good.
It will be interesting to see if Allonzo Trier gets an invite. Sports Illustrated listed him as the No. 89 prospect in the draft, which might not be enough to earn a trip to the combine. However, that’s just one publication’s opinion of him. Several others believe he will be a second-round selection.
The combine runs from May 16-20 in Chicago. The NBA Draft is on June 21 in New York.