NBA Combine (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

While no Red Raiders were invited to participate in the 2014 NBA Combine this weekend, 12 of their opponents were.

That number would be 14 but Jayhawks Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid decided not to participate, along with Jabari Parker. 

Those three are considered the top prospects in this year's draft, but keep in mind that last year's No. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett, skipped the combine due to a shoulder injury.

In nonconference play, Texas Tech faced Lamar Patterson of Pittsburgh, Johnny O'Bryant III of LSU, Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson of Arizona as well as Jordan Bachynski and Jahii Carson of Arizona State.

Patterson scored 23 points in 25 minutes and five steals against Tech in Barclays center early in the season. 

O'Bryant III scored 14 points off 5-of-9 shooting from the field but committed three turnovers against the Red Raiders in Lubbock. 

Gordon is the only one-and-done player Tech faced. He scored 19 points off 7-of-10 shooting from the field while pulling down eight boards. 

Johnson scored 18 points off 4-of-6 shooting from deep against the Red Raiders. 

Bachynski blocked seven shots and scored 12 points while pulling down eight rebounds against Tech. He led the nation with 133 total blocks on the season. 

Carson scored 16 points while finishing with a 13-2 assist to turnover ratio against the Red Raiders.  

Texas Tech faced the remaining six in conference play: Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson of Baylor, Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane of Iowa State and Markel Brown and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State.

From Baylor, Austin recorded only four points against Tech and nine rebounds. Jefferson finished with a combined 16 points and 10 rebounds.

From Iowa State, Ejim finished with 19 points and nine boards while Kane had 32 points and 15 assists.

From Oklahoma State, Brown had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Smart recorded 38 points and 10 assists.

The 2014 NBA Combine begins on May 15 and lasts through May 16. It will be aired from 9 a.m. to noon on ESPNU. ESPN2 will pick up coverage from noon to 2 p.m.

 

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