The NBA Draft combine begins in less than a week, running from May 11th through the 15th in Chicago. Prominent scouts from across the NBA will be in attendance to see all of the top talent in the country demonstrating their abilities with the draft coming a little more than a month after.

Well, almost all of the top talent. There will be one very large absence.

While fellow estimated top-5 picks like Duke’s Brandon Ingram, California’s Jaylen Brown, and Providence’s Kris Dunn will be in attendance, LSU’s Ben Simmons has declined his invitation.

Ben Simmons

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This is not unprecedented by any means. Last year, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor skipped out on the combine. Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker did the same the year before.

DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony notes that players who don’t attend were likely advised by their agents not to go because of the extensive medical screening that takes place there.

For awhile, Simmons was considered to be the consensus number one pick. Now, Ingram has made up considerable ground, according to scouts. Who is chosen first overall will hinge on the preferences of the team that ends up with that selection.

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