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Here's Grant Nelson's team for the NBA Draft Combine scrimmages

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North Dakota State's Grant Nelson flips a basketball toward the hoop Monday, May 15, at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
Mike McFeely / The Forum

CHICAGO — The most important two days in North Dakota State forward Grant Nelson's quest to be drafted by an NBA team begins Wednesday at Wintrust Arena, site of the NBA Draft Combine.

Nelson will play the first of two full-court scrimmages beginning at about 3:15 p.m. The second scrimmage will be Thursday.

They will be televised by ESPN2.

The Combine consists of about 80 players invited by the NBA to work out and play before team executives and coaches in preparation for the June 22 draft.

How Nelson performs against other top prospects in game settings will be critical in how NBA teams evaluate his talent. All 30 teams have personnel at the Combine, watching games and interviewing potential prospects to help them make decisions.


Nelson told The Forum on Tuesday that he has meetings with nine NBA teams scheduled during the Combine.

"I mean, it's crazy," Nelson said. "It's something I've been working for my whole life, but it's definitely rewarding and we'll keep pursuing it."

Nelson still has two years of college eligibility remaining, so he could return to college if his draft prospects aren't to his liking. He has until May 31 to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to college.

Nelson has also entered the NCAA transfer portal, so he could go to any school or return to NDSU.

The Devils Lake (N.D.) High School product has been working out in Santa Barbara, Calif., with other players represented by his agency, WME Sports. They include Jalen Wilson of Kansas, Anthony Black of Arkansas, Isaiah Wong of Miami, Jarace Walker of Houston, Gradey Dick of Kansas, Leonard Miller of G League Ignite and Cam Whitmore of Villanova.

Whitmore, Black, Dick and Walker are project by some mock drafts to be in the top 10 picks at the June 22 draft in Brooklyn.

"My years in college kind of got me used to it playing against some of these good players," Nelson said. "But I mean, just even talking to people from back home, they're always saying how crazy it is and just like how great it is for the city."

Nelson will play for Team Richman, which will square off against Team Hines from 3:15-5 p.m.


Here are the players on Nelson's team:

• Judah Mintz, 6-3, G, Syracuse

• Brandin Podziemski, 6-5, G, Santa Clara

• Emoni Bates, 6-9, F, Eastern Michigan

• Arthur Kaluma, 6-7, F, Creighton

• Ryan Kalkbrenner, 7-1, C, Creighton

• Adam Flagler, 6-3, G, Baylor

• Jalen Wilson, 6-8, F, Kansas


• Grant Nelson, 6-11, F, North Dakota State

• DaRon Holmes II, 6-10, F, Dayton

• Mojave King, 6-5, G, G League Ignite

• Sir’Jabari Rice, 6-4, G, Texas

• Tosan Evbuomwan, 6-8, F, Princeton

Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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