Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State's Landry Shamet receives invite to NBA Draft Combine

Wichita State's Landry Shamet has been invited to the NBA Draft Combine, which will be held May 16-20 in Chicago.
Wichita State's Landry Shamet has been invited to the NBA Draft Combine, which will be held May 16-20 in Chicago. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State's Landry Shamet has received a full invitation to attend the NBA Draft Combine, he confirmed to the Eagle on Monday.

The combine invitation shows the NBA has significant interest in Shamet, as the invitations are selected based on feedback from NBA teams. The combine, which will be held in Chicago from May 16-20, will feature five-on-five games, as well as strength and agility drills, interviews, and medical testing.

Shamet, a 21-year-old from Kansas City, averaged a team-best 14.9 points and 5.2 assists, while making 44 percent of his three-pointers during his sophomore season at Wichita State. He is currently projected as a late first-rounder or early second-rounder in NBA mock drafts, but can improve his stock with a good showing in Chicago.

The NBA sends around 60 combine invites each year, and around 70 percent of those players end up getting drafted. There are a few mock drafts that have Shamet pegged as a late first-rounder, but the majority have him currently as a second-round pick.

"In my mind, I'm going into this thinking I'm the best shooter in the draft, and that's what I'm going to sell myself as to teams," Shamet said. "I feel like I can play (point guard) or (shooting guard), whatever the team needs me to do. Now I just have to round out my game."

The numbers do back Shamet as one of the draft's strongest shooters. He made 44.2 percent of his threes, shooting nearly six per game this season. According to data from Synergy, Shamet made 54 percent of his spot-up looks from three and 51.9 percent of his catch-and-shoot opportunities from three.

After signing with Happy Walters and George Langberg of Catalyst Sports, Shamet has set up his predraft training camp in the Los Angeles area. He is training at Sports Academy HQ, a 96,000-square-foot facility in Thousand Oaks, Calif., alongside other Catalyst clients.

"You see a lot of NBA teams go smaller down the stretch, and that's where I think I can help out with my versatility," Shamet said. "If a team already has a one that's solidified as the one, then I can be their guy off the ball and it's like you have two point guards on the floor. I feel like I'm a high-IQ guy, and with all of the complexities of running the offense under coach (Gregg) Marshall, I feel like I'm prepared to showcase that."

It is unclear as of Monday if Markis McDuffie, who declared for the draft but did not sign an agent, received a combine invitation. He did not receive one last year when he also declared without an agent.

  Comments