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Ethan Happ invited to NBA G League Elite Camp, not draft combine

Happ will look to impress scouts during the three-day camp in Chicago.

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The NBA G League revealed its Elite Camp invitees on Monday, and that included former Wisconsin Badgers center—and current Wisconsin Badgers legend—Ethan Happ.

The NBA G League Elite Camp runs for three days this month (May 12-14) in Chicago leading up to the NBA Draft.

Happ will need to stand out amongst a crowded a field of 39 other draft-eligible players in the hopes of getting one of the handful of leftover invites to the NBA Draft Combine, which runs from May 14-19 and also takes place in Chicago.

Happ will see a few familiar faces at the G-League Elite Camp as former Big Ten rivals Amir Coffey (Minnesota), Tyler Cook (Iowa) and James Palmer Jr. (Nebraska) will be in attendance. Kenny Wooten (Oregon) will be there as well, and Happ should try his hardest not to do any drills with him and risk having flashbacks to the NCAA Tournament.

While some may scoff at a former All-America center starting in the G League, it is probably the right way to go for Happ. His inability to score outside of the paint, let alone make a respectable number of threes, was going to leave him undrafted in the NBA regardless of how many college accolades he collected.

If Happ can catch on with a team in the G League, continue to play solid defense, rebound well, and pass better than most his height ALL WHILE IMPROVING HIS J ... well, then we can talk about an NBA team taking a look at him. Until then, though, it’s time for him to get acquainted with the three-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers and, uh, you know ... the other teams in the league.

In other Big Ten-related news at the next level, a few familiar names were invited to the NBA Combine. Ignas Brazdeikis, Charles Matthews and Jordan Poole (Michigan), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), Bruno Fernando (Maryland), Romeo Langford (Indiana) and Isaiah Roby (Nebraska) all have the opportunity to showcase their talents.

I don’t know if any of you remember this name, but a Tyler Herro (Kentucky) will also be participating. ::ducks::