There is a brand new pre-NBA Draft event on the calendar: the Tampa Bay Pro Combine. It took place this past weekend and it included over 40 players who are looking to continue their basketball careers professionally. The reason we are telling you all this is because there also just so happened to be three former Wisconsin Badgers players competing: Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter and D’Mitrik Trice.
Potter stood out in the four games he played, averaging 17.8 ppg (52%/36%/60%), 8.3 rpg, 1.3 apg and 0.5 bpg. In his final game, he dropped 30 points, according to Jon Chepkevich. Chepkevich also notes that Potter has a workout scheduled with the Golden State Warriors among other teams.
Micah Potter (@BadgerMBB) has been one of the top bigs at the TBPC.— Jon Chepkevich (@JonChep) June 5, 2021
Showcased the ability to both stretch the floor + bang inside.
30 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST on 86.6 TS% in a W to cap an impressive weekend.
Workouts w/ GSW + several other teams on the horizon
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The thing about Potter is, his offensive skillset was never really in question. He brings value to that end of the court. I couldn’t find any reports on how his defense looked, an area that he improved upon at Wisconsin but never excelled at, but his plus/minus over the four games he played was -32, one of the worst in the whole event.
Fellow big man Reuvers didn’t have as impressive a showing on offense, but he was almost the opposite of Potter when it came to plus/minus, sitting at +33 over the four games. He averaged 10.3 ppg (40%/36%/90%), 7.0 rpg, 1.0 spg and 1.3 bpg in the tournament.
Former UW floor general Trice showed up to Tampa with his flame thrower in tow. Over four games, he shot 17-of-31 (55%) from deep which was second best in the tournament but when you take into account the volume he shot, I’d argue he was the best shooter there.
#TampaBayProCombine— SUVtv (@SUVtv) June 7, 2021
D’Mitrik Trice averaged 18ppg & 7apg at the @_TBPC - while shooting 55% from three point land (17-31) @DMitrikTrice0 @BadgerMBB @dmurrayNBA @MattBabcock11 @trice_travis @B5Q @JHillsman #TBPC #SUVtv pic.twitter.com/vrRnoyRXbJ
Trice averaged 17.8 ppg (52%/55%/67%), 2.8 rpg, 6.8 apg (led the tournament) and 1.5 spg. Trice did average 3.0 turnovers per game, which is higher than he normally had at UW, but his improved assist numbers offset that.
We will keep y’all updated as these players continue to chase their professional dreams.