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Arizona Wildcats freshman Kobi Simmons invited to NBA Combine
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Arizona Wildcats freshman Kobi Simmons invited to NBA Combine

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Arizona Wildcats guard Kobi Simmons (2) dunks the ball as Arizona State Sun Devils guard Kodi Justice (44) watches in the second half during a game at McKale Center on Thursday January 12, 2017. Arizona won 91-75. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Arizona freshman Kobi Simmons has been invited to the NBA Combine, giving the Wildcats at least three representatives in the critical predraft camp.

Since Simmons has signed with an agent and is projected to be a second-round pick, he was expected to be invited. The Combine usually has 70 participants, while there are only 60 spots in the NBA Draft.

Arizona freshman Rawle Alkins, who is testing the draft with an option to return to school, has been invited to the Combine along with UA senior Kadeem Allen. UA freshman Lauri Markkanen is also expected to be invited but as a potential lottery pick is not likely to play.

UA sophomore Chance Comanche has not been invited at this point, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, though sometimes there are late additions.

Simmons played key roles in two of UA's biggest wins last season -- against Michigan State in Hawaii and at UCLA -- but largely fell out of the rotation in the final month of the season. He averaged 8.7 points while starting 19 of 37 games, losing his starting job to Allonzo Trier on Feb. 8.

A former five-star recruit from Atlanta, Simmons is projected as the No. 55 pick in the June NBA Draft according to Draft Express.

In preparation for the draft, Simmons has been working out with trainer Ganon Baker.


Transfers Cam Johnson and Chase Jeter reportedly will visit Arizona together next weekend.


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