NBA Draft Combine 2012: Top Prospects Won't Take Part In Skill Drills, According To Report

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 07: Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators during the game at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal will be among the big-time players not participating in skill drills at the 2012 NBA Combine, according to a report.

The 2012 NBA Draft Combine begins on Thursday in Chicago, and dozens of players will be in attendance, showcasing their games and talents for a slew of NBA general managers and scouts. But more than a few players expected to be taken with the first few picks in the 2012 NBA Draft will not take part in skill drills that involve running and shooting, according to Sam Amick.

Amick reports that, according to sources, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Harrison Barnes and Dion Waiters will not be participating in skill drills. While Davis is the consensus top pick in the Draft and has little to gain from participating in drills, Beal is likely to go in the No. 2 to No. 4 range, and could have shown off his shooting touch that has drawn repeated comparisons to Ray Allen. Drummond, likewise, is regarded as the biggest enigma of the 2012 draft class, and could have dispelled worries about his motor.

But the flip side of that is that a bad day in front of every scout who is anyone in the NBA colors perceptions of a player for the whole league. Instead, as Amick notes, those players are likely to work with teams to schedule private workouts, which are lower-risk affairs that could also help place players with teams that really want them.

For more on the 2012 NBA Draft, check out SB Nation's latest mock draft.

For what it's like behind the scenes at the Draft Lottery, check out this offering from SB Nation on YouTube.

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