The NBA has invited a smaller group of players to attend the draft at Barclays Center than in past years, but the two top prospects are among them, according to The Vertical's Jonathan Givony.
Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram headline the group of 14 players who have been invited by the league to be in the "green room" during the draft. As many as three more players could still receive invitations, according to The Vertical. In past years the group has been larger but the league is having a hard time reading how things will transpire after the first 10 picks or so, according to the report.
The most surprising name included is Washington's Marquese Chriss. The talented combo guard was not supposed to be a one-and-done prospect but decided to declare after just one productive season. He was projected to be a fringe first round pick recently but has been climbing up mock drafts. The fact that he has received an invitation seems to confirm that his stock has risen in past weeks.
Nothing is certain, of course, as in the past players who have been invited to the green have not been selected high in the draft.
Here's the full list of prospects invited so far, courtesy of The Vertical:
Green Room invitees
Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt
Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Jaylen Brown, Cal
Marquese Chriss, Washington
Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
Kris Dunn, Providence
Henry Ellenson, Marquette
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
Ben Simmons, LSU
The draft will take place in the Barclays Center this Thursday, June 23 and will be televised by ESPN.