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NBA Draft: The Duck Rising

Oregon’s four stars saw their NBA stock elevate last week

2017 NBA Draft Combine - Day Two Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Jordan Bell, Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey were invited to the 2017 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week. The NBA extended an invitation to Chris Boucher, as well. Dylan Ennis was not invited to the professional showcase.

Most scouts left the Quest Center in Chicago on Friday impressed by Oregon’s big four. Each Duck elevated their stock at the combine on Thursday and Friday.

Weeks ago, Boucher was in surgery to repair a torn ACL from the Pac-12 Tournament. After an intense rehab over the last month, Boucher earned himself an invite to the NBA showcase. However, CB was limited to just measurements and interviews.

Nevertheless, the Montreal product impressed without stepping foot on the court. CB was measured at 6-foot-9.5 with shoes on. In fact, Boucher has an incredible wingspan of 7-foot-4. Not to mention, his hands measured at 10.5 inches which was good enough for the second-largest in the class.

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Chris Boucher may not have been on the floor for every activity, but he made his presence known as usual. The Montreal native had his wingspan measured at an incredible 7-foot-4. Additionally, CB left the combine with the second-biggest hands (10.5) in the 2017 draft class. He will continue to grow and develop, as his dreams become a reality.
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Bell continued to be a monster. I’m not sure the NBA executives got the memo on him. Did they watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament?

The Long Beach product blew away scouts, talent evaluators and executives alike. He was active in the games, productive when on the floor and outplayed most in the post.

Jordan Bell recorded a 2.56 shuttle run. It was good enough for the fastest recorded time in NBA Combine history. Pretty incredible for a big man.

JB added a 38-inch vertical and exhibited a 7-foot wingspan.

Brooks was typically overlooked by most heading into the scouting combine. Yet, that did not slow down the Canadian superstar. In fact, Brooks led the way on the first day of the combine during Game 1 of the festivities.

Illustrating his all-around game, Brooks scored 17 points, alongside nine boards and five dimes. He looked like the same star most Duck fans have watched the last three years. After his performance, he was invited to workout for the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers.

Mr. March continued his torrid stretch from March Madness. Dorsey led the way with a game-high 18 points in Game 2 from the combine. The 6-foot-4.5 guard drilled 5-of-9 shots from the field, including 2-of-4 from downtown. He added a noteworthy 11 rebounds and three assists.

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Tyler Dorsey continues to impress everyone he is around. After an incredible showing at the NBA Combine, the California kid has been invited to workout with various NBA teams. Most recently, Dorsey worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin.
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After his masterful display, Dorsey was invited to workout for the Milwaukee Bucks. TD would gladly accept an opportunity to play with his Greek International teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Overall, no group of players from one school had their stock rise more over the last week than Oregon’s four. Even after a remarkable Final Four run, many still didn't believe. There is no denying the effort and numbers this group is producing. Interest from NBA teams is growing by the hour.

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