Lagerald Vick, an alternate for NBA combine, lands spot at camp for draft prospects

KU's Lagerald Vick, left, finished with 13 points in the Jayhawks' win over Clemson in March in the NCAA Tournament in Omaha, Neb. | Allison Long | along@kcstar.com

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Former Kansas basketball shooting guard Lagerald Vick has accepted an invitation to compete at the Professional Basketball Combine presented by HFactor, set for May 22-23 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Vick’s mom confirmed on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5 Vick — he’s an alternate for the NBA combine (May 16-20 in Chicago) — is one of nine players to so far to indicate they’ll be attending the two-day combine at IMG. It will include scrimmages as well as testing and interviews with NBA officials, representatives of the NBA G-League and reps from overseas teams.

The other players headed to the combine at this time: high schooler LiAngelo Ball, plus Darius Thompson, Western Kentucky; Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga; Brandon Sampson, LSU; Kaiser Gates, Xavier; Rodney Bullock, Providence; Nate Mason, Minnesota and Junior Robinson, Mount St. Mary’s.

Last year’s PBC included four players who wound up with NBA two-way contracts with the G-League: Antonio Blakeney, Chicago Bulls; Charles Cooke, New Orleans Pelicans; Gian Clavell, Dallas Mavericks and Mangok Mathiang, Charlotte Hornets. In all, 11 participants signed with G-League squads and eight headed overseas.

Memphis native Vick averaged 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds a game his junior season at KU. He had a career-high 28 points versus Washington and totaled 25 against Arizona State. He made three or more three-pointers in a game nine times, including five threes in a win at Texas.

Tre Mann offered by KU, others

Tre Mann, a 6-foot-4 junior point guard from The Villages (Fla.) High School, has received scholarship offers from KU, Indiana, Louisville, USC, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona State, Georgia, TCU and UNLV this spring, Rivals.com and endlessmotor.net reported Tuesday.

Mann — he is ranked No 37 in the Class of 2019 by Rivals.com — did not commit to Florida after last weekend’s campus visit.

“The Gators were the first high-major program to offer Mann, and his proximity to Gainesville also helps (UF coach) Mike White’s cause,” wrote Nick Lucero of Rivals.com. “Tennessee cannot be discounted, though, as Rick Barnes’ history with cultivating lead-guard talent and the Vols' culture has caught Mann’s eye, too.

“Could a commitment be around the corner? There is a 50-50 chance of that happening in the next week or two. If it doesn't, look for Mann to take his recruitment into the summer,” Lucero added.

Mann has averaged 17.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in eight Nike EYBL games this spring.

“I’m versatile and I have good size for a point guard at 6-4, 175 pounds,” Mann told endlessmotor.net. “I can do everything a point guard is suppose to do — score, lead, defend and pass. My biggest strengths are my ability to stretch the floor by shooting deep threes and my size.

“I do feel underrated. But last year I wasn’t ranked at all and I used that as motivation and worked to show I was a top 60 player in the country. So now when I see a top player this year, that’s another opportunity to prove something again. Really just being the competitor I am, I don’t think anyone is better than me. So when we match up I’m trying to prove that,” he added.


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