For the second year in a row, the NBA is coming to Bloomington in October.
The IU basketball program is hosting representatives from all 30 NBA teams at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall today for the program’s NBA Pro Day.
The event gives the IU basketball players an opportunity to workout in front of decision makers and people of influence from around the league.
Coach Mike Woodson started what appears to be a new tradition last year.
Excited for our players to compete in front of 30 NBA teams today at our annual NBA Pro Day! pic.twitter.com/F4CwJ5qm7c
— Coach Clif Marshall (@ClifMarshall) October 6, 2023
“I think when you’ve got high expectations and you’ve got a few players that might have a crack at playing at the next level, it’s okay to invite the NBA world into your life. I’m not afraid of that. I don’t think it put any added pressure on our players,” Woodson said last fall about the event.
“I’ve got a lot of friends at the big level. It will be nice to have them come in and watch what we do.”
Some of the early buzz surrounding Jalen Hood-Schifino and his readiness for the NBA started at last year’s IU Pro Day event.
Indiana sophomore center Kel’el Ware and freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako have both appeared on various mock 2024 NBA Drafts over the last year. The pair will no doubt have plenty of NBA eyes on them today.
Hood-Schifino and Trayce Jackson-Davis were both drafted in June following Woodson’s second season at IU. Both players have drawn praise from their respective coaches this fall for their skill and professionalism. They were the first two former IU players drafted since 2019.
The 2023 IU Pro Day event starts at 3:30 p.m. ET at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
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