Yoeli Childs received some good news for his NBA Draft hopes. After making the initial list of 105 NBA Draft combine potential participants, Yoeli made the final roster cut of participants, which is believed to be 70. Bryan Kalbrosky of Hoops Hype first reported the news, and a source confirmed with Vanquish The Foe.
BYU's Yoeli Childs has officially received an invitation to the 2020 NBA Draft Combine, per source. Childs became the first player in BYU history to score 2,000 points and record 1,000 rebounds.— Bryan Kalbrosky (@BryanKalbrosky) July 26, 2020
My full interview with @yochilds22 on @hoopshype: https://t.co/tCwmb8tIpj #NBA
No date or guarantee of a combine actually happening was communicated to the players. The NBA lottery is scheduled for August 20, so it likely would occur sometime after that.
A source tells ESPN that the NBA has sent emails informing select players they've been selected to attend the NBA Combine, with a disclaimer that no decisions have been made about a date, format, location, or even if a Combine will actually occur.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 26, 2020
Yoeli’s combine invitation significantly helps his chances of getting drafted. Although he isn’t guaranteed of getting picked, it is very rare that a player not invited to the combine gets drafted. One source told Vanquish The Foe that teams have told Yoeli he could get picked in the 40-50 range.
The combine actually happening would obviously help Yoeli, but being invited is at minimum a boost to his draft stock. Yoeli getting drafted would also help BYU’s coaching staff, as they would be able to show recruits their player development skills. Yoeli had virtually no shot to get drafted after his sophomore or junior year, but has a real shot at getting picked this year.