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WATCH: Pitt’s Bub Carrington Off to an Elite Start at NBA Combine

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Pitt's Carlton Carrington shoots over a UNC defender in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday, March 15, 2024 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now)

Bub Carrington seems to be making the most of his opportunity at the NBA Combine in Chicago this week.

Carrington and 77 other prospects competing to be drafted in this summer’s NBA Draft are working out for NBA Scouts and front offices in the Windy City this weekend at this year’s combine. On day one of the event, it appears as though Carrrington is off to a red-hot start.

According to NBA reporters Jonathan Wasserman and Jonathan Givony, Carrington, so far, ranks highly in spot-up and pull-up shooting drills, as well as seventh in vertical jump with a 36.5-inch leap.

— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 13, 2024

 

In a post-draft lottery mock draft, The Athletic recently predicted that Carrington would be selected with the No. 20 pick in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Carrington scored in double digits 22 times this past season for Pitt, including four performances of 20 plus points. He became the only freshman in college basketball to average 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. 15 freshmen have hit that mark since 1992-93, and 10 of those players became first-round NBA Draft picks.

Carrington said that he finalized the decision to enter the draft and leave Pitt three days before his announcement but thought about the decision as the season went on.

Pitt head coach Jeff Capel, who heavily prioritized Carrington out of St. Frances Academy, knew very quickly that his point guard wasn’t going to last long at the college level.

“I remember after the fourth game, sitting with his parents and talking to them about how we want to handle this,” Capel said in April. “I knew from past experiences that everything was going to change and this thing would be pretty fast — or had a chance to be pretty fast. Once the season was over, I spoke to his dad again and put together a plan.

“I started reaching out to NBA teams, general managers, scouts, directors of personnel, just trying to get them accurate information and feedback. The feedback that we got was very, very positive. I thought that went into Lil Bub and his family’s decision to make this move.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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