Frank Ntilikina of Strasbourg and former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball are among the NBA prospects who were invited to the NBA combine but will not attend, according to DraftExpress.
There are 66 players who are attending the combine, including Malik Monk and Markelle Fultz, who is widely considered the draft's top prospect.
Ntilikina, a 6-foot-5 point guard, is 18 years old and has averaged 5.2 points, 1.2 assists and 17.5 minutes in 27 games for Strasbourg International.
Ball, 19, averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and six rebounds as a freshman for UCLA.
As the New York Knicks lock in and get a more in-depth look at a slew of players set to be available at the team's likely lottery position, one rather viable option will be unavailable.
Still participating in international competition, Ntilikina will not have an opportunity to get sized up or compete with his draft contemporaries at this year's annual event. As a result, New York won't have the chance to assess him stateside. After potential No. 1 pick Fultz, Ntilikina stands tall as one of the better point guard prospects alongside the likes of Dennis Smith Jr., De'Aaron Fox and Monk. As far as New York is concerned, Ntilikina is a big guard with sound defensive fundamentals for covering multiple positions. What's more, he's the youngest prospect set to be in the draft and as such, his potential to see and run the floor could really be developed nicely with the Knicks' evident core. As their more recent picks have proven, the team's international scouting staff has uncovered some gems. Ntilikina could be next on the list.
With a strong and attentive scouting staff, make no mistake: The Knicks have certainly had their eyes peeled on Ntilikina up until this point anyway. Still, it's always helpful for the front office and coaching staff to get a much closer and more intimate look at a given prospect in person. That said, it should also be worth noting that neither Kristaps Porzingis nor Willy Hernangomez participated in the draft combine back in 2015 before New York went on to select them.
The Knicks have three picks in the upcoming draft and the combine will be a valuable chance to dig deeper on certain internal player evaluations.