CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Mamadi Diakite will get a chance to practice for NBA scouts in Chicago after all. The Virginia forward was invited to the the G-League elite camp Monday.
Diakite was not invited to the NBA Draft combine, also held in Chicago. The Draft combine invites were generated by votes from NBA teams who turn in names to the league they want to watch. After the combine was full, the next 40 names on the list of players were invited to the elite camp.
It is the first camp of its kind, held from May 12-14. A select number of college players from the G-League camp will be invited to stay and participate in the NBA Draft combine.
Diakite's 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 21.8 minutes per game this season were all career highs. He started 22 games for the Wahoos this season, including the Cavaliers' last five games during their NCAA Tournament run. He averaged 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in those six tournament games.
Diakite also hit what will surely go down as one of the most legendary shots in UVA history en route to that NCAA title. His buzzer-beater off a mid-court feed from Kihei Clark forced overtime in the Wahoos' eventual Elite Eight win against Purdue.