Allen Flanigan did not earn an invite to the NBA Draft Combine after competing in the G League Elite Camp this week in Chicago.
Flanigan missed the cut for the combine, as only seven of the 44 players who participated in the G League Elite Camp earned call-ups to the combine, which begins Wednesday in Chicago. With Flanigan not moving on, Auburn will remain at two representatives in the combine: All-Americans and projected first-round NBA Draft picks Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler.
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Even without the invite to the combine, the last two days at the G League Elite camp provided Flanigan with an opportunity to showcase his ability against professional-caliber talent. In a scrimmage on Monday, Flanigan had six points on 3-of-4 shooting, as well as three rebounds and a pair of assists in 17 minutes off the bench for his team. He followed it up Tuesday evening with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, including 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, to go with four rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.
Since declaring as an early entrant for the draft, the expectation has been that Flanigan will return to Auburn for his senior season while using the draft evaluation process to gather more information. Flanigan and Dylan Cardwell, who also declared early for the draft, have until June 1 to notify the NBA that they wish to withdraw from the draft while retaining NCAA eligibility.
Flanigan was projected as a potential first-round pick in the 2022 draft a year ago after a strong sophomore campaign in which he averaged 14.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting (33.8 from 3-point range), grabbed 5.5 rebounds and dished out 2.9 assists per game. That trajectory was stifled in the preseason, when Flanigan partially tore his Achilles tendon in a non-basketball related incident. Flanigan underwent surgery to repair the tendon and was sidelined for multiple months before returning to the rotation in December.
Flanigan played in 22 games after returning from injury, making 20 starts at small forward for Auburn on the Tigers’ way to an SEC regular-season title and No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, though he shot 39.5 percent overall and just 20.5 percent from beyond the arc. Despite hiss to regain his form offensively after the injury, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was struggle by Flanigan’s defensive throughout the season.
Should Flanigan officially withdraw from the draft pool before the June 1 deadline and return for his senior season, Auburn is hopeful a full offseason to recover from that Achilles injury will help the 6-foot-6 wing regain more of his explosiveness and shooting touch from his sophomore season, when NBA teams viewed him as a potential first-round prospect.
Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.