ESPN2 Presents 2018 NBA Draft Combine Coverage, Beginning May 17


ESPN2 Presents 2018 NBA Draft Combine Coverage, Beginning May 17

  • Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to join the set, as well as other NBA players
  • Interviews with NBA General Managers, Coaches and Top Prospects
  • NBA: Year OneFollows Top Picks From Last Year’s Draft Class, available on ESPN+

ESPN2 will televise the 2018 NBA Draft Combine powered by Under Armour from 3-7 p.m. ET, on Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18. The event will take place at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago, Ill. A total of 69 NBA prospects are expected to participate, as their skills, strength and agility are tested through drills and on-court competition.

ESPN college basketball and NBA insiders will be on hand to break down the draft, free agency, players and teams.

Maria Taylor will host ESPN’s two-day coverage, and will be joined by lead college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA Draft experts Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony, and front office expert Bobby Marks. Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokuonmpo, whose brother Kosta will be in attendance at this year’s combine, will join the set for an interview during ESPN’s coverage.

Additional Highlights

  • Interviews with NBA coaches and general managers in attendance
  • One-on-one interviews with draft prospects
  • Free agency news and updates
  • Player breakdowns and mock drafts

This is the second in a series of ESPN 2018 NBA Draft events, which also includes the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm (May 15) and the 2018 NBA Draft (June 21).

Coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm will air on ESPN on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., from Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. ESPN’s exclusive presentation of this year’s NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m.

NBA: Year One – Behind-the-Scenes Access to the NBA’s Top Rookies, exclusively on ESPN+
With an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes view of all that goes into the entire first season of an NBA player, NBA: Year One follows the top picks of last year’s NBA Draft class. Through a series of eight episodes exclusive to ESPN+, notable rookies including Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr., and De’Aaron Fox, share their lives for the entire NBA season, both on and off the court.

The first two episodes of NBA: Year One will debut Tuesday, May 15. Episode 1 “Becoming a Rook,” covers the NBA Combine, pre-draft workouts and the NBA Draft, as the prospective top picks wait to land their dream job. Episode 2 “The Journey Begins” follows the rookies as they settle into new cities and homes and prepare for their first test as professionals: The NBA Summer League.



Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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