Galen Williams, Michael Foster get up after the gathering

Chicago – The NBA Draft differs from the NFL Draft group in that not every player has to participate. Agents can strategically choose what they want to include in their player. Predicted players at the top Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jaden Ivey were not involved in anything, including measurements or media availability.

There is still value in the week-long event for NBA scouts and front office managers. Each year, a few players capture the draft boards after a solid showing on the set. Last year it was Josh Primo, Bones Hyland and Quentin Grimes. Primo came in 12th for the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets finished in 26th, and the New York Knicks Grimes picked 25th.

There is only a month left until the NBA draft and the players will be busy with team practice leading up to the big night on June 23. Here are six players who helped themselves the most after making the NBA draft.

Galen Williams, Santa Clara

HT/Wt: 6-5, 209 pounds

Williams was the best player on the field on both days of scrimmage and may have played his part in the first-round draft pick. He reached the basket with ease, hit the ball well and made some of the best finishing touches in the transition. Defensively, he battled through screens to keep his man ahead and was effective in defending by assist, closing the gap for steals and tips.

By all accounts, Williams had done enough on day one of the melee game to sit down on day two, but he played in both games.

“I came to Chicago for a reason and it was to compete and show the NBA scouts what kind of player I am,” he told Yahoo Sports. “I want to play and compete for me, it wasn’t even a question of whether to sit and not play.”

Williams finished with 11 points and four rebounds in just 21 minutes of the first game and had 19 points and four rebounds in the second half.

Santa Clara goalkeeper Jalen Williams hits the ball at Chet Holmgren in the middle of Gonzaga during their match in February.  Williams had a strong showing on the NBA draft combined project in Chicago.  (James Snook/USA TODAY Sports)

Santa Clara goalkeeper Jalen Williams hits the ball at Chet Holmgren in the middle of Gonzaga during their match in February. Williams had a strong showing on the NBA draft combined project in Chicago. (James Snook/USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Foster, G League Ignite

HT/Wt: 6-9, 236 pounds

The first thing every scout and front office manager in the NBA noticed when Foster entered the gym was his improved frame. Foster lost 14 pounds, added muscle mass and looked amazing. His body fat was 6.2% and he was moving better on the court than in the G League season.

Besides Williams, Foster has helped himself the most this week. He shot the ball well during training and scared players in the lane during fights. Defensively, he also kept on his own, something he struggled with during the Premier League season. His shot has improved, and he has become more consistent in his pop selection. During his professional day, Foster hit eight corner threes in a row and showed off his athletic activity with his holes and explosive first step.

Foster did a little bit of everything in the first fight with five points, six rebounds and three assists and finished the game with 14 points and five rebounds in the second half.

G League Ignite forward Michael Foster Jr. defends through a player in December.  Foster is one of the project to combine risers.  (Stephen R. Sylvani/USA TODAY Sports)

G League Ignite forward Michael Foster Jr. defends through a player in December. Foster is one of the project to combine risers. (Stephen R. Sylvani/USA TODAY Sports)

Andrew Nimbard, Gonzaga

HT/Wt: 6-4, 196 pounds

Nimbard only played in one melee, but it was enough to showcase what he does best. General Gonzaga seemed comfortable in the creation for others, providing 11 assists. He also led both teams on points with 26 (10 to 18 from the field) and read the defense well in the pick-and-roll game, pulling the ball twice with confidence.

Nembhard is a potential second-round pick and has only met the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns during Friday week. It will be his first workout with the Indiana Pacers this week.

Andrew Nimbard of Gonzaga dribble during the 2022 NCAA Men's Championship on March 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Andrew Nimbard of Gonzaga dribble during the 2022 NCAA Men’s Championship on March 17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Kenny Lofton Jr., Louisiana Tech

HT/Wt: 6-7, 250 pounds

Started by Lofton Jr. His week in the G League group and got a phone call after a strong showing in brawls at the start of the week. He’s far from your typical NBA strength, but the scouts loved how hard he played.

Despite his size, he has great foot movement around the basket and caught the 7-foot, 293-pound Kofi Cockburn. He has already lost weight since the end of the season and is moving better than expected. Lofton Jr played only on the first day of scrimmage and finished with 13 points and three rebounds. After a solid week, Lofton Jr. enough to recruit him.

Kenny Lofton Jr. participates in the NBA 2022 draft at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on May 19, 2022. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

Kenny Lofton Jr. participates in the NBA 2022 draft at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on May 19, 2022. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

Travion Williams, Bordeaux

HT/Wt: 6-9, 265 pounds

Williams had a solid week and showed his vision on the open field, making a correct pass every time and handling well. He penalized any goalkeeper who turned him on in a mismatch and his drive has improved since the end of the season. Williams told reporters after the first altercation that he would continue to work hard no matter how the draft changed.

“Whether I go into the second round or unpolished, man, I don’t care. At the end of the day, I do what I love. There are a lot of players in the NBA who are succeeding now and are not being drafted, so I never worry about that”.

Terquavion Smith, North Carolina

HT/Wt: 6-3, 165 pounds

Smith put his name on the draft with the option to go back to school for the sophomore season. After playing well in the draft group, the chances of him returning to school are slim (Smith has until June 1 to make a decision). Smith shot the ball very well from depth during combined shooting drills and was one of the quickest players in the transition during melees. He seemed like an experienced goalkeeper and controlled the pace of the match.

Smith shut him down after the first day of scrimmage and probably did enough to slip into the late first round or early second, similar to the high Bones Hyland had after the combine last year. In his first game, Smith finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes on the court.

Terquavion Smith was defended by Kenny Lofton Jr.  During the NBA 2022 Draft at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on May 19, 2022. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

Terquavion Smith was defended by Kenny Lofton Jr. During the NBA 2022 Draft at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on May 19, 2022. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)