Top Canucks skip NBA combine's first workouts

Michigan's Nik Stauskas is at this week's NBA combine. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Michigan's Nik Stauskas is at this week's NBA combine. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:05 AM ET

CHICAGO - A record six Canadians attended the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday, led by potential lottery picks Tyler Ennis and Nik Stauskas.

While Vaughan’s Andrew Wiggins, the favourite to be the No. 1 overall selection in six weeks, did not attend and though Ennis, a Brampton native, and Stauskas, of Mississauga, both opted to skip the drills portion of the event, it all still felt a little historic.

After the top three Canucks go in the first round, up to five others could be selected in the second, though that’s highly unlikely. Still, combine participants Melvin Ejim (Brampton), Khem Birch (Montreal), Dwight Powell (Toronto) and Jordan Bachynski (Calgary) each believe they have what it takes to join the growing crop of Canadian NBA talent.

The bulk of the attention though, is on Wiggins, Stauskas and Ennis. Wiggins, working out on his own in Los Angeles, caused a stir on the Internet, when a picture of his absurd vertical leap made the rounds.


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