Top surprises from draft combine

Creighton forward Doug McDermott impressed in the vertical and the running events. AP Photo/Nati Harnik

The NBA draft combine wasn't exactly the most newsworthy event, but it did feature enough surprises: guys who showed up out of shape, athletically challenged guys who showed some hops and even a fringe first-rounder with the baffling decision to sit it out.

Here are a dozen thoughts after the two-day Chicago event.

Doug McDermott pulled out a 36.5-inch running max vertical, which ranked 18th among the nearly 60 players who participated in the event. McDermott also boosted his stock by ranking in the top 15 in the lane agility drill. The former Creighton star is, according to several NBA executives, a likely late-lottery selection. McDermott helped dispel any notion that he is unathletic with his vertical and with the running events.