Former Wyoming forward Hayden Dalton was not among the 69 expected NBA Combine attendees named last week by the league.
“Great talk with (Dalton) about what lies ahead for him,” Dalton’s friend and trainer, Clint Parks, tweeted Tuesday. “No combine (sic) teams don’t think his body can hold up in the NBA. I told him straight up he’s either gonna lay down and cry foul or keep fighting to get what he deserves it’s that simple. You just need 1 team to love your game.”
Dalton recently worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his agent Justin Haynes said there was “a lot of interest” in Dalton from NBA teams.
Wyoming’s Justin James submitted his name for the draft with one year of eligibility remaining and has until the end of the month to return to Wyoming, because he has not yet signed an agent. He was also not listed as an expected attendee. Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison, Nevada’s Caleb Martin and Cody Martin and UNLV’s Brandon McCoy were the Mountain West players named by the NBA.
Dalton also participated in the Reese’s College All-Star Game, where he scored four points with six rebounds and a block, and the Portsmouth Invitational, where he averaged averaged 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Dalton, who played his first collegiate season at Central Wyoming College, was a first-team all-MW honoree as a senior at Wyoming, according to league media. He was also a second-team selection by league coaches, averaging 17.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He earned second-team all-District 17 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Dalton is one of nine players who have left Wyoming after 2017-18, when the Cowboys went 20-13.
James was a first-team all-MW selection by league media and coaches this past season, in which he averaged 18.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He was a first-team all-District honoree by the NABC.