This weekend, the NBA D-League is set to host its fifth annual Elite Mini Camp in Chicago, according to a source. The yearly offseason showcase features approximately forty of the minor league's up and coming prospects. It takes place nearly a week before the NBA Draft Combine, providing big league executives, scouts, coaches, and others a look at some of the more intriguing talent available outside of the forthcoming rookie draft.
Of course, such a showcase features players with ample of professional experience, arguably preparing them even further for The Association than some of the rookie draft's top talents. Just last year, eventual NBA players Toure Murry, Hollis Thompson, Chris Johnson, and James Nunnally were among those who strutted their stuff in hopes of catching the eye of an important decision-maker or two. Perhaps for those prospects, such exposure helped.
Though the full roster for this year's event has yet to be released, Isaiah Wilkerson of the Tulsa 66ers will be among the select few, according to his agent, BJ Bass of RBA Sports.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/RidicUpside">@RidicUpside</a> Congrats to RBA's Isaiah Wilkerson <a href="https://twitter.com/Focused_20">@Focused_20</a> invited to <a href="https://twitter.com/nbadleague">@nbadleague</a> Elite mini-camp, featuring top 40 players in the league</p>— Brian J. Bass (@bjbass2) <a href="https://twitter.com/bjbass2/statuses/463794645185470466">May 6, 2014</a></blockquote>
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A second year D-League athlete with Tulsa, Wilkerson made increasingly evident strides from one season to the next in the minor league. A strong combo-guard of sorts who can score in bunches, the 23 year old increased his scoring average by nearly seven points this past year while taking on a more serious role with the 66ers.