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Gonzaga’s Anton Watson, Washington State’s Isaac Jones and Jaylen Wells have been invited to the G League Elite Camp

Three local college standouts will look to improve their NBA Draft stock next week at the G League Elite Camp in Chicago.

Gonzaga’s Anton Watson and Washington State’s Isaac Jones and Jaylen Wells were among 44 players to receive invitations to the camp, which was held two days (May 11-12) for NBA prospects more than a month before the Draft.

Watson returns to camp after participating last year before ultimately choosing to return to school for a fifth and final year of eligibility. Fresh off leading WSU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008, Jones and Wells received invitations to the camp for the first time.

Jones, who played three junior college seasons before transferring to Idaho, moved across the Palouse to spend his final season of eligibility at WSU in 2023-2024. Wells could return for another collegiate season, but the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention guard may not spend it at WSU after recently entering the transfer portal.

Wells later clarified that he entered the transfer portal to “keep all my options open,” but also said he is “100% committed to achieving my dreams and becoming a 2024 NBA draft pick.”

Santa Clara’s Adama Bal was the only other West Coast Conference player invited to the G League Elite Camp. In addition to Jones and Wells, Arizona’s Caleb Love and KJ Lewis, Keion Brooks Jr. from Washington and Branden Carlson from Utah are also other invited Pac-12 players.

After two days of scrimmages at the G League Elite Camp, six standouts will be chosen to participate in the more high-profile NBA Draft Combine, taking place May 12-19 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Gonzaga wing Michael Ajayi, who recently signed with the Bulldogs after transferring from Pepperdine, was the only local standout invited to the NBA Draft Combine.

Watson averaged a career-high 14.5 points in his final season at Gonzaga and made 41% of his three-point shots – a significant improvement from the year before, when the Gonzaga Prep product made 33% of his shots from behind the arc . Watson, who played a career-high 31.4 minutes per game, also posted career highs in rebounds per game (7.1) and assists per game (2.6).

In his lone season at the senior level, Jones led WSU in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) while making 57% of his shots from the field. Jones and Wells were two of three Cougar players to earn All-Pac-12 recognition after the season, along with First Team guard Myles Rice.

Jones was recently one of the top performers at the Portsmouth Invitational, an all-star tournament for upperclassmen. The 6-foot-4 forward from Spanaway was the event’s third-leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points per game, and he ranked seventh in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game.

Wells, who transferred to WSU from Division II Sonoma State, averaged 12.6 points to go with 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The 6-foot-4 wing from Sacramento led the Cougars in 3-point percentage (41.7%) and free throw percentage (81.4%).