Pascal Siakam Receives 2016 NBA Draft Combine Invite

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam has received an invitation to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine.

Siakam, the 6-9, 230 pound All-American forward for the Aggies from Douala, Cameroon, received the invitation late Friday night for the combine May 11-15 in Chicago.

Siakam declared for the NBA Draft earlier in April. He has not hired an agent in accordance with NCAA Proposal No. 2015-32 that was adopted in January 2016 so that he can maintain his NCAA eligibility during the process.

“I feel blessed to get the invitation,” said Siakam. “It’s a good step in right direction for me. I’m just wanting to show what I can do against everybody. It’s exciting.”

The unanimous choice as 2016 Western Athletic Conference Player of Year, Siakam was named as an honorable mention AP All-America Team, as well as named to the Lou Henson Award All-America Team. He was selected All-District by both the NABC and USBWA, a finalist for the Lou Henson Award as mid-major player of the year and a finalist for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Siakam led the nation with 27 double-doubles in 2015-16. He averaged 20.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and blocked 2.24 shots a game in 2015-16, ranking eighth in rebounding, 26th in scoring and 32nd in blocked shots. He led the 22 NCAA Division I players averaging a double-double in scoring and was the only one that averaged more than 20 points a game.

Siakam collected 690 points on the season, the second most in a season in NM State history. He also posted the third-best rebounding season in Aggie history with 396 boards, which was the fourth-best single season performance in WAC history. He also notched the third best season in school history with 76 blocked shots.

In just two seasons, Siakam scored 1,126 points to rank 21st on the Aggie career scoring chart, and equals the fourth-best two-year total in NM State history. His 658 career rebounds rank 15th all-time in Aggie history and is the third-best two-year total in school annals.