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Hiawatha Selected for Draft

While the Heat and Bulls battle for a spot in the NBA Finals across town, 55 prospects are fighting for spots in next monthhs draft at the NBA Combine at Tim Grover’s Attack Athletics Facility in Chicago. The ESPNU Combine telecast is the first to be produced in HD, and, although the event may not boast the popularity of its NFL counterpart, it is quickly becoming a key date on the NBA calendar. This is the last chance to see these guys in shorts and sneakers before the draft in June,, says coordinating producer Peter Watters. Itts a little different from the NFL Combine, which most viewers are used to. The NFL Combine is very segmented, with one guy going at once. But here, they will have as many as four hoops going during a single 12-man group.. The Combine, which is also being streamed on ESPN3.com and will be replayed on NBA TV, is a four-day marathon of drills, strength and conditioning workouts, tests, and team interviews, but no actual 5-on-5 scrimmages take place. ESPNU is providing four hours of coverage on Thursday (10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET) and six hours on Friday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), when basketball drills are held. ESPNU has brought in Token Creek’s Hiawatha HD mobile unit and an Arctek HD satellite-uplink truck for its inaugural HD Combine telecast. Token Creek’s engineering staff consisted of Steve Sontag, Andrew Rothschadl, & Chris Smith.