After interviewing around 15 players at the Chicago NBA Draft Combine, the Philadelphia 76ers have shuffled over 30 prospects into their working practice facilty at PCOM this week since beginning their private pre-Draft group workouts last Sunday. The team has taken closer looks at mostly second-round prospects with a few potential late first-rounders mixed in. On Friday, the Sixers brought two different players in over the course of two separate workouts, multiple sources informed Liberty Ballers.
In the first workout, beginning at 8:10 a.m., the Sixers ran six players through drills and physical measurements. It consisted of three 1-on-1 player matchups in order to culminate the workout with a 3-on-3 battle. The particpants include forward Tariq Black of Kansas matched up against forward Tailb Zanna of Pittsburgh, forward Ronald Roberts, Jr. of St. Joe's against former Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon and also included former St. John's big man Orlando Sanchez and forward Javon McRea of Buffalo.
A source informed Liberty Ballers that the uber-athletic Roberts impressed in the workout while another source mentioned Benimon showed off his Boris Diaw-espque well-rounded game. Roberts, Jr. averaged 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Hawks in his senior campaign this season. Benimon earned his second-straight Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year award after posting 18.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per night.
Later in the day, multiple sources told Liberty Ballers the Sixers welcomed four more prospects to PCOM on Friday, conducting a second workout that began at 10:30 a.m. In the second session, the staff got a closer looky at Indiana's Will Sheehy, Missouri's Jabari Brown, Washington's C.J. Wilcox and Norfolk State's Pendarvis Williams.
Sheey, Brown and Wilcox are pretty well known amongst basketball fans after playing at high-major schools. Williams, a legitimate 6-6 point guard and Philadelphia native, not only has a terrific name but scored 20 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 2 assists to help now-Orlando Magic center Kyle O'Quinn lead the 15-seed Spartans past 2-seed Mizzou in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. This winter, he averaged 15.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this winter while leading the Spartans to the CIT tournament and earning an AP All-America honorable mention.
The Sixers will continue working out prospects over the weekend. Keep it here at Liberty Ballers for all of your Sixers pre-Draft information.