There is a lot of fun that naturally comes with the start of NBA draft season, workouts included. Everyone wants to know what players their respective teams may be eyeing up to select on June 26th, and private/group workouts give the fan some insight.
Unfortunately, Sam Hinkie ain't about that life. Despite PCOM being a revolving door for about 60-70 prospects over the course of the next month, management is doing their best to keep a tight lip. Philadelphia reportedly began welcoming prospects on Sunday (mostly second round talent) with few names leaking out. LB's Jake Fischer managed to uncover the identity of multiple players who ran through drills in front of Sixers brass.
Per sources, Sixers worked out Langston Galloway, Kendall Williams, Lamar Patterson and Casey Prather on Sunday.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) May 26, 2014
Per sources, Sixers worked out, among a few others, Norvel Pelle, LaQuinton Ross and Thanasis Antenkoumpo this morning at PCOM.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) May 26, 2014
Galloway should ring a bell for local hoops fans who watched the four-year senior average 17.7 ppg for St. Joe's last season. A deadly three point shooter, the Baton Rouge native put up 25 on 4-7 shooting from beyond the arc against eventual national champion UConn. Williams, a New Mexico product, would fit the Sixers mold of a big, physical guard at 6'4". He averaged 16 points and nearly five dimes a contest.
Patterson was a stone cold killer for Pitt over the course of his career there, a knock down shooter from just about anywhere on the floor. He shot over 44% from the field his senior season, chipping in 17 points a night. Don't be too surprised if Philadelphia targets him with one of their many second rounders. Prather, an undersized swingman from Florida, shot over 60% for the SEC champions.
Antetokounmpo and Pelle spent last season with the Sixers D-League affiliate, the Sevens. You may know Thanasis as the brother of the adorable Giannis, but big bro is out to make a name of his own. He was the heart and soul of that Sevens team, averaging over 12 points and four assists per contest. He's worth drafting and stashing in Delaware one more year. Pelle was hot and cold in his first season playing organized basketball in multiple years, but this highlight tape shows there's some hope he can be developed. Ross was a key component to Ohio State's team, averaging 15 and 6 boards.
Philadelphia is expected to be "swamped" this upcoming week with more draft hopefuls, and ESPN's Jeff Goodman has some notable names. Louisville dropout Chane Behanan will make his presence felt Saturday, Tennessee power forward Jarnell Stokes and Duke guard Rodney Hood will attend Sunday.
Make what you will of these names, but Hinkie is bringing in players from Kansas to Camden County Community College. Don't get too caught up in the hype.