The Philadelphia 76ers worked out six second round prospects at PCOM on Tuesday, a source told Liberty Ballers. Among those in attendance were St. John's guard Phil Greene IV, NC State guard Trevor Lacey, Harvard swingman Wesley Saunders, Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas, Iona big man David Laury and Michigan State guard Travis Trice.
While the Tuesday following Memorial Day is typically the start date for many NBA teams' pre-draft workouts, the Sixers have already worked out over 20 prospects dating back to the beginning of May. The earliest Sixers workout Liberty Ballers has learned about was held on May 8.
Among Tuesday's participants, only Christmas seems poised to be drafted at this stage of the pre-draft process. After emerging as the go-to option at Syracuse last season, Christmas put on a solid showing at the combine a few weeks ago, cementing his stock as one of the premier big men prospects that will be available at the top of the second round.
After the 2013-14 season, there was talk that Saunders could parlay two stellar campaigns into a first round selection if he forwent his senior season. Saunders was a part of one the most successful Harvard recruiting classes in school history, helping lead the Crimson to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including second round victories in 2013 and 2014.
In a somewhat surprising decision, Lacey decided to leave NC State early after a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament. Lacey is an old school, crafty point guard, but he's a little devoid of athleticism.
Greene is set to graduate from St. John's after an injury-riddled senior season. Trice, a knockdown shooter, was of course a key role player in Michigan State's run to the Final Four. Trice is a bit of a poor man's Devin Booker, but far smaller and his three-point shooting dipped to 36.9 percent after shooting above 40 percent in each of is first three seasons. Lastly, Laury is a stocky big man from Iona who will likely have a solid professional career in Europe for several years.
We're keeping tabs on the draft prospects known to have worked out with the Sixers and have our second annual draft prospect tracker coming soon.