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Liberty Links: Sixers to work out former St. Joe’s Prep star Steve Vasturia

The Philly native will work out for his hometown team today.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament Final-Notre Dame vs Duke Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-draft workouts are in full swing for the Sixers, and they’re bringing in their second group of prospects on Wednesday to compete in front of the team’s evaluators.

Draft Express has Bell as the highest rated prospect (32) to be featured in this workout, and it’s quite possible he could be a late first-round pick. The former Oregon big man had an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament, and contributed 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in the National Championship game against UNC.

Bryant averaged 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in his second and final season at Indiana. DX has him as their 38th best prospect. Peak (45) and Dorsey (46) will likely be mid-to-late second round picks.

Vasturia, a native of Philadelphia and St. Joe’s Prep’s all-time leading scorer, will probably go undrafted.

Here’s what else happened on Tuesday:

The anniversary of “The Stepover”

I love Tom McGinnis, but everything sounds better in Spanish. Truthfully, I had never heard that version before. Now I don’t think I’ll ever see that video without hearing “IVERSON! IVERSON! IVERSON!” playing in my head. It’s much more fun that way.

The Kings are interested in moving picks five and 10 to secure De’Aaron Fox

No brainer there. Let’s say Sacramento moves up to three. It’s still quite possible you land Josh Jackson, and you can grab a guy like Lauri Markkanen or perhaps even Jonathan Isaac at 10. A lot of potential scenarios there, and they all sound better than locking into three. It’s something the Sixers should definitely consider, unless they’re going to move up to No. 1.

The Basketball Tournament field is just about set

Full disclosure: I do work for The Basketball Tournament, but I wouldn’t be bringing it to your attention if I didn’t think it was great. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman revealed 60 of the 64 teams that will be competing this year, and it includes the core of Villanova’s Final Four team from 2009, a Syracuse alumni team with Eric Devendorf, a team run by the Morris Twins that features Maalik Wayns and Mychel Thompson (Klay Thompson’s brother), a Weber State alumni team coached by Damian Lillard, and a Jimmer Fredette run team featuring former Sixer great Brandon Davies. And that’s just five of the 64. This year’s TBT is going to be better than ever.

The Future of the NBA Could Be the G-League - Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer

Mastering the technical intricacies of basketball requires a steep learning curve — it’s no wonder Silver said many in the league believe younger players need better instruction. In baseball, development and instruction happens, for the most part, in the minor leagues. And the NBA’s own minor league could be what it turns to in the future.

The NBA Development League, or the D-League, is being rebranded as the Gatorade League, or the G-League. Starting next season, there will be 26 teams in the G-League that will act as affiliates of NBA teams. We’re moving toward a true minor league system, where each NBA organization has its own exclusive G-League roster. In the past, the D-League was the home of guys looking for a second chance or hoping for their first one, but the G-League could become a potential talent pipeline for high school players to enter, rather than going to college.

Sports Illustrated’s Top 50 prospects - Jeremy Woo

I like reading big boards that differ from the consensus, and this one certainly does that. Worth a read, even if it’s just to hear from a different perspective.

Kevin Love Is Not the Problem, but Cleveland Might Want to Move on Anyway - Hayley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer

I understand the premise, but unless you’re somehow adding a guy like Paul George, I’m not sure what getting rid of Kevin Love accomplishes. He looked fantastic in the Boston series, and people were saying he was playing the best basketball of his life. The Golden State Warriors are a freak team with four stars who can do whatever they want. Guys are going to get exposed, and I’d argue that Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith’s defense is doing a lot more damage than Love is. There’s no easy solution here, but I don’t think getting rid of Love is the answer.

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