The NBA Draft is almost here and that means its time for the Chicago Bulls to take a deep dive into some of the guys they may potentially draft. Many of them were on display in the NBA Draft Combine which took place in Chicago last week and now teams want to get more of a private workout.
While many of the guys who have workouts with the Bulls are not likely to get drafted by Chicago at #16, the workout is still vital if they drop into the second round or summer league earn themselves a spot in the Bulls Summer League team as well.
Here’s a running list of all the players who have scheduled pre-draft workouts with the Bulls. If there is anyone I missed, comment below and it will be updated.
Last updated (6/21/17):
Isaiah Hartenstein, Austria
In one of Chicago’s final workouts, the Bulls reportedly worked out Austrian big man Isaiah Hartenstein according to European Hoops reporter David Pick. The 19 year old 7 footer only played in 5 games for his Austrian club, Zalgris but looks like he has the tools to be a decent player in the NBA. He has a great wingspan and that is a good starting point but he has to improve in his all around game. You can read more up on him here. He’s likely to go undrafted or a second round draft and stash option.
Jarrett Allen, Texas
According to KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls worked out Allen this past Monday on June 12th along with a group of other players.
If Cristiano Felicio decides to leave the Bulls then Chicago could be in need of some depth at the center spot. Jarrett Allen could be that guy. He is projected as a mid-round pick and will likely be available for the Bulls to take him if they want to. He’s raw offensively and will be a project for Chicago.
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Like Jarrett Allen, Jackson also worked out for the Bulls. But as Johnson reported, Jackson worked out with a group of other players instead of a separate workout like the Texas big man.
Jackson is another guy who you can easily see the Bulls drafting and had an interview with them at the combine. He had a good senior year at North Carolina, resulting in a National Title. He’s projected to be in the range where the Bulls are picking (DraftExpress has him going 14th). The Bulls need help on the wings and Jackson could provide that.
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Chicago also took a look at another guard in their pre-draft workouts. This time it was Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon. The sophomore was a real spark for the Seminoles last season, scoring 17.2 points and yanking down 4.2 rebounds per game. He can certainly drive to the hoop and shoot mid-range but struggles when he steps back to the three-point line, shooting only 33%. Bacon is expected to be available in the second round when the Bulls are on the clock with the 38th pick.
Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
Isaiah Briscoe wasn’t the only Wildcat who has worked out for the Bulls so far. Chicago also worked out his teammate Bam Adebayo as well. The freshman wasn’t the most polished player but he displayed flashes of potential that could excite some teams. He will take time but he has the potential to develop in a solid big man off the bench for any team that drafts him. Adebayo is projected to be a late first round pick by many mock drafts.
Harry Giles, Duke
Out of all the players that worked out in that session, Duke freshman Harry Giles was the most interesting. Despite being only 19, Giles has had some major injury concerns with him already tearing his ACL (twice), MCL, and meniscus already. But when he is healthy, Giles has shown some potential to be a solid player in the league despite being the biggest enigma in the draft. People don’t know a lot about him and that could scare some teams away but he is still projected as a late first round pick in most mocks.
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
Lydon is a 6’9 power forward who can space the floor with his three-point shooting. He’s projected to be a mid 1st round pick. Lydon, along with the next two names on this list, were confirmed to have scheduled a workout with the Bulls by CBS Sport’s Cody Westerlund.
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Trimble was scheduled to workout with the Bulls on Tuesday, May 16th. As of right now, he’s not on many teams draft boards and will likely go un-drafted unless he absolutely kills it in workouts. He’s surely a candidate for being signed to someone’s Summer League team.
Peter Jok, Iowa
Jok was the last name confirmed by Westerlund as to having scheduled a workout with the Bulls. He’s not likely to get drafted as well but he could be able to convince a team with a great workout. He’s another Summer League candidate.
Terrance Ferguson, Australia
Westerlund also reported that the Bulls interviewed Terrance Ferguson at the combine along with the two names listed below. Ferguson is coming off playing a year in Australia even though he was committed to play for Arizona. Essentially he took a Brandon Jennings route and decided that overseas was more worth it for his career. He is likely to be a lottery pick and may fall down to Chicago.
Edmond Sumner, Xavier
Sumner didn’t even play in his final season for Xavier after tearing his ACL and won’t be available till November, like Westerlund mentioned in his report. He’s projected to be a second round pick if anything and will likely be a summer league guy.
Justin Patton, Creighton
The center from Creighton was one of the first people interviewed by Chicago and it was Patton himself who revealed that he had met with the Bulls. He is slotted to be picked somewhere in between the 10 and 20th spot. Patton is certainly an option for Chicago at the 16th spot and we broke why he would be an interesting fit right here.
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
According to BBall Insiders Michael Scotto (via HoopsRumors.com) the Bulls had a group workout this past week. One of those names was Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell. With his ability to play both ways and shoot from deep, Mitchell would be the perfect pick and we explained why.
Kobi Simmons, Arizona
In Scotto’s tweets, he also mentioned that there were two other names along with Mitchell in the group workout. One of them was Arizona point guard Kobi Simmons. Despite only being a freshman, Simmons decided to forgo his career with the Wildcats and head onto the NBA. It was a very odd choice for the point guard and as of right now, he is projected to be a late second round pick if anything. At 19, Simmons should be viewed more of as a project to develop for the future. He could be someone the Bulls could target in the second round.
Milton Doyle, Loyola
Milton Doyle, a guard from Loyola (IL) was the last name included in Scotto’s report. Doyle had a solid senior season for the Ramblers, averaging 15.2 points per game. But as of his chances of making it to the NBA, it’s going to be a mountain to climb for the First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference player. He’s likely to get a shot in the Summer League and maybe could be a candidate to play for the Windy City Bulls next season.
Luke Kennard, Duke
On June 7th, the Bulls reportedly worked out four more prospects according to BBall Insider’s Michael Scotto (via HoopsRumors.com). The first named mentioned was Luke Kennard from Duke. The sophomore averaged 19.5 points while shooting 43.8% from three for the Blue Devils last season. Kennard is a great scorer and could certainly provide some firepower to the Bulls offense. He’s projected to be a mid first round pick and some even have Chicago taking him in their mock drafts.
Shane Hammink, Valpo
Shane Hammink, a senior from Valparaiso, was the only player from a non-major conference program in that workout session. A transfer from LSU two seasons ago, Hammink had his best season with Valpo last year, averaging 15.1 points while shooting a whopping 50% from the field. Most draft experts project Hammink to go undrafted or don’t have him in their mocks so this is likely a try out for Chicago’s Summer League team.
Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky
Along with Kennard and Hammink, the Bulls worked out another guard in Isaiah Briscoe from Kentucky. Briscoe only played two years with the Wildcats and averaged 12.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in his final season. Briscoe is an interesting prospect because there is some upside to him. Yet there are major concerns about his game, most specifically his inability to shoot from distance (22.9% career 3-point percentage in college). Briscoe is likely to go undrafted but will most certainly find a spot on someone’s Summer League team. If he can improve his shooting, there could be a spot for him in the league.
Isaiah Hicks, UNC
Isaiah Hicks was the only big man to work out for the Bulls in that group. The senior was a key part of the Tar Heels tournament run, averaging 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. With the Bulls needing help up front, especially at the power forward spot, Hicks could be someone who can give them solid depth. He isn’t projected in the first round in many mock drafts and will be a second round or UDFA add for the Summer League.