The Chicago Bulls have continued to do their due diligence on guys from around the country with seemingly little regard for projected draft position.
Here is the fresh batch of prospects at the Advocate Center on Saturday.
Elijah Stewart; USC; 6-foot-5-inch guard
After intending to declare for the draft last season, but not being able to because he missed the deadline on the paperwork, it’s good to see that Stewart has his priorities in order this season.
With 245 long-range bombs in his collegiate career, Stewart became the all-time made 3-point field goal leader in USC history last year. A sniper 3-point shooter with good size for his position who was a productive four-year player for a major program is predictably going to earn a look from the Bulls.
Thomas Wilder; Western Michigan; 6-foot-3-inch guard
The Bulls grant another mid-major program stud a chance to show what he can do. Wilder was top four in the Mid-American Conference in scoring in each of his last three years at Western Michigan. He needs to continue to work on his 3-point shot which inexplicably dropped 12 percentage points from his junior to his senior season. He’ll likely go undrafted, but maybe he latches on with a G League squad and becomes a stud down the line. But, he is definitely worth a look given his collegiate production.
Duncan Robinson; Michigan; 6-foot-8-inch wing
For starters, Robinson shares an agent with David Nwaba and Quincy Pondexter.
But Gar/Pax jabbing aside, Robinson is a good player who was a career 41.9 percent 3-point shooter for Michigan. He made the jump all the way from Division III ball to almost winning a National Championship at Michigan so he has quite a story. He’s also an intangibles guy, a team captain who gracefully handled losing his starting job and embracing a bench role his senior season.
Jalen McDaniels; San Diego State; 6-foot-10-inch forward
He’s....a....freshman!!! Of the redshirt variety, but still a freshman.
Young, raw, tool-sy player. He has good length for his position and is athletic and also has a great motor. He put up 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in his freshman season at SDSU. Per NBA Scouting Live.
Jalen McDaniels is an athletic, combo forward that has recently decided to enter the 2018 NBA Draft. He is a very good finisher around the basket, he rebounds the ball well, and he will make high motor plays on both ends of the floor. However, he may need to expand his skill set offensively.
Kendrick Nunn; Oakland; 6-foot-3-inch guard
A high profile high school recruit from Simeon, Nunn was a big get for the University of Illinois. His time at the U of I ended after a misdemeanor battery charge at the end of 2016 and he transferred over to Oakland for his senior season.
After averaging 25.9 points per game (second in the NCAA behind Trae Young) at Oakland, the Horizon League Conference named him as their player of the year. A pure scorer with a nice balance of volume and efficiency, he also has good handles and is very athletic.
By necessity, his playmaking skills improved at Oakland as he doubled his assist percentage from his time with the Illini. But his most marketable NBA skill will always be his scoring.
Trevon Bluiett; Xavier; 6-foot-6-inch wing
He’s been one of the best players the last two years in arguably the best conference in college basketball (Big East).
This guy showed up in mock drafts throughout the year as even a fringe first-round talent in some places. Is he good enough to go at No. 22 when the Bulls will be drafting? Probably not. But, he’s a highly cerebral player who comes from a winning program and who is a good 3-point shooter so that’s why he is appealing.
However, there are athleticism issues with Bluiett which create questions over whether he can guard his position at the next level.