Ten more days until draft night, are you ready?
Over the past four days, the Bulls have continued the formality of conducting group workouts with prospects from all over the country. Some of them have a realistic chance to hear their name called by the Bulls on June 21. Others because of hometown or university proximity have garnered workout time as well.
Here’s the latest roundup of the talent the Bulls have evaluated from June 8 until June 11 per Bulls.com.
June 11 Workout:
First the headliner: Mr. Kevin Knox.
Normally being the best player on Kentucky means you are a shoo-in for a top 10 pick.
However, Knox is still growing into his body and learning the game but that’s all okay because he doesn’t turn 19 until August and he already has the physical tools and athleticism the NBA covets.
Even though he’s about as raw as they come, Knox did put up good per game totals (15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 50.9 percent shooting overall and 34.1 percent from 3-point land) in his one season at Kentucky.
This graphic makes Knox even more enticing....
Kevin Knox has similar dimensions to rookie sensation Jayson Tatum and a young Paul George— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) June 3, 2018
He is arguably the most talented combo forward in the 2018 #nbadraft in terms of sheer ability + upside as one of this class' youngest players >> https://t.co/msy1oqzAFd pic.twitter.com/16WNDHKHel
- Bryant McIntosh, guard, Northwestern
McIntosh and the rest of his Wildcat teammates had their dream season in 2017 when they led the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. McIntosh was the catalyst that made that offense hum.
- Donovan Jackson, guard, Iowa State
Resist the Iowa State jokes....
He was a Cyclone after Fred Hoiberg left and according to his recruiting profile on 247Sports.com Hoiberg wasn’t the primary guy who recruited him out of high school. Jackson averaged 15.0 points on an Iowa State team that wasn’t very good.
- Jae’Sean Tate, forward, Ohio State
First off, that first name has to be top five coolest in the draft. For people to actually remember it, he’ll have to greatly improve his shooting (27.7 percent from 3-point land in college) to fit in as a small-ball forward in the NBA (he’s only 6-foot-4-inches tall).
- Jeff Roberson, forward, Vanderbilt
The year after he leaves, Vanderbilt has suddenly compiled the 12th-best recruiting class in the country according to 247sports.com. The Commodores probably wish they could add Roberson and his 16.9 points per game on 47.8 percent from the field to that mix this upcoming season.
- Nick Dixon, guard, Texas-Rio Grande Valley
The Chicago area has a seemingly unending surplus of talent, with Dixon a much less heralded star from Proviso West. He averaged the most points per game in the Western Athletic Conference last season with 20.3.
June 8 Workout:
- Aaron Holiday, guard, UCLA
Is a third Holiday destined to make it to the NBA? Although he’s an undersized point guard, he’s a late first round/ second round talent and the latest mock draft from The Athletic has him going No. 16.
- Josh Okogie, guard, Georgia Tech
He finished fourth in the cutthroat ACC last season in scoring average (18.2 points per game), and although he doesn’t score the ball particularly efficiently (41.6 percent overall), he does have long-range shooting chops (38 percent from 3-point land) and good size at the guard positon (6-foot-4-inches).
- Scottie Lindsey, guard, Northwestern
It isn’t surprising that the best player on the local Big Ten team would get a look. I watched him drop 25 points on DePaul at Wintrust Arena in December, and he’s impressive in terms of his on-ball defense and wingspan.
- Giddy Potts, guard, Middle Tennessee State University
He dropped 19 points in the game where No. 15 seeded MTSU downed Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament in 2016. Denzel Valentine was on that Michigan State team.
- Chimezie Metu, forward, USC
There’s a lot to like about the 6-foot-11-inch, hyper-athletic Metu. Too bad the Bulls don’t have a second round pick to burn in this draft....
Kameron Chatman, guard, Detroit
Chatman went to Michigan for two years, it didn’t work out, so he transferred over to Detroit and dominated in his one season there. He averaged 17.8 points on 47.2 percent from the field, slotting in at No. 4 in the Horizon League in points per game.