The Bulls are bringing in a LOT of prospects this summer. Seemingly all are more for 2nd round (Bulls have pick #38) and/or the Summer League roster GLeague types.
As always, if I missed anyone, please comment below!
Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan
From Ontario, Ignas Brazdeikis was one of Michigan’s bright spots offensively. In his freshman year for the Wolverines, he averaged 14.3 points on with a TS% of 57.3 and shot 39.2% on three-pointers. At 6’7, Brazdeikis is able to use his body to power over smaller defenders and has shown that he can knock down shots from long range. He also showed some ability on the glass with 5.4 rebounds per game. In terms of all around offensive game, Brazdeikis isn’t likely going to be facilitator with an assist rate of 6.1 while in Ann Arbor. But his scoring ability should be enough to excite teams.
There are questions about his defense and where exactly he would fit in an NBA system. At 6’7, he could possibly play power forward in small ball scenarios with his shooting but matchup against bigger players will be an issue. As long as he keeps shooting the three-ball consistently or around the same average, there is a role for him on an NBA roster. Most mocks have Brazdeikis as a second round pick so he there is a good chance he’s on the board when Chicago picks 38th.
D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State
After winning the Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2017-18, D’Marcus Simonds production took a bit of a drop in this junior year at Georgia State. His points per game, TS%, eFG% and AST% all went down. But still there is a lot to like about Simonds game. He has shown that he can certainly score the basketball and put up points in a hurry. Although he’s only 6’3, Simonds can go right past guys or take the contact and still finish at the hoop. Defensively he seems to rate out ok with a defensive box plus/minus at 0.1.
However there will be concerns about Simonds ability to do anything else offensively other than go to the rim. His shooting numbers don’t look that great with a career three-point and free throw percentage of 28.3 and 69 respectively. It will be tough for teams to stretch the floor when he’s on the court so defenses will be fine with letting him shoot it from there. This is going to have to be something he takes a massive leap in. Simonds isn’t projected to be taken in the draft but he certainly can earn himself a two-way contract by a good Summer League performance.
Josh Perkins, Gonzaga
In addition to all the guards they have worked out prior, the Bulls had another lead ball handler in this group. Josh Perkins was one of the elder statesmen for Mark Few’s Gonzaga squad. As a fifth-year senior Perkins averaged 11 points, 6.3 assists, with a true shooting percentage of 57.6%. He was the clear ball handler for the Gonzaga offense and got everyone into the right places. Perkins excelled in this role of being a floor general and on a talented squad such as the Bulldogs he helped in keeping everyone involved as evident with his 30.1 AST%.
While it’s clear Perkins can certainly be a lead ball handler, his entire offensive game is still a work in progress. His shooting numbers don’t really pop off the charts although he is an average three-point shooter at 36.6%. He shoots 81% from the line which means he can improve as a shooter. Defensively, Perkins might struggle a bit due to his size when it comes to handling bigger guards/ball handlers. With his ability to distribute the basketball and his average shooting, Perkins should get some looks for being on some Summer League teams.
Juwan Morgan, Indiana
After testing out the draft waters in 2018, Juwan Morgan decided to go back to Indiana for a final season with the Hoosiers. There he enjoyed another solid season as he average 15.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and had a TS% of 60.5. At 6’8, Morgan played a lot of power forward for the Hoosiers and showed his ability to control the glass while also being a scoring presence. He had a DRB% of 20.8 for IU and shot 63.6% on his two-point attempts. Morgan was also somewhat of a rim protecter with 1.5 blocks per game. It remains to be seen how that will translate in the NBA.
It is possible for Morgan to be a small-ball five in the NBA but he will have to really improve his outside shooting to make that happen. Morgan shot only 29.5% from three on just 2.5 attempts per game. His free throw shooting shows no positive signs of him improving either. He shot 64.7% in his final season at IU and for his career is at 67.1%. For most players FT% is a good indication of what type of shooter they are and it doesn’t bode well for Morgan. But he still has shown the capabilities of being a decent NBA player, especially with his inside scoring and rebounding. If the Bulls want to take a chance on a guy and improve their frontcourt at No. 38, Morgan will be there.
Matur Maker, Zlatorg Lasko
Matur Maker was one of the few international prospects the Bulls have worked out so far. The younger brother of Detroit Piston Thon Maker, Matur most recently played in Slovenia for Zlatorg Lasko. He entered in the draft pool last season but decided to withdraw and work on his game over in Europe for a year. They finished 8th in the Slovenian league and Maker was one of their top performers. He was third in points per game (15.6) and first in rebounds at 9.6. Maker also was their best shot blocker with 1.1 blocks per game. Maker also spent some time playing for Union Neuchatel Basket over in Switzerland.
At 6’11 and with a massive wingspan, Maker should able to guard multiple positions in the NBA and bother players when contesting. The wingspan also aids his defense, particularly at the rim and rotating over. However there isn’t a lot of coverage on the younger Maker brother, particularly cause he played in Europe. But back in 2018, SI’s Jeremy Woo wrote a great story on him.
Lagerald Vick, Kansas
It was a weird time in Lawerence, Kanas for Lagerald Vick as the season came to a close. After playing in 36 and 39 games in his last two seasons, Vick only appeared in 23 games for the Jayhawks in 2018-19. Vick didn’t play any games for Kansas after February 5th, missing both the conference and the NCAA tournament.
Despite that, Vick averaged 14.1 points last year and displayed his ability to knock down three-point shots at an extremely high rate. Vick shot 45.5% from three and for his KU career shot at 40.5%. The numbers get even better when you consider the volume of shots he was taking. Vick took 10.9 threes per 100 possessions and showed that this is his shining ability to get him noticed by NBA teams. He’s shown other offensive skills with some rebounding (11.1 DRB%) and passing (10.8%).
Vick can score in a hurry and can be a solid contributor off the bench for most teams. He’s shown ok ability defending the ball. Vick will definitely be in the pool of candidates for the second round if a team wants to take a chance on him.
Jared Harper, Auburn
The Auburn Tigers run to the Final Four was one of the nicer stories in college basketball last season and Jared Harper was a big part of it. He was the catalyst to a fast and furious Tigers offense. In his junior year Harper averaged 15.3 points and 5.8 assists for Bruce Pearl’s team. They loved to push the pace and shot a lot of three’s. Harper was no exception as he shot 37% on 11.6 attempts per 100 possessions. He was also Auburn’s main facilitator with an AST% of 32.4 and took advantage of the Tigers wrecking havoc on opposition transition defenses.
Questions will be asked about his size because at 5’11 he will have trouble guarding even the smaller guards in the league. The lack of defensive versatility will hurt his draft stock as teams will try and pick on him at times. His efficiency needs a bit more improvement with a TS% of 56.3 and an eFG 50.5%. He’s not going to get as many shots as he would in Auburn so improving the clip at which he knocks them down is crucial. In terms of getting drafted, Harper should certainly be someone to consider in the latter parts of the second round. His play in Summer League will likely determine if he gets a chance with an NBA/G-League team.
Dino Radonic, UCAM Murcia
This was one of the two prospects from overseas who worked out for the Bulls in this group. At 20 years old, Dino Radonic already has five years of playing experience in Europe. While he’s currently listed on Real Madrid’s roster, he was loaned out before signing with UCAM Murcia in January. Playing for San Pablo Burgos and Murcia, Radonic averaged 3.7 and 5.1 points respectively while shooting 46.6% from the field. At 6’8 and so young, there is a lot of room for improvement with Radonic and any team who selects him should know they are investing in a project. Over at The Stepien, there was a good primer on who Radonic was at the beginning of last season.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
In a competitive conference such as the Big Ten, the Wisconsin Badgers used Ethan Happ as their Superman. He did everything for the Badgers and was their go-to offensively. Happ averaged around 17 points in his last two seasons for Wisconsin with his usage at 34.9 and 33.6% respectively. At 6’10, Happ is able to bully defenders and scores with relative ease in the paint. He only shoots a 52.5 TS% so the efficiency could use an uptick but Happ is still able to put up numbers. Happ was good on the boards with 10.1 rebounds per game and showed some nice ability to find open teammates with 4.5 assists per game with an AST% of 35.6.
However there are concerns at how he will fare in today’s NBA with his lack of shooting ability. Happ doesn’t even try to shoot from distance with a carer 3-point percentage of 0.63 and and attempts only 0.3 per 100 possessions. Being a non-factor from three will hurt his draft stock and it pigeon holes his offensive ability although he’s displayed solid passing and can score in the paint. If a team thinks they can get him to shoot even a little bit better in the pro’s, Happ could be worth taking in the second round but it’s likely we will see his name pop up first on Summer League rosters.
Kyle Guy, Virginia
Along with Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy was part of a stellar Virginia backcourt. He averaged 15.4 points and was an amazing shooter with a three-point percentage of 42.6% on 13.8 attempts (per 100 possessions). With a TS% of 60.9, he has good efficiency shooting the ball but in terms of being a pure facilitator or being more versatile, Guy has to improve in those areas. He had an AST% of 11.6 for the Cavaliers as Jerome handled a lot of the ball handling duties. With a defensive box plus/minus of 2.0, he is a decent defender but there is concern about his size at 6’2 and if he can guard 2’s in the NBA.
Obviously the shooting stands out for Guy and if he can keep knocking them down at this rate, NBA teams will be intrigued. However he is small, which will give him problems on defense, and you would like to see more from him offensively than be just a pure shooter. Guy could be a guy worth stashing in the G-League.
Aric Holman, Mississippi State
This was the third player from Mississippi State the Bulls have worked out thus far and this time it’s a big man in Aric Holman. At 6’10, Holman stretched the floor for the Bulldogs, shooting 42.9% from three with his three-point rate being the exact same number. This is something which should intrigue scouts with Holman being able to be a small-ball four or possibly five. His free throw numbers over the course of his college career did improve each year, which bodes well for his future shooting percentages. Overall he needs to shore up the rest of his offensive game. At 6’10 you would like to see the rebound numbers jump up just a bit.
Like many players on this list, Holman could carve out a nice role coming off the bench in the NBA, especially with his shooting and size.
Tyus Battle, Syracuse
After entering and withdrawing last season, Tyus Battle went back to Syracuse and put up similar numbers in the 2018-19 season. He averaged 17.2 points and 2.5 assists for the Orange and put up 16 points in their first round loss to Baylor in the NCAA tournament. From a pure numbers perspective, it doesn’t seem much improvement for Battle from his sophomore to junior year, which raises questions about if his draft stock has risen. At 6’6 he has decent size for a wing but there are a lot of issues with his shooting. He had a TS% of 53.1 and the eFG doesn’t look great either at 47.9%. Battle is a below average three-point shooter and doesn’t take them too much however with an attempt-rate of 30.
Battle needs to improve his scoring efficiency to get real looks from NBA teams. He showed at Syracuse he can put the ball in the basket but needs to improve in other areas of his game. Battle should get a look on some Summer League teams.