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Suns Continue To Search For Late Draft Finds

The Suns today worked out four players:

Of those, the standouts were Fields and Koshwal, who Steve Kerr talked about (see below).

Mac Koshwal, 6' 10", PF, Depaul

Long, powerful forward with nice handle and face up game. Still raw in the post. Rebounds well.

Steve Kerr talking about Koshwal - June 22, 2010

Mac just goes hard, every single play. I think I first saw him play about two years ago against UCLA, he seemed to get every single rebound. He never stops, he never quits. He's very raw offensively but he's super athletic and bouncy and competes every possession.

He's got a similar game (to Lou Amundson). He'll create extra possessions and get on the floor and bring the type of energy that lifts a team up coming off the bench.

NBA says

Strengths: Physical specimen type of interior force … A powerful post player with unusual face up ability … An excellent rebounder (10.1 per game) who uses his size, length (huge wingspan), strength and speed well to be a menace on the boards … At his best when crashing the glass or taking bigger opponents away from the basket and then using his foot speed and ball handling ability to blow by them … Extremely adept at offensive rebounding (nearly 4 offensive rpg) …

Has the size and strength to do damage in the paint, but seems too enamored with facing the basket and has never bothered to truly polish his post skills … Doesn’t do a good job of posting up and creating a base for guards to feed him inside. Instead allows weaker forwards to root him away from the basket and often starts his offensive situations further from the basket than necessary … Should really be able to advance this area of his game with such physical strength and quickness … Shows flashes of his considerable talent but struggles to truly put it all together and be a consistent force …

Gavin Edwards, 6' 9", PF, UConn

A local kid from Gilbert, Gavin isn't making too many waves.

Draft Express says:

Gavin Edwards struggled during his three games here, looking physically overmatched in the post on both offense and defense, while coasting through the game at times, not showing to be the most active or tough-minded player around. He did show some promise with his mid-range jump shot, not a surprise given his solid 78% FT% on the season, but he struggled putting the ball in the basket in other ones, be it posting up or just finishing around the rim.

Marquis Gilstrap, 6' 7", SF/PF, Iowa State

Tough, aggressive, athletic and raw. says

Strengths: A strong and athletic wing player who is physically ready for the next level … He has a nice mix of tools that he brings to the game, and he is able to contribute in a variety of ways … A lanky player with a good build, he can get to the basket and use his body to finish plays ... He shows a decent first step, and can get to the basket using jabs out of the triple threat ... As a jump shooter, his form is pretty good and he is a capable threat from beyond the arc ... He is very good from midrange, where he has a well balanced pull up, shooting it with good elevation and rhythm ... As a rebounder, he is extremely effective, because he can use his physicality and athleticism to go get the ball ... Has the ability to block shots ...

Weaknesses: Can do a number of things well, but doesn't have one area that he is great at ... His perimeter game lacks polish, and he is not very effective attacking off the dribble ... He is a fairly inconsistent shooter, needing to get into a rhythm before he can make shots ... He is not the smoothest player when attacking the basket, needing an extra step to gather himself before exploding


Landry Fields, 6' 7", SF, Stanford

Athletic, long, smart, versatile.

Steve Kerr talking about Fields - June 22, 2010

Landry's a good player. Versatile. Does a lot of things out on the floor, always seems to be in the mix. Got a little bit of Jared Dudley in him in  terms of taking charges and making plays and creating extra possessions and he's a pretty talented offensive player too, averaged 22 points a game at Standford. Rebounds well. Very nice player.

He's a bright kid. Obviously, you don't get into Stanford unless you're a pretty smart kid so he's very aware and understands the game well. We saw him a lot in college being out here in the Pac-10 we saw him quite a bit.

Draft Express says:

Fields has blossomed into a major mismatch threat at the college level due to his big wingspan, solid athleticism, and ability to play both inside and outside. However, standing just 6-7 and falling a bit between positions, Fields still has a lot to prove to NBA scouts regarding his pro potential.

Displaying a solid first step, nice ball-handling ability, and a knack for using his length and smarts effectively to get his shot off over defenders, Fields is a tough cover for small forwards, let alone the occasional four-man that steps out to defend him. Able to attack the basket and finish with either hand, he looks equally comfortable driving after facing up in the mid-post or operating from the perimeter. Using jabs and jump-stops very effectively, displaying a nice floater, and showing toughness and creativity around the rim, Fields does an excellent job of creating scoring chances on the interior as his outstanding 8.6 free-throw attempts per-contest indicate.

Aside from his ability to put points on the board, Fields impacts the game in a number of other ways. A capable passer and rebounder, Fields displays a good basketball IQ, and while he’s not looking to make passes when he puts the ball on the floor, he shows good court vision and will hit the open cutter and deliver crisp passes back out to the perimeter when defenders collapse to deny his penetration.

Defensively, Fields successfully uses his length to make an impact in the passing lanes and contest shots. Displaying active hands and a good effort level overall, Fields ranks amongst the top-20 players in steals per-game in our database. Though he doesn’t have outstanding lateral quickness, he doesn’t get beat off the dribble too often on the NCAA level, and shows good discipline forcing his defender to drive into help and pursuing the ball aggressively off the rim after shots go up.

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