This workout was originally billed as a mass group workout, but evolved into an individual workout for Ben McLemore (Big Board Ranking No. 2) and the other six involved in the group. McLemore is only doing individual workouts starting here with the Phoenix Suns and up next he heads to the Orlando Magic.
McLemore, the former Kansas Jayhawks star, is projected to go in the Top 5 and is the consensus No. 2 overall prospect looking at ESPN, Draft Express, and NBA Draft Insider.
The rest of the group included Victor Oladipo (8), Shabazz Muhammad (12), E.J. Singler (NA), Cody Zeller (10), Rudy Gobert (5), Alex Len (4), and Jared Berggren (NA).
Of that group only Singler and Berggren stand out as those may not belong as fringe second round prospects, but both give unique match-ups for the top tier prospects. Singler played his ball in the PAC12 for Oregon and Berggren with Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Overall this group allowed new General Manager Ryan McDonough and new head coach Jeff Hornacek the opportunity to meet the players and get to know them on a deeper level. All the top prospects have either gone out to dinner or lunch with the team including McLemore last night. All of the top prospects are options for the team with their No. 5 overall pick.
After the workout McDonough commented on the workout and his comments indicate that McLemore and Oladipo are about neck-and-neck on his rankings. He did not delve into detail, but his comments on the two seem to be that he is very high on both and does not favor one over the other.
Here is a scouting take on the group:
- Ben McLemore -- Kansas -- Freshman shooting Guard: Full Scouting Report
- Alex Len -- Maryland -- Sophomore center: Full Scouting Report
- Rudy Gobert -- France -- 1992 center: Full Scouting Report
- Victor Oladipo -- Indiana -- Junior shooting guard: Full Scouting Report
- Cody Zeller -- Indiana -- Sophomore center: Full Scouting Report
- Shabazz Muhammad -- UCLA -- Freshman wing: Full Scouting Report
- E.J. Singler -- Oregon -- Senior wing: Through four years with the Ducks he proved to be a very smart, team oriented player that could really shoot the ball. He lacks NBA level strength and athleticism, but makes up for that with a strong basketball IQ.
- Jared Berggren -- Wisconsin -- Senior forward/center: He is a classic big man that plays hard, strong, and rebounds the ball. In college he knew his role and played it, but has the potential to score more on offense and has never played in a true up-tempo style like the NBA predominately is.