The Phoenix Suns fourth day of pre-draft workouts included six players all from the DX Top 100.
But first, let's get this out of the way:
"It would be an honor, and it'd be fun, to coach your alma mater, but [we] came here with a purpose and the purpose is to get the Phoenix Suns back on track," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said on Friday at US Airways Center, where the Suns are holding pre-draft workouts.
So enough of that Iowa State talk. For now.
First seen on the web from Shams Charania of RealGM, the Suns are making moves:
- assistant coach Kenny Gattison is leaving the team
- NBA D-League coach Nate Bjorkgren is joining the Suns in a player development role
West will continue to work with the Suns' big men on the floor, particularly when they are in Phoenix. He has a successful, strong relationship with Alex Len and Markieff Morris. His new role as a director of player relations will focus on mentoring a young Suns team that had behavioral issues on and off the court last season.
Norte Dame point guard Jerian Grant is the biggest name the Suns have had participate in the pre-draft workouts so far. Grant is projected to be drafted anywhere from late lottery to the end of the first round.
Some mock drafts have Grant going near the Suns, but not many have him slotted there. Grant is a seasoned (four-year career) player who plays... wait for it... combo guard with a bent toward the point.
Both Ryan McDonough and Jeff Hornacek said it was the most talented group of guys they have worked out so far this offseason.
Joining Grant in the workouts was PF Darion Atkins from Virginia, PG/SG Olivier Hanlan from Boston College, SF/SG Darrun Hilliard from Villanova, PF Richaun Holmes from Bowling Green, and SG J.P. Tokoto from North Carolina.
Olivier Hanlan won the infamous three minute run this morning with twenty-eight court lengths.
Darion Atkins talks about where he fits in the NBA and his favorite player Draymond Green:
Darrun Hilliard talks about his pre-draft workout experience: