While we can be pretty sure that top overall prospect Markelle Fultz is not going to make a public visit to the Phoenix Suns facilities this month, and while mercurial prospect Lonzo Ball is playing possum with everyone but the Lakers, the Phoenix Suns are wasting no time getting the rest of the top prospects into town.
The prospect train predictably starts with a pair of Kentucky Wildcat teammates to potentially add to the Suns stable of Wildcat guards Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Tyler Ulis and Brandon Knight.
According to his instagram, Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk got into town yesterday.
Malik Monk's latest instagram story pic.twitter.com/ii8liYiKGc— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) June 5, 2017
Which likely means he is here for one of his official visits with the Suns. Each team is allowed up to two visits from any one player (one for 24 hours, one for 48 hours).
Monk will likely get a solo workout separate from the regular group today. That regular group will be revealed later this morning, and will likely include one of more candidates for the #32 overall pick.
Monk is the highest-rated player to be linked to a Phoenix visit yet, but that’s just to get the ball rolling.
It appears that De’Aaron Fox is visiting Phoenix this week too.
De’Aaron Fox getting into his visits. Sacramento (5) today, scheduled for Phoenix (4) later in week, Lakers (2) and Philly (3) next week.— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) June 5, 2017
Fox is now projected to go 4th overall to the Suns, according to DraftExpress.com, while Monk is projected to go a bit later on at 8th overall.
I don't think anyone really knows what the Suns will do on draft night. Of course, it depends on which players are taken 1-3, but could also partially depend on these visits to Phoenix and the players’ potential fit with the team. As Jared Dudley put it weeks ago, the Suns should draft the best player first and then build a team around a pairing of that player and Booker.
Expect the Suns to get most of the #4 candidates into town over the next two weeks.
Most of Josh Jackson (3), Jayson Tatum (5) and Jonathan Isaac (6) should all be in play for the Suns with the 4th overall pick, as well as Monk and Fox.