BOSTON – The Celtics will continue bringing in a wide assortment of potential draftees with two, six-player workouts scheduled for today.
Here’s a glimpse at the six players in for workouts this morning:
Alex Caruso, 6-6, G, Texas A&M
Caruso saw his role diminished this past season in large part because of the influx of talent brought in by the Aggies which led to a Sweet 16 berth this past season. Although Caruso played both guard positions as a senior, he is a point man at this level. He has great court vision and does a solid job defensively, too. However, he tends to look to pass too often and pass up good shot attempts which leads to a lot of turnovers. Best-case scenario for him at this point is to wind up with a team that will give him a legit shot at competing to be the third point guard. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: UNDRAFTED.
Juan Hernangomez, 6-9, F, International
Very productive season internationally, Hernangomez has the potential to create a matchup problem for most teams because of his perimeter-shooting skills for a big man along with the ability and strength to cause problems for teams in the post as well. Defensively, his wingspan is in the 7-foot neighborhood which gives him a chance to be competitive even on nights when he’s outsized. But as a high-energy player, he at times tries to do too much which comes at the expense of taking his teammates out of plays. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS LATE FIRST ROUND, EARLY SECOND.
Damian Jones, 7-0, C, Vanderbilt
Jones, who declared for the draft last fall, has so many of the talents and skills you want in a big man these days. He can run the floor, can play above the rim and has the kind of size right now to where he won’t be pushed around with ease. But his game as a whole has been inconsistent which includes, but is not limited to, his decision-making on the floor. Teams love his skillset as a whole, but he didn’t show enough of a desire to take over games which has some teams worried that his desire to compete isn’t where it should be in order for him to be most effective. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: LATE FIRST ROUND, EARLY SECOND.
Thon Maker, 7-1, F, International - PROSPECT BREAKDOWN
One of the bigger mysteries leading up to the draft, Maker is out to make believers out of his many critics. The first thing you notice when he plays is, he doesn’t take plays off. Playing with such great energy non-stop is a big part of his game. But he is a bit of a challenge as far as where he can play at this level. He has spent the bulk of his prep career on the perimeter, but doesn’t move well enough defensively to play much if any small forward in the NBA. And his lithe frame (he has “bulked” up to 216) makes the idea of him defending power forwards a cringing thought. Still, there’s more than enough intrigue and upside to his game that some team will roll the dice on him. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: LATE FIRST ROUND, EARLY SECOND.
Georgios Papagiannis, 7-2, C, International
A definite draft-and-stash candidate, this 18-year-old’s best days are definitely a ways away. Has good rebounding skills and because of his size and decent mobility, can also help when it comes to protecting the rim. But his conditioning and overall strength need work and his body could be more toned, something that’s likely to happen if he gets into a more rigorous conditioning program. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: LATE SECOND ROUND.
Rasheed Sulaimon, 6-4, SG, Maryland
From the time he arrived in college, Sulaimon began carving out his niche as an elite level defender. With his size and a 6-7 wingspan, he could eventually develop into a 3-point shooting, defensive lockdown kind of player. But there so many questions about him that there’s some concern he may not get that opportunity. An alleged sexual assault eventually led to this promising talent at Duke eventually transferring to Maryland. And while with the Terrapins, he became a somewhat more efficient player but his overall production showed minimal growth. Between summer league, overseas play and the D-League, Sulaimon will get a shot at playing in the NBA even if he goes undrafted. PROJECTED DRAFT STATUS: LATE SECOND, UNDRAFTED.