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Player profiles: Get ready for the 2015 NBA Draft

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Player profiles: Get ready for the 2015 NBA Draft

In the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, CSN Chicago will provide profiles on 63 of the best prospects. Check as two new profiles are released each day until draft night on June 25.

Click on specific players' names to find additional draft features.

NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT AGE PROFILE
Cliff Alexander Kansas 6'9" 239 19 PROFILE
Justin Anderson Virginia 6'6" 231 21 PROFILE
Brandon Ashley Arizona 6'9" 228 20 PROFILE
Ryan Boatright Connecticut 5'11" 170 22 PROFILE
Devin Booker Kentucky 6'6" 206 18 PROFILE
Anthony Brown Stanford 6'7" 211 22 PROFILE
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 7'1" 242 21 PROFILE
Rakeem Christmas Syracuse 6'10" 243 23 PROFILE
Pat Connaughton Notre Dame 6'5" 215 22 PROFILE
Quinn Cook Duke 6'2" 179 22 PROFILE
Branden Dawson Michigan State 6'7" 230 22 PROFILE
Sam Dekker Wisconsin 6'9" 219 21 PROFILE
George de Paula Brazil 6'6" 197 19 PROFILE
Michael Frazier II Florida 6'4" 199 21 PROFILE
Treveon Graham VCU 6'6" 219 21 PROFILE
Jerian Grant Notre Dame 6'4" 198 22  PROFILE
Olivier Hanlan Boston College 6'4" 186 22 PROFILE
Montrezl Harrell Louisville 6'8" 253 21  PROFILE
Aaron Harrison Kentucky 6'6" 209 20 PROFILE
Andrew Harrison Kentucky 6'6" 213 20  PROFILE
Tyler Harvey E. Washington 6'4" 181 21 PROFILE
Mario Hezonja Croatia 6'8" 200 20 PROFILE
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Arizona 6'7" 211 20 PROFILE
Jonathan Holmes Texas 6'9" 242 22  PROFILE
Richaun Holmes Bowling Green 6'9" 243 21 PROFILE
R.J. Hunter Georgia State 6'6" 185 21 PROFILE
Vince Hunter UTEP 6'8" 208 20  PROFILE
Dakari Johnson Kentucky 7'0" 265 19 PROFILE
Stanley Johnson Arizona 6'7" 242 19  PROFILE
Tyus Jones Duke 6'2" 185 19 PROFILE
Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin 7'1" 231 22  PROFILE
Kevon Looney UCLA 6'9" 222 19 PROFILE
Trey Lyles Kentucky 6'11" 241 19 PROFILE
Jarell Martin LSU 6'9" 239 21 PROFILE
Chris McCullough Syracuse 6'9" 200 20 PROFILE
T.J. McConnell Arizona 6'2" 188 23 PROFILE
Jordan Mickey LSU 6'8" 238 20 PROFILE
Emmanuel Mudiay China 6'5" 200 19 PROFILE
Jahlil Okafor Duke 6'11" 272 19 PROFILE
Kelly Oubre Kansas 6'7" 203 19  PROFILE
Cameron Payne Murray State 6'2" 183 20  PROFILE
Terran Petteway Nebraska 6'6" 209 22 PROFILE
Bobby Portis Arkansas 6'11" 246 20  PROFILE
Norman Powell UCLA 6'4" 215 22 PROFILE
Kristaps Porzingis Latvia 7'0" 220 19 PROFILE
Michael Qualls Arkansas 6'5" 201 21 PROFILE
Terry Rozier Louisville 6'2" 190 21 PROFILE
D'Angelo Russell Ohio State 6'5" 193 19 PROFILE
Keifer Sykes UWM 6'0" 167 21 PROFILE
Marcus Thornton William & Mary 6'3" 177 22  PROFILE
TaShawn Thomas Oklahoma 6'8" 240 22 PROFILE
J.P. Tokoto North Carolina 6'6" 196 21  PROFILE
Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky 7'0" 248 19 PROFILE
Myles Turner Texas 7'0" 239 19  PROFILE
Robert Upshaw Washington 7'0" 258 21 PROFILE
Rashad Vaughn UNLV 6'5" 199 18 PROFILE
Chris Walker Florida 6'9" 208 20 PROFILE
Dez Wells Maryland 6'4" 209 23  PROFILE
Aaron White Iowa 6'9" 220 22  PROFILE
Alan Williams UCSB 6'8" 261 22 PROFILE
Justise Winslow Duke 6'7" 222 19 PROFILE
Christian Wood UNLV 6'11" 216 19 PROFILE
Delon Wright Utah 6'6" 181 23 PROFILE
Joseph Young Oregon 6'2" 182 22 PROFILE

Hoiberg, Bulls already facing touch decisions on Opening Night

Hoiberg, Bulls already facing touch decisions on Opening Night

The Bulls’ starting point guard missing the team’s season opener is less than ideal, but that is the dilemma Fred Hoiberg and company are faced with.
 
Hoiberg made the announcement during shoot around that Kris Dunn would miss the first game of his third NBA season for personal reasons, but noted that his absence is “excused.” 
 
The Bulls will turn to Cameron Payne as they get set to play the Sixers in Philadelphia Thursday night. The 24-year-old guard out of Murray State will be tasked with running the offense against one of the better defensive teams in the league.
 
Because of injuries and the numbers game at guard, Payne hasn’t had a chance to show Bulls fans much since he came over from Oklahoma City in a trade that sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Thunder.
 
“I feel like I can be way better,” Payne said when asked about the opportunity to show what he can do. “I know I didn’t make a lot of shots but it’s really not about that. It’s about getting my team involved and make sure everyone gets the ball in their spots to contribute.”
 
Payne showed flashes over the last 22 games of the 2017-18 season (14 starts), shooting 42 percent from three and averaging 4.6 assists per game in that stretch. The shooting stroke didn’t show up early in the preseason for Payne. 
 
He was better in the team’s final exhibition against Denver and has shown enough to Hoiberg to earn the starting nod. He’ll have his work cut out for him tonight.
 
“Obviously we’ve been working on different coverages based on having a full roster, but things like this happen,” Hoiberg said when asked what this does to his game prep. “It’s going to be electric in here. They’re going to come out and play extremely hard and extremely physical. That’s who they are and we have to be ready for that. It’s a little bit of shock and awe with (the Sixers). You have to weather that first storm and hopefully give ourselves a chance with great effort.”
 
After Payne, the Bulls will have Ryan Arcidiacono as the first point guard off the bench. They’ll also have the services of newcomer Tyler Ulis, who will be in uniform tonight. Hoiberg mentioned that he feels comfortable with Zach Lavine bringing the ball up as well. He also mentioned that Jabari Parker will have his hands on the ball an awful lot with the team’s second unit.
 
The season hasn’t even started yet and the Bulls are already missing several key players. After an impressive rookie season, Lauri Markkanen will start the season on the shelf with a high grade lateral elbow sprain. Denzel Valentine will also miss tonight’s game with an ankle injury. The team may have Cristiano Felicio, also dealing with an ankle injury, depending on his pregame workout goes.
 
“It’s not ideal but it is what it is,” Hoiberg said. “It happens at this level. You just have to go out and do the best job you can. It’s an opportunity for our guys to step up with two of our better players out of the lineup – really three with Denzel as a guy that can make plays in that second unit.”   

Bulls will open against Sixers without Kris Dunn

Bulls will open against Sixers without Kris Dunn

The Bulls faced a steep test opening their 2018-19 campaign against the Philadelphia 76ers.

That task won't become any easier with Kris Dunn missing the game for personal reasons, head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at shootaround on Thursday.

Dunn's exlusion opens up an opportunity for Cameron Payne, who will enter the starting lineup. Payne started 14 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 assists in 26.5 minutes.

It also moves up Ryan Arcidiacono and Tyler Ulis, both of whom will be active, in the rotation. Expect both to see at least some playing time, especially with Denzel Valentine also out while recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in training camp.

It could mean an even bigger evening for Sixers point guard Ben Simmons. The reigning Rookie of the Year posted 19 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists in Philly's season-opening loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.