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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

Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

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Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill discuss the NBA Draft and what happened at the NBA combine that shifted most experts mock drafts.

Kendall also explains why a "promise" to draft a player isn’t guaranteed. He also shares his experience on getting drafted by the Hornets and why he initially felt they were the wrong team for him.

North Carolina "News and Observer" Duke basketball beat writer Jonathan Alexander gives us his opinion on Wendell Carter and the other Duke draft prospects including why he thinks Carter will be a future all-star. Also includes an interview with Carter from the draft combine.

Listen to the full Bulls Talk Podcast right here:

The next preps-to-pros leaper, Anfernee Simons confident 'I'll be able to make this jump'

The next preps-to-pros leaper, Anfernee Simons confident 'I'll be able to make this jump'

Anfernee Simons looks more like a ball boy than a 2018 NBA Draft prospect right now. He’s not considered small, what with having a 6-foot-3 frame with a massive 6-foot-9 wingspan, and he weighed in at last week’s NBA Draft Combine at 183 pounds, “heavier” than Lottery-bound guards like Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Collin Sexton.

But there’s plenty of potential to unpack from the soon-to-be 19-year-old, baby-faced combo guard. Don’t let the appearance fool you. Simons is one of the most talented players in the class, and a team patient enough to let him develop at his own pace could reap major benefits in due time.

You won’t find much video on Simons, as the IMG Academy star is preparing to be the first prospect to go preps-to-pros without a year in college since Thon Maker did so in 2016.

Simons, a consensus five-star recruit in the 2018 class, originally committed to Louisville in November 2016 and then decommitted the following September shortly after Rick Pitino was fired. Since he had graduated from Edgewater High School in Florida and was playing a post-grad year at IMG Academy, he became eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft because he is a year removed from high school. That’s where he played this past season, declaring for the draft and signing with an agent in late March.

“The opportunity is there. Me and my parents talked about it a lot and I feel like I’m confident in myself that I’ll be able to make this jump,” he said at last week’s Combine. “So I just felt like, do it now and not waste any time.”

Simons has been on the radars of NBA teams, even if he’s not a household name like Ayton, Doncic and Bagley. He’s currently projected outside of the Lottery, in part because teams haven’t seen him compete against collegiate level talent and because his wiry frame almost surely means time in the G-League as a rookie. But again, the skill set is there.

Simons is a point guard with solid range beyond the arc. He may struggle off the ball because of his size, though that long wingspan and a quick release from his chest should allow him to get off shots. He’s a blur in transition and finishes well at the rim – his 41.5-inch vertical was tied for third best at the Combine, and his three-quarters court sprint was eighth fastest.

He’s a mixed bag defensively. Wingspan is the fun buzz word these days, and that will help him at the next level, but his small frame means there’s work to be done. A strength and conditioning coach will salivate at bringing Simons into the weight room and getting his body NBA-ready.

“Just staying durable through 82 games,” Simons answered when asked about his biggest challenge physically at the next level. “Taking care of your body is real pivotal so I feel like learning how to take care of my body now is a good thing.”

Simons maturely answered that the “unknown” of his game will be both a positive and minus during the pre-draft process. While fellow prospects he may face in team workouts don’t know as much about him and, thus, his game, teams also need to find out more about Simons’ game and off-court habits.

“Coming in young, people don’t know who I am and haven’t seen me play much. That’s the good side about coming in early,” he said. “It could be the same thing (negatively). People haven’t seen me like that, so I feel like they don’t know who I am. They probably think I’m too young to play in the league.”

Simons met with the Bulls and has scheduled a pre-draft workout with them. Though the Bulls feel like their rebuild could go quicker than anticipated – especially if they hit on their No. 7 pick – there could be plenty to gain from drafting for upside on a player like Simons.

Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne will both be free agents in 2019, and Denzel Valentine’s long-term future isn’t set in stone in Chicago. That leaves plenty of openings in the backcourt behind Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine. Simons won’t be ready to contribute much in 2018-19, but the Bulls wouldn’t need him to. A handful of outlets projected Simons as a top-5 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Bulls could snag him a year earlier, let him develop in Hoffman Estates and bring him up in a year when they’re a step closer to contending.