Player profiles: Get ready for the 2015 NBA Draft


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.

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

2-time All-Star Luol Deng signs 1-day contract to retire as a Bull

2-time All-Star Luol Deng signs 1-day contract to retire as a Bull

Luol Deng experienced plenty of highs and lows throughout his nine-plus seasons with the Bulls.

But his love for the organization that acquired him in a 2004 draft-day trade never wavered, even after it traded him to the Cavaliers in January 2014 in a move to exit the luxury tax.

That’s why Deng signed a ceremonial, one-day contract Thursday so that he could retire as a Bull.

“From the moment we made Luol Deng the seventh overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls became a better team,” Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. “Luol carried himself with first-class professionalism and leadership, helping lead his Bulls team to eight playoff appearances during his time in Chicago. We’ll always remember his All-Star career and the fierce competitiveness he brought to both ends of the floor every night.”

“We’re very fortunate and humbled that Luol has chosen to retire as a Chicago Bull,” Bulls COO Michael Reinsdorf said. “He was a role model on and off the court during his nine-plus years in Chicago, and he gave everything he had to help us win. I want to thank Luol for not only what he accomplished on the court for the team, but also for the leadership he demonstrated through his philanthropic efforts.”

Deng, a two-time All-Star, is all over the franchise leaderboard. He’s tied for fourth by playing in parts of 10 seasons with the Bulls. He’s sixth in games played, fifth in minutes, fourth in points, fifth in field goals, ninth in rebounds, fifth in steals, seventh in 3-pointers and eighth in free throws.

But Deng’s impact with the Bulls moved past numbers. When he arrived with Ben Gordon, one season after the Bulls drafted Kirk Hinrich, Deng helped pull the Bulls from their post-dynasty funk and transform them into a perennial playoff team. He chose to play through a torn wrist ligament so that he could represent his adopted homeland of Great Britain at the 2014 Summer Olympics.

He became a two-time All-Star as Tom Thibodeau’s indispensable, two-way forward, consistently ranking near the top of the NBA in minutes played. And his community service through his Luol Deng Foundation featured Chicago and global reach.

The day after the trade to the Cavaliers, Deng talked to this author at length while standing inside the Cavaliers practice facility.

"I had an opportunity to play for a great organization. I've been very lucky to play 10 years for the only team that I ever knew as a kid," Deng said that January 2014 day. "I only knew Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls when I was 7 years old and in Egypt. For me to be the fourth-leading scorer on that team, did I ever think a refugee kid in Egypt would even play for the Bulls? There's a lot of amazing things that have happened."

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Kris Dunn takes team-first approach to reserve role behind Tomas Satoransky

Kris Dunn takes team-first approach to reserve role behind Tomas Satoransky

Not even a reserve role can shake Kris Dunn’s resolve.

Continuing his completely different tone from the end of last season in his comments to reporters, Dunn took the news that he’ll back up Tomas Satoransky in stride Thursday in advance of the Bulls’ final preseason game versus the Hawks.

“Just being positive, cheering guys on. Just bringing my energy. I’m an energetic guy. That’s just my personality. I just bring it to the gym and allow that good energy to resonate on the floor and to the other guys,” Dunn said at the Advocate Center. “You need (depth) in the league. There are going to be games where the starters come out flat and the second unit is going to have to pick it up and allow them to come back in and finish the game. Just having depth is a good thing because injuries occur. You need backups you can trust.”

At the tail end of last season, as Dunn got publicly challenged by executive vice president John Paxson and phased out of the Bulls’ core in the team’s public comments, the guard acted sullen at times. But he reported to voluntary September workouts with a renewed energy and mental approach after a self-proclaimed offseason of reflection.

“I just appreciate Coach (Jim Boylen) talking to me and being straightforward and being truthful to me,” Dunn said. “I’m going to do my job and do what’s best for the team.”

Dunn started two of the first four preaseason games but largely played with reserves. Does he feel he got a fair shot at keeping his starting job?

“I’m not really going to speak on that. I feel I’m in a great spot. I love what the coaching staff is doing with me and the team. We have a great group of guys,” Dunn said. “We’re going to play hard every game and hopefully make that playoff push.”

And Dunn, who recorded six steals last Friday in Indiana, believes he still has an important role.

“My greatest strength right now is defense. I know that. My teammates know that. It’s no surprise to the team,” he said. “I bring it each day.”

Boylen is appreciative of Dunn’s attitude.

“Before I could even get out the words, ‘Kris, I’m going to bring you off the bench to start the season,’ he had already said, ‘Coach, I’m going to do whatever you need me to do and I’m ready for what you want me to do.’ Before I could even get it out. It was a two-minute conversation,” Boylen said. “I’ve always said he has great heart for the team. He has always been very coachable. He accepts criticism. He owns his mistakes. His response is all about the team and what we’re trying to build. It’s role definition and it’s role acceptance. His role acceptance is off the charts.”

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