It’s a busy weekend for the Sixers.
A day after attending the Elite Skills Training pro day in Miami, the team has representatives at the Relativity Sports agent-run pro day at IMG Academy in Orlando. Vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley and director of basketball operations/scouting innovation Vince Rozman, who was at Saturday’s pro day, traveled there to scout talent.
Projected first-round picks Skal Labissiere and Juan Hernangomez stand out among the group of draft prospects and free agents.
The Sixers hold the first, 24th and 26th picks. While the No. 1 pick is widely considered a two-man race between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, there are more options later in the first round. President of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo has said the team will consider all avenues, including swapping picks and selecting an international player who plans to stay overseas. The Sixers are also considering trading both 24 and 26 in a package to move up in the draft, according to a source.
Labissiere is ranked as a lottery pick. The big man out of Kentucky interviewed with the Sixers during the draft combine last month, where he measured 6-foot-11-and-three-quarter inches with a standing reach of eight feet-nine-and-a-half-inches. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks his freshman year before declaring for the draft. Labissiere, 20, previously told CSNPhilly.com he is working on gaining more strength to play down low while also expanding his shot. (Check out a video of him shooting threes).
Hernangomez, 20, is a player who could be available at the Sixers’ 24th or 26th picks. The 6-9 forward from Spain averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds for Movil Estudiantes in Spain this season.
The draft prospect group is rounded out by Kyle Collinsworth (Brigham Young), Jaleel Cousins (South Florida), brother of Kings’ center DeMarcus, Elgin Cook (Oregon), Shaq Goodwin (Memphis), Ilja Gromovs (Latvia), Anthony Odunsi (Houston Baptist), Torrance Rowe (Tennessee Tech) and Jamari Traylor (Kansas).
Former Sixer Arnett Moultrie is among the free agents. Moultrie appeared in 59 games (3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds) during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He has been playing overseas.
The other free agents there are Antonio Barton, Dwight Buycks, Devin Cherry, Bernard James, Ognjen Kuzmic, Eric Moreland, Boubacar Moungoro, Ronald Rudson, Rodrigues dos Reis, D-League MVP Jarnell Stokes, Adonis Thomas and Chris Walker.
Twenty-three NBA teams traveled to the Relativity Sports pro day Sunday.