No better way to spend a couple of off days in the playoffs than to take a peek ahead at the NBA draft prospects that may be available for the Indiana Pacers at No. 23 in the June draft.
Fortunately, ESPN's Chad Ford released the second version of his mock draft and delivers an intriguing prospect for the Pacers. At No. 23, Ford has the Pacers taking German point guard Dennis Schroeder. I first heard of the 19-year-old prospect after writing a bit about his showing at the Nike Hoop Summit in April. He quickly piqued my interest.
Schroeder's stock has been rising ever since so if he can show up well in pre-draft work, his rise may surge past No. 23. But for now, I must say I was excited to see this name. The Pacers did pretty well with high risk, high reward picks when they chose Paul George and Lance Stephenson. Schroeder still fits that description, but also has good measurements for a point guard, as Ford mentions in his analysis of the pick.
Dennis Schroeder Indiana Pacers
COUNTRY: Germany | AGE: 19 | HT: 6-2 | WT: 168 | POS: PG
Analysis: Indiana is thrilled with George Hill's production but still hasn't found the right fit at backup point guard. Schroeder could be a steal for the Pacers here. He's super quick, has a 6-foot-7 wingspan and sees the floor really well. He wowed teams at the Nike Hoop Summit, and if he doesn't fall to the Pacers, I could see him going as high as No. 16 to the Celtics.
In Ford's 1.0 mock draft, he had the Pacers taking a flyer on developing big man Rudy Gobert. This time around, Ford has Gobert jumping up to No. 17 with the Atlanta Hawks.
Here is the DraftExpress profile of Schroeder along with some highlights from his work at the Hoop Summit. Any other players you hope the Pacers target at No. 23.