The Pacers front office and coaching staff shifted their pre-draft prep to another group of prospects on Tuesday. As usual, a couple of big men, wings and point guards settled into the Fieldhouse to match up and try to make a lasting impression.
Only Kelly Oubre (SF, Kansas) would be considered a player in the mix for the Pacers pick at No. 11 in the first round. The highly touted freshman at Kansas didn't live up to the hype in his first (and only) season at Allen Fieldhouse, but he certainly has the skill and upside to make the jump to the Fieldhouse in Indy.
Personally, I'd rather see Oubre make his debut at the Fieldhouse as an opponent, allowing another team to take a shot at developing his NBA game. But my bias is based on his college effort which is dangerous with such young prospects. Fortunately, Pacer GM Kevin Pritchard should have a quality scout on a player from his alma mater to supplement the team's information.
The five other players joining Oubre on Tuesday were Jon Octeus (PG, Purdue), Anthony Brown (SG/SF, Stanford), Cady Lalanne (C, UMass), Luis Montero (PG, Westchester C.C.) and Gabriel Olaseni (C, Iowa).
Conrad Bruner has a nice breakdown of the draft prospects that have come through the Fieldhouse which has been heavy on shooting guards and small forwards, especially when you consider the needs for the team at other spots.
But if the Pacers want to alter their style of play, they need players, regardless of position, so the best player at any position will be able to help.