Six prospects will take part in the Indiana Pacers' second pre-draft workout, including four seniors among the mix. But as usual with the NBA Draft, the headliners are the two underclassman, including Vanderbilt point guard Wade Baldwin IV. Baldwin averaged 14 point and five assists for the tournament bound Commodores, earning second team All-SEC honors.
Baldwin's wingspan is an eye-opener, with his 6'3" height complimented by a 6'10" wingspan, but was mired with inconsistencies even as an improving sophomore. SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor highlighted those inconsistencies in a January piece showcasing Baldwin's varying level of success against higher level competition. After that piece, Baldwin responded with a 19 point, nine assist effort against Mississippi, but didn't appear to improve his level against higher end competition, shooting just 4-15 against Kentucky and 2-7 against Texas Tech.
In Vanderbilt's lone NCAA Tournament game, a blowout 70-50 loss, Baldwin had nine points on 3-9 shooting, struggling against Wichita's Fred VanVleet. Baldwin is currently slotted at 15th in Draft Express's current mock draft, giving the Pacers a realistic shot at him at pick #20.
Indiana will also work out another potential first rounder in UNLV shooting guard Patrick McCaw. McCaw scored 14.7 points on 46.5% shooting in his sophomore season with UNLV. The Runnin' Rebels failed to make the postseason after an early exit, but McCaw did score 27 points, pulling in 14 rebounds in the team's double overtime tournament win over Air Force.
McCaw is currently considered a fringe first round pick, but that may change with his performance in the Draft Combine, with McCaw ending up one of the headliners in the second day.
More Day 2 Combine standouts: Patrick McCaw (14 pts, 4 asts) Jaron Blossomgame (16 pts, 10 rebs), Sheldon McClellan (22 pts), Joel Bolomboy— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 13, 2016
For the seniors, Ryan Arcidiacono out of Villanova is another point guard prospect for the Pacers, completing his four year career with a National Championship for the Wildcats, earning him Most Outstanding Players honors after a Big East Player of the Year Award the previous season. Arcidiacono averaged career bests 12.5 points and 4.2 assists his senior season, shooting 39% from three point range.
Kaleb Tarczewski of Arizona enters the winningest player in Wildcat basketball history, the seven footer averaging 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in his senior season. The Pacers will be looking at Tarczewski for his for his defensive skills with the 7-footer being one of the Pac-12's best defenders his in time at Arizona, including an All-Defensive Team nod this past season.
Max Landis was the Summit League Player of the Year for IPFW, leading the Mastodons to a 24-10 record and the Summit League Championship, though failed to make the NCAA Touranment after a heartbreaking loss to North Dakota State. Landis averaged 19.3 points as a senior, but was a deadly sniper from distance, making the second most three pointers in the nation at a blistering .456 rate.
Indiana will also be working out Michigan State senior Matt Costello. Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds at center for the highly touted Spartans. Costello led the Big Ten in rebounding with 288 boards, and finished in the top 10 for blocks for the second time in his career. For as celebrated as Denzel Valentine was, it was Costello who was the defensive anchor for Michigan State.
Baldwin and McCaw will be the players to look out for in the workout, but there's no lack of accolades to go around for the four seniors joining the fray, making it an interesting display for all six prospects.