Pre-draft workouts continue for the Pacers on Mondaywhen they put six more players through their paces to assess their potential as NBA players.
The most familiar name among the six is Purdue power forward Caleb Swanigan who is testing the NBA draft process after one year, but hasn't signed with an agent which would allow him to return to Purdue for his sophomore year. Of course, his guardian is an agent and despite reports from the NBA Combine that NBA decision-makers suggested Swanigan should return to Purdue, there is plenty of noise now suggesting Swanigan is willing to take his chances by staying in the draft, which means he's also willing to play in the D-League rather than return to school.
The kid has skill with the game and frame similar to David West, standing around 6'8 with a 7'4 wingspan. Now he just needs to develop those skills along with a a man's mindset that West employs on the floor. Of couse, DWest was a four-year player at Xavier, which helped develop that tough mindset as he also attacked the books.
Swanigan will go against Ben Bentil from Providence, another power forward prospect who enjoyed a solid combine and is trying to work his way into the first round of the draft. The other four players are guards, including a couple of intriguing point guards in Kay Felder (Oakland) and Cat Barber (NC State).
Felder is undersized at 5'10 but has a sturdy frame and had no problem getting buckets in college. Barber has better size and great quickness with the ball in his hand. Both players could be available when the Pacers pick No. 50 in the second round, although they already have on second-round point guard on the roster in Joe Young.
Rounding out the workout classe are Armani Moore (Tennessee) and Rasheed Sulaimon (Maryland).