The Indiana Pacers resumed pre-draft workouts at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday with six players, including four potential first-round options. Among those options for the No. 18 pick were big men Bam Adebayo (Kentucky) and Ivan Rabb (Cal).
Conrad Brunner has a nice recap of the most intriguing prospects, including relatively unknown swingman Terrance Ferguson who skipped the college options after going to high school in Dallas and instead played professionally in Australia last season.
Bruno also highlights the strong impression Adebayo made with his energy and athleticism as a more traditional big man who could eventually be a nice compliment to Myles Turner.
Mark Montieth of Pacers.com also took a shine to Bam, delivering high praise by comparing the young big man who enjoys poetry with Mel Daniels. Among the comparisons, which included their physical stature, humble upbringing and blunt responses to the media, was a love of Edgar Allen Poe.
Adebayo loves poetry, and considers Edgar Allen Poe his favorite. Same as Daniels.
I swear, if Adebayo had told me Poe's poem, "The Bells" is his favorite, I would have wondered if Daniels had somehow found a way to reincarnate himself into this 19-year-old kid and revitalize his professional basketball career. That was Daniels' favorite.
High praise coming from a couple of veteran NBA writers I respect immensely. Of course, the comparisons to the Pacers Hall of Famer didn’t include Bam’s game since that remains a work in progress.
On Tuesday, the Pacers will welcome six more players. G Antonio Blakeney (LSU), G Isaac Hamilton (UCLA), G Zak Irvin (Michigan), G Naz Long (Iowa State), PG Johnathan Motley (Baylor), and PF Rashawn Thomas (Texas A&M-CC).
Likely matchups will have Blakeney and Long show what they can do as combo guards with Hamilton and Irvin competing on the wing and Motley and Thomas banging inside at power forward.
All of these players are considered second-round prospects at best and may end up being summer league, free-agent camp invitee options.