The second workout on Friday included potiential first round options Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Donte DiVencenzo (Villanova) and depending on your preferred mock draft, Shake Milton (SMU) highlighted the workout. Also in for a look were second-round/free agent ops Gary Clark (Cincinnati), Alize Johnson (Missouri State) and A.J. Davis (UCF).
Davis is the son of former Pacers legend, Antonio Davis and while he is a similar size to his pop, Junior is more of a wing player. He may be a fun free agent signing to follow this summer and it sounds like he’d love that opportunity with the Pacers.
As for the first-round players, Bates-Diop has a mature game that would be well suited to play right away in a variety of ways depending on the lineup. After missing a season to recover from a leg injury after his sophomore season, Bates-Diop returned with a vengeance for the Buckeyes last year as the Big Ten Player of the Year. As a small forward at 6’8 with a 7’3 wingspan, he could certainly fill in nicely as a stretch four.
DiVencenzo burst onto the scene with an electric performance in the NCAA championship game and remains an intriguing prospect. With tons of bounce in his game and the ability to heat up from behind the arc, DiVencenzo projects at a minimum to a 3nD guy which would certainly fill a Pacers need off the bench.
So let’s hear what you think. If choosing between the two: Bates-Diop or DiVencenzo?
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The third workout on Monday included the following crew: Bruce Brown, Jr. (Miami), Melvin Frazier (Tulane), Devon Hall (Virginia), Dzanan Musa (Bosnia), Thomas Welsh (UCLA), Tyler Wideman (Butler)
Brown, Frazier and Musa are potential first-round options with Musa appearing to be the highest rated, no doubt due to the fact his is nearly three years younger than the other two at 19. Plus, Musa has some range as shown here, to go with a little bounce at 6’9.
Brown presents a hard-nosed guard who didn’t shoot the 3-ball well (27%) at Miami which will always overshadow his defensive proficiency against other guards in the draft and likely keep him as an early second-rounder.
As for Frazier, a 6’6 small forward, he shot the three at a much better clip (38%) for Tulane and has a 7’1 wingspan which comes in handy at the defensive end of the floor.
Devon Hall may be on the Pacers radar for pick No.50 or more likely a free agent option. After playing four years at Virginia, he will know how to play hard and defend.
Tyler Wideman would be another great free agent story for the Pacers to give a shot over the summer. The former Butler bruiser certainly has an NBA body and similar to any player from Virginia, will show up knowing how to dig in and make life difficult on an opponent.
Check out Pacers.com for more on the workouts and the players involved.