Here is a breakdown of each of the six draft participants in Tuesday’s workout.
Rawle Alkins - Arizona - Sophomore - SG
The 6’4” Arizona guard played alongside potential #1 pick Deandre Ayton and potential second round pick Alonzo Trier, so he was not able to stand out on his team as much as some of the other prospects in this list. However, Alkins has an impressive ability to attack the defense and use both his strength and dribble to create shots. The sophomore guard averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists this past season for the Wildcats. To excel in the NBA, Alkins will need to better his decision making, perimeter shooting, as well as his defense.
Alkins is projected as a late second round pick, so the Arizona product could be in play for #50 overall.
Marcus Derrickson – Georgetown – Junior – PF
The 6’7” 250-lb. forward had an impressive junior season for the Hoyas as he averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. His decision to declare for the draft and sign with an agent shocked many Georgetown fans as he mentioned returning for his senior season more than once. The prospect must have had great feedback from the scouts as he now could hear his name called on draft night. At 6’7”, Derrickson does not have ideal height for a power forward in the NBA; however, his 46.5% three-point percentage makes him a candidate to stretch the floor as well as get it done in the paint.
Derrickson’s name does not appear to be on most mock drafts, but his decision to forgo his senior year at Georgetown makes you think he is pretty confident in being selected. Kevin Pritchard has mentioned his desire for a 4 who can stretch the floor. Is Derrickson what he is looking for?
Arnoldas Kulboka – Lithuania – SF
The Pacers could add a second Lithuanian (Domantas Sabonis) to the team in Arnoldas Kulboka. The 6’11” small forward is just 20-years-old and finished his first professional season in Germany. Kulboka averaged 8.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and shot 36.7% on 4.4 three-point attempts per game. Those who are familiar with Kulboka’s game report that he is more athletic than he looks and has great shooting mechanics. However, he needs to fill out and remain confident when his shot is not falling. Kulboka primarily plays SF but could eventually play minutes at the PF position in the NBA after putting on more weight.
Kulboka’s decision to stay in the NBA Draft most likely means that he will be drafted Thursday night. Many expect him to be selected late in the draft – right around (or at) #50.
Kelan Martin – Butler – Senior – F
Many college basketball fans should be familiar with Kelan Martin – especially those from Indiana. The Butler product had a fantastic career while averaging 21.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in his senior season. Martin proved his confidence from long range as he attempted 7.5 three-pointers per game and converted on 36.4% of those shots. While his offensive game is impressive, Martin must make improvements on the defensive end if he wishes to contribute in the NBA.
Martin is not projected to be selected in most mock drafts, but do not be surprised if he sneaks into the late second round. If not, he should have a choice on who to play for in the Summer League.
Elie Okobo – France – PG
Okobo is a 20-year-old point guard who is in an interesting prospect come draft night. Few have seen their name shoot up mock draft boards quite like the 6’2” guard. Okobo has good size and a long wingspan (6’8”) for a point guard, and he has two-way potential. The French guard averaged 12.9 points, 4.8 assists, and 0.9 steals in 26.3 minutes of action per game. While Okobo seems promising, some believe he needs another year or two of development before making an impact in the NBA. Since the Pacers have their point guards in Darren Collison and Cory Joseph, Okobo might be in play for Indiana at #23.
Most project Okobo to be a mid-to-late first round pick. This means he could be off the board by the time the Pacers are on the clock.
Theo Pinson – North Carolina – Senior – SG/SF
While never being in the spotlight, Theo Pinson had a nice career at North Carolina. In his senior season, he averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.1 steals in just under 30 minutes per game – showing that he is well-rounded player. As a very solid defender as well, Pinson was a jack of all trades for the Tar Heels. However, Pinson’s inability to shoot from three – just 22.6% last season and 25.7% during his four years in Chapel Hill – largely hurts his draft stock. His scoring ability comes from attacking the rim.
While Pinson was once projected to be a late second round pick, he is no longer on many draft boards. Still, he could sneak in on draft night. If not, expect to see teams lining up to give Pinson a shot in Summer League.
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