You probably don’t know who Landry Shamet or Brandon McCoy are, but then again you might because they’re the only two projected NBA draft picks the Pacers are bringing in for their first round of pre-draft workouts.
Indiana hosts their first workouts tomorrow afternoon and while there aren’t any big name first round picks participating, they do give some insight into who the Pacers might take in the second round.
The six players participating are Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), Marcus Foster (Creighton), Nick King (Middle Tennessee State), Yante Maten (Georgia), Landry Shamet (Wichita State) and Brandon McCoy (UNLV).
But only two -- Shamet and McCoy -- are ranked in any mock drafts.
Shamet is ranked 46th in both the “Sports Illustrated” mock draft and the “Ringer” NBA draft guide. The 6’4” combo guard played three seasons at Wichita State, averaging 14.9 points per game and 5.2 assists on 44.2 percent shooting from the three in his junior season. Over half the shots he took in his college career were from three.
But Shamet can score a lot of different ways, as you can see by these highlights against Kentucky in 2017 NCAA tournament.
McCoy is ranked 54th in the “Sports Illustrated” mock draft and 57th on the “Ringer” NBA draft guide. The 7’1” center played just one year at UNLV, averaging 16.9 ppg and 10.6 rpg on 55 percent shooting from the field.
McCoy was a five-star recruit at UNLV as the 16th ranked prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.
If drafted, McCoy would be the fifth center on the Pacers roster adding to Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Al Jefferson and Ike Anigbogu. Which makes his selection unlikely.
The former five-star recruit is more of traditional center but he was able to go toe-to-toe with projected first overall pick DeAndre Ayton.