Hoops Report: NBA Draft Chatter -- 5/30

Hoops Report: NBA Draft Chatter -- 5/30

Postby JSM on Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:02 am

Ryan Feldman of The Hoops Report wrote:Brooks is not getting a lot of interest from teams drafting in the lottery, but he is getting a lot of interest from teams drafting right outside of the lottery. However, there are a lot of teams drafting early in the second round that said they'd be interested in trading into the teens to draft Brooks. Because there is so much interest, if he performs well in workouts and interviews, it is very possible a team in the late lottery, or a team that trades up into that range, that falls in love with Brooks could select him there.

The Cleveland Cavaliers held a draft workout on Monday that included Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris, Jordan Williams, Chris Singleton, Cory Joseph and Diante Garrett. Harris was matched up against Williams, Morris went up against Singleton, and Joseph matched up with Garrett. According to a source, Morris was the most impressive player in the workout. The source said that Morris really tore it up and Singleton didn't look good at all. The source also said that Garrett got the best of Joseph. The Harris-Williams matchup wasn't an ideal pairing, as Harris is more of a combo forward and Williams is a true post player.

Marcus Morris worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets already and will work out for the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Although some believe he could be a top-10 pick, it seems more likely - from what I'm hearing and his workout schedule - that he ends up in the late lottery or maybe even later.

Andrew Goudelock may win the award for most draft workouts this year. By the time the NBA Draft rolls around, he will have 17 workouts (the schedule is obviously subject to change). With all of the hype after his performance at the Portsmouth Invitational and the Nets Combine, almost every team has expressed interest in bringing him in for a workout. While early second round is most likely, it is very possible that a team in the late first round could fall in love with Goudelock and select him there.

One guy to keep an eye on is Diante Garrett. The 6-foot-5 point guard put up fantastic numbers as a senior this year at Iowa State and performed exceptionally well both at the Portsmouth Invitational and the Nets Combine. By Tuesday, he will have worked out for the Clippers, Lakers and Cavaliers. With the solid season he had this year, how well he has performed in his draft workouts, and the concept of a 6-foot-5 point guard that can score and be an efficient floor leader, it seems very probable that Garrett will be selected somewhere in the second round. I'm not saying it's going to happen (I've seen plenty of crazier things happen in the NBA Draft) but don't be shocked if Garrett ends up in the first few picks of the second round or maybe even the final few picks of the first round.
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