This weekend, the Denver Nuggets welcomed another group of prospects to town for pre-draft workouts.
Zach LaVine, a 6’6″ shooting guard out of UCLA, is projected as a top 15 pick and has used several pre-draft workouts to prove he’s one of the most freakishly athletic players in the 2014 draft class. In speaking with the Denver media following his workout, LaVine talked about the affects of the altitude when playing in Denver, enjoying the pre-draft process, and his athleticism:
James Young, a 6’7″ slasher out of Kentucky who can play both the shooting guard and small forward positions, was one of the top freshman in the NCAA last year, earning All-SEC Second Team and All-NCAA Tournament Final Four Team honors. Young discussed the hectic schedule he’s endured since the NCAA National Championship game, the appeal of playing for a team like Denver, and how he’s been working to improve his skills on the defensive end of the court:
Tyler Ennis, a 6’2″ point guard who played a single season for Syracuse, is considered one of the top play-making point guards in the draft, both as a distributor on offense and a pick-pocket on defense. Some draft experts have compared him to Damian Lillard, Portland’s talented young floor general. In speaking with the media, Ennis talked about the high level of competition during the workout, the fact that he wasn’t too familiar with Denver before this visit, and how his pre-draft workouts have gone to this point:
Tarik Black, a 6’8″ power forward/center who played college ball at the University of Memphis before transferring to Kansas, is ranked by Draft Express as one of the top 65 seniors in this year’s draft class. During his senior season, he averaged 13.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He shared his thoughts on the grind associated with the pre-draft process, the pressure on prospects to perform, and the warm welcome he received from the Denver Nuggets staff:
LaVine, Young and Ennis all are players that the Nuggets are probably eyeing as possible targets for the number 11 pick, while Black could be a late-second rounder or even an undrafted free agent addition.
Do any of these players intrigue you, Nuggets fans? LaVine, Young and Ennis all have room to grow, given they entered the draft following only one season of college ball, but that means they may not contribute much until they adjust to the NBA. All three players also are projected to be available between picks 15 and 20. Might the Nuggets be better off trading down with a team like Chicago to draft them later in the first round and acquiring additional players or future draft picks in the process? Share your thoughts in the comments below.