Bucks Draft Report: Scheyer highlights workout of second rounders

Jon Scheyer

The second of three days worth of Milwaukee Bucks prospect workouts featured what scouting director Billy McKinney called “a group of very solid second round players.”

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Gani Lawal: proof that testing the waters benefits NBA Prospects

gani lawal

By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

For 6-9, 235 lb Georgia Tech Jr. Gani Lawal, testing the waters of the NBA Draft, seeing what NBA scouts had to say about his game, and then returning to college basketball has been the best thing for him

“It’s been great coming back. I’ve learned a lot. I’m better off for it,” Lawal said during the NCAA Tournament on the eve of his final game.

“I’ve been asked about that before. The biggest thing I gained from it is just my understanding of the game. My understanding of the game has really improved over this last year.”

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2009 Mock NBA Draft

By David K.

To justify that I am not some hack throwing out a random mock draft, consider that I got as many right in my final mock of 2008 as ESPN “expert” Chad Ford, and less than a handful of other mocks on the web had more correct than I did.  Considering I don’t have the “connections” that Ford or some other sites have, that is pretty impressive.  Team needs have not been taken into account with this mock.

1. L.A. Clippers- Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.

-physical, explosive, can put the ball on the floor, owns the boards
Think: Amare Stoudemire

2. Washington- James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
-great at attacking the hoop, solid outside shooter, too unselfish at times
Think: Joe Johnson


3. Sacramento- Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.

-athletic for his size, tremendous shot blocker, still raw on offense
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller


4. Oklahoma City- Greg Monroe, C/F, Georgetown, 6-10, Fr.

-does it all on offense, best passing big in college, extremely athletic
Think: Chris Bosh

5. Memphis- Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So.
-lives around the rim, great on the glass, much improved outside game
Think: LaMarcus Aldridge

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6. Golden State- ?Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
-shoots it at a high-percentage from all areas, a true play-maker
Think: Devin Harris


7. *Minnesota- Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, Fr.

-all-around skill set from handling the ball to creating his own shot, runs floor well
Think: Travis Outlaw


8. Toronto- Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-2, Jr.

-unbelievable three-point range and scorer, great vision as a passer
Think: a sharp-shooting Tony Parker


9. Indiana- DaJuan Summers, F, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.

-good inside/outside offensive game, tremendous athlete, physical player
Think: Bobby Simmons


10. Charlotte- Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech, 6-8, So.

-low-post threat, solid on the boards, not a great shooter
Think: Brandon Bass


11. ?New York- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Jr.

-very versatile, strong rebounder, nice mid-range game
Think: Danny Granger


12. Chicago- Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.

-a point forward type, excels as a penetrater, good rebounder
Think: Lamar Odom


13. New Jersey- Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.

-slasher, handles the ball well in transition, needs more consistency with jumper
Think: DeShawn Stevenson

14. Phoenix-  Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
-ridiculous athleticism, can stroke it from deep but is sometimes too streaky a shooter
Think: Stephen Jackson


15. Milwaukee- Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy, 6-0, 1989
-tremendous court vision, unselfish, not afraid to take it to the hoop
Think: Kenny Anderson

16. =Philadelphia- Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
-great skill set in the post, very physical, good ball-handler for a big
Think: Kenyon Martin


17. #Minnesota-  Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s, 5-11, So.

-made a name for himself in Olympics playing for Australia, this year’s Stephen Curry
Think: Ramon Sessions

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18. Detroit- Johnny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, 6-0, So.

-can take over a game, great range and driver, lock-down perimeter defender
Think: Raymond Felton

19. Utah- Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-0, Sr.
-great on-the-ball defender, smart decision-maker, can hit three ball
Think: Bobby Jackson


20. Atlanta- Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.

-fearless when attacking the hoop, great in transition, must improve outside shooting
Think: Gerald Wallace


21. Dallas- Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.

-playmaker on the offensive end, a floor general, must become more consistent shooter
Think: Antonio Daniels


22. &Sacramento- Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, 5-11, Jr.

-very quick with the ball, suffocating perimeter defender, leader on the floor
Think: Jameer Nelson

23. New Orleans- Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
-very versatile, great passer, solid defender, needs to work on outside shot
Think: Matt Barnes


24. Portland- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Jr.

-big time shot blocker, still raw on the offensive end, average at best athleticism
Think: Theo Ratliff


25. ~Oklahoma City- Sam Young, G/F, Pitt, 6-6, Sr.

-can score from outside or inside, doesn’t take a lot of bad shots, not a great creator
Think: Michael Finley
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26. +Oklahoma City- Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, 6-9, Sr.

-high basketball IQ, plays with an incredible intensity, nice touch on jump shot
Think: Eduardo Najera


27. Orlando- James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.

-can put the ball on the deck and attack the rim, NBA-ready body, inconsistent shooter
Think: Wilson Chandler


28. ^Minnesota- Manny Harris, SG, Michigan, 6-5, So.

-a pure scorer from the outside or with his dribble-drive game, can play the point
Think: Sasha Vujacic


29. Cleveland- Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.

-creates his own shot, much improved shooter, ferocious defender
Think: Charlie Bell


30. L.A. Lakers- Danny Green, SF, UNC, 6-7, Sr.

-does a little bit of everything, will be a great role player in the NBA
Think: James Posey


Second Round

31. Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga, 6-11, Sr.
32. Vitor Faverani, F/C, Brazil, 7-0, 1988
33. Curtis Jerrells, PG, Baylor, 6-1, Sr.
34. A.J. Price, PG, UConn, 6-2, Sr.
35. Taj Gibson, PF, USC, 6-9, Jr.
36. Omri Cassipi, SF, Isreal, 6-8, 1988
37. Jermaine Taylor, SG, Central Florida, 6-4, Sr.
38. Jeremy Pargo, PG, Gonzaga, 6-2, Sr.
39. Robert Vaden, SG, UAB, 6-5, Sr.
40. Luigi Datoma, F, Italy, 6-8, 1987
41. Tyrese Rice, PG, Boston College, 6-1, Sr.
42. Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple, 6-5, Sr.
43. Chris Johnson, PF, LSU, 6-11, Sr.
44. Wesley Matthews, SG, Marquette, 6-5, Sr.
45. Jonas Jerebko, PF, Sweded, 6-9, 1989
46. Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State, 6-10, Sr.
47. Hank Norel, PF, Netherlands, 6-11, 1987
48. Leo Lyons, PF, Missouri, 6-9, Sr.
49. Lester Hudson, PG, UT-Martin, 6-3, Sr.
50. Joe Ingles, SF, Australia, 6-8, 1987
51. Lee Cummard, G/F, BYU, 6-7 Sr
52. Nando de Colo, G, 6-5, France 1987
53. Jack McClinton, PG, Miami (FL), 6-1, Sr.
54. A.J. Abrams, G, 5-11, Texas, Sr.
55. Jeff Adrien, PF, UConn, 6-7, Sr.
56. Vladimir Dasic, F, Serbia, 6-9, 1988
57. Stefon Jackson, SG, UTEP, 6-5, Sr.
58. Dominic James, PG, Marquette, 6-0, Sr.
59. Jon Brockman, PF, Washington, 6-7, Sr.
60. Luke Nevill, C, Utah, 7-0, Sr.

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Other First Round talent likely to stay in school/overseas:

Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, 6-5, Jr.
DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC, 6-6, Fr.
Austin Daye, SF, 6-10, Gonzaga, So.
Jrue Holliday, SG, UCLA, 6-4, Fr.
Kyle Singler, F, Duke, 6-8, So
Cole Aldrich, F/C, Kansas, 6-10, So.
Samardo Samuels, PF, Louisville, 6-10, Fr.
Nick Calathes, G, Florida, 6-5, So.
Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, 6-4, Jr.
Raymar Morgan, G/F, Michigan State, 6-7, Jr.
DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt, 6-7, So.

#Minnesota gets Miami’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protected) via Ricky Davis trade
*Clippers get Minnesota’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protectred) via Marko Jaric trade
+Thunder gets Spurs’ ’09 1st round pick (lottery preotected) via Kurt Thomas trade
^Minnesota gets Boston’s ’09 1st round pick (top 3 protected) via Kevin Garnett trade
&Kings get Houston ’09 1st round pick via Ron Artest trade
?Utah gets New York ’09 1st round pick (top 22 protected) via Phoenix
=Minnesota gets Philadelphia ’09 1st round pick (from Utah –Gordon Giricek trade-top 22 protected) via Rodney Carney trade
~Thunder get Denver ’09 1st round pick (lottery protected) via Johan Petro trade