John Hammond suggested yesterday that it was "probably not feasible" for the Bucks to bring four rookies into training camp, but 47 picks into the draft the Bucks have four new players who project to be in the NBA come November.
And they're big. Real big. After selecting the Larry Sanders and his 7'6" wingspan 15th overall, the Bucks went with versatile small forward Darington Hobson at 37, Tulsa's talented center Jerome Jordan at 44, and Oklahoma's ironically-named Tiny Gallon at 47. The Bucks have yet to announce any trades, though it's still possible they could deal one of their picks (likely one of the bigs) before the night is out [UPDATE: Alan Hahn tweets that Jordan is being sent to the Knicks for cash].
Suggesting that you can never have enough small forwards, the Bucks opted to go with New Mexico's versatile Hobson with the first of their three second round picks, 37th overall. Hobson often operated as a point forward at New Mexico, where he played one season following two years of junior college ball. Perhaps a bit of 3/4 tweener, the 6'7" Hobson led New Mexico in scoring (15.9 ppg), rebounding (9.3 rpg) and assists (4.6 apg), the first player in the program's history to accomplish the feat. He'll turn 23 in September and scouts question whether he's athletic enough to keep up with NBA small forwards, but he's a savvy guy who the Bucks saw up close on June 16 when he worked out against first round picks Luke Babbitt, Gordon Hayward, and Lazar Hayward.
The 6'10", 300 pound Gallon was talked about this morning as likely going to New Jersey at #31, but he also had been heavily linked with the Bucks in recent weeks. A former teammate of Brandon Jennings at Oak Hill, Gallon worked out for the Bucks on June 2 against Gani Lawal and wasn't bashful about his interest in the Bucks. A former McDonald's All-American, Gallon was something of a disappointment for the collective trainwreck known as the Oklahoma basketball program, and left the program after just one year amid reports that his mother accepted $3,000 from an agent. Conditioning has not surprisingly always been an issue for Gallon, and he played just 24.0 mpg at OU, averaging a ho-hum 10.3 ppg and a more-impressive 7.9 rpg, which ranked him among the NCAA's top 20 in rebounds per minute. He's also known for having a nice outside touch, but made just 4/17 from three point range. He's frequently been compared to Glen Davis (another lovably nicknamed fat guy!), but Tiny is also a fair bit longer (7'4" wingspan) and probably ends up a better rebounder. That's not to say he's going to be a more useful pro than Davis, since Tiny probably doesn't have the same bizarre agility as Big Baby either. DraftExpress projects him as a PF in the NBA, but I wonder if his lack of footspeed means he ends up getting more time at center. For much more on Tiny, check out dishingoutdime's excellent scouting report in the FanPosts.
Jordan didn't work out with the Bucks but has been on NBA teams' radar for a few years and stuck around for four years in Tulsa despite getting draft buzz since his sophomore year. The first thing that stands out about Jordan? He's enormous: nearly 7'1" in shoes to go with a 7'5" wingspan and 244 pounds. At Tulsa he was a solid scorer (15.4 ppg), rebounder (9.1 rpg) and shot-blocker (2.3 bpg), but his overall efficiency stats were fairly flat across his last three season and he turns 24 in September, which helps explain how he managed to slide all the way into the late second round. Given he wasn't really linked with the Bucks, he might be the most likely guy to be moved among the three big men.