With the NBA draft combine out of the way, individual draft workouts are starting to pick up for the Milwaukee Bucks. As the draft creeps closer better prospects should make their way to Milwaukee, and the last two days of workouts certainly prove that true. Wisconsin’s socially active Nigel Hayes came to town today, and local Marquette baller JaJuan Johnson worked out yesterday. We won’t have the chance to chew on our nails at one of the potentially most eventful lotteries in history, but at least we can chew on the prospects of the following guys with the Bucks next year:
Among these guys, Hamidou Diallo’s got my basketball senses tingling. The toolsy, athletic wing enrolled in Kentucky last spring, only to declare for the draft this summer. His semester-and-done story was well chronicled by Sam Vecenie for Vice Sports. Scouts seem to be split on whether some team will take a chance on him early or if his raw game will force him into the second round. DraftExpress currently has him at 35 in their own draft, for what it’s worth. Personally, I get that he still can’t shoot, but he’s someone I wouldn’t mind the Bucks taking a flier on given their lack of backcourt athleticism. Also, the 6-foot-11 wingspan at his 6-foot-3 height helps too.
The only other guys listed in DraftExpress’s current mock are Bacon at 52 and Dorsey at 60. Dorsey flashed in the tournament as a steady hand during Oregon’s run to the final four, and has a special connection to Giannis after his Greek countryman helped him hone his game. Johnson holds the local connection, but Hayes is the more prominent player from Wisconsin. Hayes peaked as high as 16 in DraftExpress’s ranking after his sophomore season, but a reworked shot sent his percentage from three plummeting. Unable to show the sort of creation and dribbling skills necessary as “the man” for Wisconsin these last two years, Hayes stock has dropped considerably despite his considerable measurables (7-foot-3 wingspan).
We’ve finally got a few candidates that may be viable second-round picks for Milwaukee, and maybe Diallo could sneak into the first depending on how his workout goes. We’ll have plenty more draft info as the workouts and draft chatter continue.