Six potential Celtics draft picks in for workouts today
The Celtics are bringing in at least six draft prospects for workouts today. Deng Adel is a 22-year-old, 6'7" - 200 pound forward from Louisville. He hails from the Sudan and Australia and projects to be a SF/PF in the NBA. Per DraftExpress, "Players in this mold who can effectively guard either forward position, while being capable of spacing the floor, attacking a closeout, and making the extra pass, are increasingly popular in today's NBA, so Adel does have a ready-made role if he's able to make strides in some of the areas he already showed impressive flashes in."
Grayson Allen played for Duke, and at 6'4" and 185 pounds, he projects as a shooting guard at the NBA level. He has the toughness that Danny Ainge looks for in prospects, and per Draft Express, "Very good physical attributes. Strong frame. Good quickness. Explosive. Can play above the rim with ease -Versatile scorer -Excellent shooting mechanics and deep range. Capable outside shooter with feet set or off the dribble -Can create own shot. Drives hard to the rim. Gets to the free throw line at a good rate -Team player. Makes extra pass. Can drive and dish. -Good rebounder for position thanks to athleticism, strong frame and solid intensity level -Tough kid. Takes hits around the basket."
Jeffrey Carroll is A 24-year-old senior from Oklahoma State. He lists at 6'6" and 215 pounds. Per NBAScoutingLive.com, "He is a skilled offensive player that can score in any number of ways, and he will actively crash the glass. However, he can be too consistent player in games, as there are some games where he can really struggle to make jump shots. Still, Carroll is an athletic, energetic swingman that can shoot the basketball, and he may project into a 3 and D role at the next level, as he could be a potential second round pick in 2018."
The Celtics’ draft workout today includes...
Deng Adel - Louisville
Grayson Allen - Duke
Jeffrey Carroll - Oklahoma State
Billy Preston - Kansas/Ikogea (Bosnia)
Allonzo Trier - Arizona
Kenrich Williams - TCU
Billy Preston is a 6'10", 235-pound C/F who left Kansas to play ball in Bosnia. There are huge questions marks relative to where he will go in the upcoming draft. Some mocks have him going late-lottery and others leave him undrafted. Per Draft Express, "Extremely high skill-level for a big man. Terrific scoring instincts -Can create his own shot from the perimeter with strong ball-handling skills and excellent footwork. Strong first step. Draws quite a few fouls -Effective scorer out of isolation situations. Can even play some pick and roll as the ball-handler -Has range out to 3-point line. Can make shots with feet set and off the dribble -Career 31/78 (40%) 3P% in 40 games and 68% from the free throw line -Has great touch around the basket. Throws in smooth floaters from different parts of the paint."
Allonzo Trier played for Arizona, and the 6'5", 205-pound junior's major strength lies in his scoring. Per Draft Express, "Trier's calling card as an NBA prospect lies in his scoring ability. He has a quick first step and an advanced series of crossover combinations that enable him to get into the lane fairly consistently when paired with his aggressive mindset. As a freshman, Trier averaged a strong 20.9 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted on a similarly impressive 61% true shooting percentage."
Kenrich Williams hails from TCU and is a high-level defender and rebounder. Per NBADraft.net, "His calling card is his ability to rebound at a high level. At 6'7'', Williams is an elite rebounder for his size. He does a lot of the little things needed to succeed as a defender and rebounder, paired with his good energy, I feel he could be an effective rebounder at the next level as well ... Defensively, at 6'7'' and 210 pounds, he's a little small for an NBA small forward, but has the strength and tenacity to guard a large portion of NBA players at that position."
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