With the NBA Draft quickly approaching, Nets fans are wondering who their squad is interested in and who the team has worked out. Some reports are saying Sean Marks have worked out some prospects in the hopes of recruiting them to the Nets G-League team, although it’s most likely that Sean Marks is just weighing all of his options heading into such an important draft.
Whatever the reason is, one thing is for sure: these players aren’t going to make or break the future of the franchise. Other than Terrance Ferguson, there aren’t many prospects who are lottery bound on the list. With that being said, there are a lot of very solid prospects on this list who can really help out in the near future.
There are a lot of seniors and juniors on this list who project to be solid players and have some semblance of playing within Kenny Atkinson’s offensive and defensive schemes.
Kennedy Meeks was the middle man for the NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels and played a huge role in the team’s success. His 6-foot, 10-inch, 280-pound build was too much for college kids to handle, but many question if his dominance would work out against bigger competition in the league. His workout went apparently well, according to sources.
Devin Robinson had a solid junior year for the Florida Gators, averaging 11 points per game and shooting 39 percent from three point range. The kid is athletic and has a sweet shooting stroke to go along with it.
Caleb Swanigan is a PF/C who had an outstanding season for the Purdue Boilermakers. He put up 18 points and 10 rebounds per game, and he showed he’s able to pass the ball with three assists per game. He has range as well, posting 44 percent shooting from three-point range in his sophomore season. Caleb also ended up as one of the four finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year award.
Kinsley is a PF/C who played for an Arkansas team that saw itself in the final of the SEC Tournament this year. He posted 12 points and 8 rebounds per game on average. Kinsley shows great hustle and is a crafty finisher around the rim, and he’s also shown the ability to hit a 15-20 foot jump shot.
Dotson is a senior out of the University of Houston, where he averaged 17 points to along with seven rebounds per game. He can really shoot the ball and is a threat to get hot at any point in a game.
Peak is a junior out of the University of Georgetown. He’s a shooting guard with an athletic build of 6 feet, 5 inches and 215 pounds. He’s a player who thrives in the pick and roll and can be a secondary playmaker in the future.
White is a combo guard out of the University of Florida. He averaged 18 points per game and shot well above 40 percent from deep. He has first round talent and was a late bloomer, which shows his maturity and patience. He can develop into a starter given the proper guidance.
Phillip is a senior out of the University of West Virginia, where he averaged 9 points and 4 assists per game. He does his damage in the open court and is a solid playmaker. He’s a guy that could start off his career in the G-League.
Frazier is a 5-foot, 10-inch point guard out of the University of Georgia. He’s a great scorer, as he averaged 19 points per game and torched Kentucky with a 36-point performance.
Bryant is a C/PF who is projected in the early second round in most draft boards. As a freshman, he showed a really good shot and some real upside.
Brimah is a senior out of the University of Connecticut. He’s a big center with a limited offensive skill set but loads of defensive potential. He averaged three blocks per game last season and was a part of a National Championship team in 2014.
Vasturia is a shooting guard out of Notre Dame who just finished his senior year. He’s a known three-point specialist and showed flashes of being able to take over a game.
Trimble is a combo guard out of the University of Maryland. He averaged around 17 points per game in his collegiate career and has shown potential to be a solid role player in the league.
Simmons is a 19-year-old prospect who has uber athleticism and is a great finisher in the paint. He averaged around nine points during the season and, although incredibly raw, can potentially be a great fit in Kenny Atkinson’s system.
Bryce Alford, son of UCLA’s Steve Alford and the all-time three-point shooter in UCLA history. Alford has a great shooting stroke and can bring toughness and maturity to an NBA locker room
Arguably the best player the Nets worked out, Ferguson spent a season in Australia to be more adept to the professional game. He is a great shooter, defender and can contribute right away. He’s only 19 years old and has a huge upside, which is what the Nets are looking for.
Iwundu is a shooting guard out of Kansas State University. He averaged 13 points per game this past season and showed an NBA-level game at certain times in the year.
Jok is a senior out of the University of Iowa, where heaveraged 20 points per game and shot 38 percent from deep. He’s an exceptional scorer who can hit a flurry of shots in the blink of an eye.
Blossomgame is a PF out of the University of Clemson. He just finished his senior year averaging a solid 17 points and seven rebounds per game. His only question mark is his age, which is 24, but other than that he has an NBA-ready skill set.
Dillon Brooks is a shooting guard out of the University of Oregon. He is 20 years old and was a critical player in a Final Four team. He’s a young player who knows how to control the tempo of a game and can be a great bench player for the future.
Hart is a combo guard out of the University of Villanova. The former National Champion has had a great collegiate career and is looking to carry his success over to the NBA. Hart is a high floor, low ceiling kind of guy. You know what you’ve got with a player like him, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
McCree is a senior PF from Louisiana Tech. His 17 points and nine rebounds show that he is a player that can do the dirty work inside and can give some production from the outside too. He shot 37 percent from deep and can be a threat in a run and gun offense.
Thomas is a shooting forward from Texas A&M Corpus Christie. He averaged 23 points to go along with nine rebounds per game in his senior season. He was leaned on heavily on the offensive side of the ball and delivered putting up big numbers.
Perrantes is a 6-foot, 2-inch point guard out of Virginia who is skilled at creating his own shot and has potential to be a great playmaker. He averaged 13 points and four assists per game on the season.
Jefferson, the longest tenured Duke player ever, worked out with the Nets. His impressive 10 points and nine rebounds per game stat line is overshadowed by the great character and demeanor he carries himself with that can be very valuable at the professional level.
Evans is a point guard out of Oklahoma State University. He averaged 19 points and 6.5 assists per game in his sophomore year of college. He’s showed some serious poise to go along with a great knack for scoring the ball when his team needed him the most.
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Mason III is a senior out of the University of Kansas. He won the National Player of the Year award and led the show on a contending team this past season. While some doubt his athleticism, fans won’t find many point guards willing to compete as much as this guy.
Lydon is a stretch four from the University of Syracuse. His ability to stretch the floor and rebound the ball is more than enough reason for the Nets to take a serious look at him when they have the 27th pick.
Lewis is a senior point guard out of VCU. He’s a player who will attack the paint relentlessly throughout a game. He has the ability to shoot the three-ball to go along with his ability to drive to the hole.
Moore is a point guard out of the University of North Florida. He was a senior last season and posted a 23.5 point per game average, and is a score first guard. With that being said, there are a lot of encouraging features of his game that suggest if developed right, he can turn into a playmaker.
Cleveland is a SG out of the University of Southeast Missouri State. Most likely going to be a G-League player this upcoming season, Cleveland is a raw prospect who projects to be a ‘three and D’ guy if he progresses at a good rate.
Hicks is a PF coming from National Champion North Carolina. A valuable weapon to Roy Williams off the bench this past season, Hicks is looking to provide that same spark this season. With athleticism and a nice feel for the game, he can be a solid NBA player for years to come.
Kris Jenkins is a senior small forward for the University of Villanova. The former National Champion is beloved by the Philadelphia community for hitting arguably the greatest shot in college basketball history, and he has a real shot of being a solid pro in the NBA. Although he averaged 13 points per game as a senior, he shot considerably well from deep last season.
Artis is a senior SF out of the University of Pittsburgh. His feel for the game, three-point shot and athleticism were tough to handle in the college game. His only flaw is his age at 24 years old.
Reed is a senior out of the University of Miami. He is a lethal spot-up shooter who can shoot the ball with any type of coverage draped over him. His senior year saw him averaging 15 points per game, and he will probably be a G-League player his first year to see if his skill set can grow from there.
Oliver is a sophomore PF out of the University of Nevada. Cameron’s ability to jump and shoot and at such a young age can make for a very interesting choice in the second round. If he spends a year in the G-League and can refine some of his rough spots, he can be a player who can crack the rotation in about a year.
Doyle is a small shooting guard out of the University of Loyola. His 6-foot, 3-inch frame might not be the most appealing, but Milton is a player who can really bring some energy to a lineup. He’ll most likely be a G-League player next season.
Smits is a PF prospect from Latvia but isn’t necessarily a stretch four just yet. He struggled from downtown last season playing in the Spanish third division. He still has good form on his shot and is a problem that can definitely be fixed. With that being said, he still shows a lot of promise and deserves to get looked at.
Wiley is a senior PF out of the University of Eastern Washington. He averaged around 21 points and 9 rebounds this past season and, much like Caleb Swanigan, is an old school big who does most of his work in the low post area. He didn’t shoot many threes but when he did he knocked them down at a pretty decent rate.
Dorsey is a sophomore from the University of Oregon. He was a critical piece in a Final Four team and showed he can step up for the big moments. He was a slashing shooting guard who is creative with his finishes in the paint.
Hill is a senior out of the University of Illinois. He’s a bonafide scorer and although he lacks some athleticism, he makes up for it with great positioning and off-ball movement.
Hill is a senior PF out of Kent State, and a Brooklyn native. He didn’t shoot many threes in his collegiate career, but he was a great rebounder both offensive and defensive, and that showed in his senior season when he averaged 11 rebounds per game.
Petrasek is a senior PF at the University of Columbia. He is a skilled shooter with shaky mechanics, but nothing too bad that it can’t be fixed.
Humphries is a center prospect from the University of Kentucky. He struggled to get minutes under Calipari but didn’t play horribly in the minutes he got. He’s still 19 years of age, so there is still some diamond in the rough potential with him.
Thornwell is a senior from the University of South Carolina. The Gamecocks had an amazing year finishing in the Final Four, and Thornwell had a lot to do with their success. Thornwell is 23, so his ceiling probably isn’t that high, but his March Madness run shows he is ready to produce right away.
Kaba is a 21-year-old PF who plays in France. Kaba is a pick and roll specialist and provides huge energy to a team’s defense. He’s the typical lobs/dunks guy and is probably working out with the Nets to be a defensive stopper alongside Brook Lopez.