The Brooklyn Nets host their first of two open pre-draft workouts today, at their practice facility in Rutherford, New Jersey.
Prospects expected to work out for the Nets are Vincent Council (PG, Providence), Ray McCallum (PG, Detroit), Dami Sapara (SG, College of the Ozarks), Allen Crabbe (SG, California), Reggie Johnson (C, Miami), and Jeff Withey (C, Kansas).
Crabbe, a 21-year-old junior, and Withey, a 23-year-old senior, are expected to get selected around the Nets’ first pick, the 22nd of the first round. The other prospects will likely end up second-round picks or undrafted.
Withey averaged 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game with Kansas in his senior year, shooting 58.2% from the field. He also shot one three-pointer all season and made it, giving him something in common with Brook Lopez.
In 36 games at California, Crabbe averaged 18.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 36.2 minutes per game, shooting 45.9% from the field and 34.8% from three. It was his lowest three-point percentage in any of his three seasons at California.
More notes: Council is a native of Brooklyn. Sapara, 24, is a native of Staten Island, but hasn’t played Division I college basketball since 2010. Sapara finished his college career at College of the Ozarks, which I swear is a real place. Johnson had a promising freshman and sophomore year at Miami, but regressed in his last two seasons and has battled weight issues (Johnson measured at 6’9″ and 329 pounds at the LeBron James Skills Academy last July). Johnson also had surgery in March to repair a minor meniscus tear. McCallum has a 40″ vertical and appears to have the most upside of the remaining candidates, and is projected to go late in the second round.