Chad Ford released his fifth ESPN mock draft yesterday, and in it the Brooklyn Nets select Tony Snell, a 6’7″ wing from New Mexico. The Nets worked out Snell on Wednesday, June 12.
A junior with the Lobos, the 21-year-old Snell barely improved from his sophomore to junior year, averaging 12.5 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game in 35 games last season.
Snell projects as a small forward with outside range in the NBA, shooting 39% from deep and 42.2% overall, but there are questions about his lack of aggressiveness. He may end up settling into a specialist role in the NBA. Here’s what Ford had to say about him (Insider):
Snell quietly is flying up the draft boards after a series of terrific workouts. He’s in play now with Chicago, Utah, Brooklyn and Indiana. The appeal? He’s a super athletic wing with NBA length and defensive abilities. He was very inconsistent at New Mexico, but I’m told numerous NBA teams love the talent.
Ford adds that Tim Hardaway Jr. and Gorgui Dieng are also “in play” for the Nets. Ford has Hardaway Jr. going 27th and Dieng 28th.
ESPN — 2013 NBA Mock Draft 5.0