If there’s one workout people should pay attention too, it’s this one. Today’s group of prospects is talented and varied. There are your proven producers and the guys with great upside. There are McDonald’s All-American’s, All Big-East players, All Big-12 players and AP-All-Americans. It’s a going to be a good one, folks.
- Markieff Morris – Forward – Kansas
- Tristan Thompson – Forward – Texas
- Alec Burks – Guard – Colorado
- Chris Wright – Guard – Georgetown
- Corey Joseph – Guard – Texas
- E’Twaun Moore – Guard – Purdue
Burks is the man to watch. His measurements might make you drool. He’s 6’6” tall with a 6’10” wingspan. He’s only 193 pounds, but his growth spurt was rather late so he should fill out. He is the shooting guard prototype. But if measurements meant much, then Kwame Brown would be ruling the league and J.J. Barea wouldn’t be a major contributor in the Finals. On the shooting guard prototype spectrum, Burks is currently much closer to Marquis Daniels than Brandon Roy.
Like Roy, Burks dominates the ball. If he wants minutes in his rookie season then he’ll need to change that. According to Draft Express, Burks has been shown some new moves in his scoring repertoire and looks improved in his catch and shoot. Both positive signs when it comes to his off the ball movement. Burks is already an efficient scorer. In his sophomore season, he averaged 20.5 points a game on only 46.5 percent shooting. His scoring strength lies in his ability to penetrate and create that penetration. His three-point shooting is his greatest weakness as he only shot 29 percent from three.
Thompson is the next guy of note. The Big 12 Freshman of the year anchored an excellent Texas defense. However he was also a problem in an awful Texas offense. It sounds like he’ll fit right in with the Bucks.
He struggled against the Morris twins and the bigs of North Carolina, but he has flashed potential with 10 double-doubles last season. He’s projected to be a power forward and at 6’8” he might be a little short. Thompson makes up for it with his athleticism and exceptional length. I’m sure we’ll hear all about that length come draft night.
Ian Segovia writes for the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter.