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Keith Benson Most Intriguing on Day Three of Workouts

| June 3, 2011

Category: Draft Talk

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If you thought yesterday’s Bucks draft workouts featured a smorgasbord of NBA talent, you will be blown away with today’s lineup. As the week continues, the number of big names brought in by the team continues to decrease. We can only hope the new week brings at least a few lottery-bound players. In the meantime, here are the future superstars showcasing their talents for the Bucks today.

  • Keith Benson - Center – Oakland
  • Gary McGhee - Center – Pittsburgh
  • Vlad Moldoveanu - Forward – American
  • Paul Carter – Forward – Illinois-Chicago
  • Pooh Williams – Guard/Forward – Utah State
  • Bryquis Perine – Guard – UW-Green Bay

Out of this group, Benson is the player to watch. While none of the others are projected to be drafted, the 6-foot-11 senior is expected to come off the board sometime in the second round. Like Tyler Honeycutt yesterday, Benson, who weighed in at 217 pounds at the combine, could stand to add some muscle to his lanky frame. A little bulk could help improve a skill set that is considered purely finesse at this point. DraftExpress, who currently projects Benson as the 14 pick in the second round, notes the former Golden Grizzly is a fluid athlete with great size, mobility and wingspan, but will have a hard time banging with NBA big men in the post.

The scouting report on Benson reads awfully similar to what draft analysts were saying about Larry Sanders prior to last year’s draft. Like Sanders, Benson is not quite NBA ready right out of college. With so many immediate needs, one being a backup center, the Bucks may not be in a position to wait on another prospect to develop. However, in a draft that is short on major impact players, Benson could be worth a second round pick if the Bucks have faith he will be able to add strength and become more aggressive around the hoop.

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For the second day in a row, the Bucks are bringing in a graduate of Milwaukee Vincent. Bryquis Perine shared a backcourt in high school with yesterday’s prospect, Diante Garrett. Like Garrett, Perine, listed at 6-foot-3, has size for a point guard. Unlike Garett, who is projected as a second round pick, there is little chance Perine gets drafted. He had a mediocre career at UW-Green Bay, averaging 11.2 ppg on 39 percent shooting as a senior, and is not garnering much attention outside of the Bucks.

Josh Hilgendorf is a contributor to the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook (right sidebar).

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