(Welcome Eric Buenning to Bucksketball. He loves the Bucks. I pressed him on why and he sounded sufficiently depressed enough for me to believe his love was pure. He’s going to be helping out and doing some writing now. – Jeremy)
The NBA combine took place Thursday and Friday in Chicago on the UIC campus. Sixty of the draft’s top prospects were in attendance, as well as representatives from most if not all of the NBA franchises (including a smiling and upbeat Scott Skiles—okay I saw him smile once, but that is a lot for him).
While a few of the top prospects at each position did not participate in the drills on day one, all of them were measured and tested on skills such as verticals and numerous agility drills, although those results are not to be released by the NBA until a later date. Below are the measurements of potential Bucks draft picks, as gathered by numerous mock drafts and how they compare to current and former Bucks bodies (skill set not important).
Austin Rivers: 6’ 5”– 202.8lbs– 6’ 7.25”– wingspan– 8’ 1” standing reach
(Recent) Bucks most similar body: Jodie Meeks
Jared Sullinger: 6’ 9”– 268.2lbs– 7’ 1.25”—wingspan– 8’ 11” standing reach
(Old) Bucks most similar body: Danny Fortson
Perry Jones III: 6’ 11.25”– 233.8lbs– 7’ 1.75” wingspan– 8’ 10.5” standing reach
Bucks most similar body: Larry Sanders
Terrence Jones: 6’ 9.5”– 252.0lbs– 7’ 2.25” wingspan– 8’ 9.5” standing reach
(Legendary) Bucks most similar body: Glenn Robinson
Terrence Ross: 6’ 7”– 196.6lbs–6’ 7.25″ wingspan–8′ 5″ standing reach
(Released) Bucks most similar body: Darington Hobson
Tyler Zeller: 7’ 0.5”– 247.4lbs– 7’ 0” wingspan– 8’ 8” standing reach
(Clumsy) Bucks most similar body: Dan Gadzuric
As is expected with the combine, there are both surprises and disappointments.
— Terrence Jones is freakishly long and is more put together than expected. Both suggest that he will be able to play the power forward position at the next level
— Jared Sullinger appears to be in better shape and has a much longer wingspan than expected
— Terrence Ross’ wingspan is only a quarter-inch longer than his height. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it would be nice to see those few extra inches on what is expected to be a solid perimeter defender
— Perry Jones is a little thin for his frame. If he is expected to play the power forward position for the Bucks, he will have to put on some weight.
Additional players to keep an eye out for: SF Moe Harkless, PF/C Arnett Moultrie, C Meyers Leonard, C John Henson.