Wednesday was a big day at the Cousins Center, as the workouts began to heat up with three potential first-round picks in attendance. The list was headlined by power forwards Perry Jones III (Baylor), Terrence Jones (Kentucky), and Arnett Moultrie (Mississippi State). Jones III and Jones are very strong candidates to be taken by the Bucks at no. 12, while Moultrie could be taken a little later in the first round if the Bucks decide to trade down in the draft. Joining these three players were Long Beach State senior guard Larry Anderson (again), Alabama’s senior forward JaMychal Green, and guard from the Czech Republic Tomas Satoransky.
Perry Jones III has long been rumored as one of the front-runners of for the Bucks’ first-round draft pick. Jones brings a lot of athleticism to the table and has potential to be a flat out stud. The downside of PJ3 is that many people have criticized his motor (not work ethic or attitude, but energy) and his passive-aggressive attitude. But Jones told interviewers at the combine that he is working hard at improving that aspect of himself and that he has gained a lot of confidence since leaving school. Take a look for yourself.
Terrence Jones also is being considered at the no.12 pick, although he doesn’t necessarily fill one need. However, his versatility is something that both he and Bucks’ Director of Scouting Billy McKinney chose to highlight. McKinney, on the proclaimed “hybrid forward”,
“Once you get him into a game, three-on-three or a full game, is really when you see what he can do. He can play multiple positions defensively. Offensively, he has the ability to make threes or just make outside shots, but he can also put it on the floor. If he plays at the small forward position, he can post players up. If he plays against power forwards he can post them up or take them out on the floor.”
Jones didn’t contest that evaluation.
“I’m just trying to be versatile and be able to play both positions. The way I drive and rebound and just pass the ball, I think those are my strengths.”
Moultrie also got a chance to showcase his wide variety of talents, something he wasn’t able to show in college.
“I didn’t get to show my skill level at Mississippi State; I just played around the basket. In my eyes I’m a stretch 4. I can guard three positions – 3, 4 and 5.
Long Beach State guard Larry Anderson worked out with the Bucks for the second time in the past week, while JaMychal Green and Tomas Satoransky both were hear for the first time. All three players all are expected to be selected in the second round and all should be available when the Bucks are up with the no. 42 pick.