The Bucks brought in a small group of guards for their third team-organized workout Saturday. Though the group size was small, the guards themselves were not, and that was something that the Bucks are actively looking for. Their starting backcourt is undersized to say the least, with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis standing 6-1 and 6-3, respectively.
Headlining the four-guard workout were Memphis’ Will Barton (6-6) and French prospect Evan Fournier (6-7). Joining them were Long Beach State guard Larry Anderson (6-5) and Temple guard Ramone Moore (6-4).
Barton came off of a successful sophomore season if Memphis, if you consider Conference USA Player of the Year a success. Kidding aside, Barton did average 18 points/game, while shooting 51 percent from the field. He was also one of only nine players in Memphis history to surpass the 1,000 point mark by the end of two years. In other words, the dude can score.
Barton was also interviewed a bit longer than usual at the NBA combine last week by the Bucks, and The Journal Times’ Gery Woelfel suggests that doing so may have revealed the Bucks’ intentions with their second round pick.
Barton is also well aware of those intentions.
“They told me they could use a big guard like me,” Barton said. “We’ll see what happens.”
While selecting Barton 12th would be a significant reach, the team is hoping that they can get lucky and have a guy like Barton fall to them in the second round (pick no. 42, to be exact). Barton is expected to be a late first, early second round draft pick.
Fournier is a big guard that has a smooth skillset, including the capability of hitting outside shots. He’s also only 19 and projected to be the first international player taken in the upcoming draft. While he’s not necessarily the next best thing to come from overseas, his agent Bouna Ndiaye is reminded of a current NBA overseas stud when he discusses Fournier.
“He’s very underrated. He reminds of Manu Ginobili. He’s aggressive, he’s got real good vision and he’s a real good scorer.
Similarly to Barton, Fournier is a reach at no. 12, and definitely won’t be around by the time the Bucks pick again. If they were to select Fournier, some moving around would have to be done on the draft board.
Anderson was a three time All-Big West selection and was named 2012 Big West Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the Lefty Dreisell Defensive All-American Team, one of seventeen players nationwide.
Moore was named first team All-Atlantic 10 in his senior year, and ranked second in the league in scoring, at 17.3ppg.
– Also on July 1st, Brandon Jennings’ agent Bill Duffy and Bucks GM John Hammond are allowed to begin contract extension talks.
– July 2nd is my birthday, but some things are obviously more important.
Eric Buenning is a writer for Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter.