Bucks workout potential second round picks while Billy McKinney says they have not made any guarantees in round one

Korie Lucious was one of two local kids invited to workout with the Bucks today.  (Photo:  Iowa Sports Daily)
Korie Lucious was one of two locals invited to workout with the Bucks today. (Photo: Iowa Sports Daily)

The Milwaukee Bucks held their third draft workout this morning in advance of the June 27th Draft. As opposed to the last crop of guys, today’s participants are hoping to sneak into the second round or snag a spot on a Summer League roster, in hopes to make it to a training camp.

The two most recognizable names that worked out today were Trent Lockett and Korie Lucious. Lockett, a 6-foot-5 wing, was a starter for the Marquette squad that made it to the Elite Eight this past season and Lucious, a 5-foot-11 guard, was a high school standout in Milwaukee before he left for Michigan State. He then transferred to Iowa State to finish out his collegiate eligibility after he was dismissed from the Spartans.

The other participants in today’s workout included Memphis guard DJ Stephens, a freakish athlete who tested with a 46” max vertical at the Chicago combine, USC seven-footer Dewayne Dedmon, Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, and Cal State Fullerton guard D.J. Seeley.

Director of scouting Billy McKinney offered a little bit of insight into the Bucks strategy, stating that a few of the guys they brought in were being looked at with the 43rd pick (most likely Stephens or Dedmon).

Also, when asked about the rumored guarantees made to European players Sergey Karasev and Dennis Schröder, McKinney made it clear how the Bucks operate.

 “We haven’t done that. Different teams have different philosophies about how they approach that. I think it’s good, especially at 15 or 43, having an idea of who’s going to be there and having an open mind. There’s a lot of things that compact how you’re going to draft, based on what happens at draft day.”

This comes off of the rumor that the Bucks had indeed made a promise to one of those workout participants. Of course, that is all speculative and nobody really knows what the status of that rumor is at this point.

The Bucks next scheduled workout will take place on June 12th.  There should be three or four more workouts scheduled after that.

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  1. If Shane Larkin is still there at 15 I feel like he will be the pick. Is that high? Sure. However, his smarts and athleticism are there, he also plays defense. I would be more than happy with that pick. DJ Stephens also seems like a reach with the 43rd pick but call me crazy, I’d do it. The simple fact is this guy will defend the all so potent SF position. His arms are absurdly long, his quickness is insanely quick, and his hops make Vince Carter seem just okay. Do yourself a favor and youtube Memphis Midnight Madness, his first dunk doesn’t even look possible. The Bucks drafting the guys with the 2 fastest 3/4 court sprint times and 2 highest verticals, I’m down for that. GO BUCKS!

  2. kenneth springer

    OK…im a complete remedial student when it comes to NBA draft. Of course, the future of the team is at risk with draft choices-so I pray for good fortune(s).
    Seems like Hammonds time here has been like 50/50 with draft pick success. Like using a metal detector–get a great PING, but must dig deep to really locate the treasure. Lets all think positive, maybe he’ll
    find some gold pieces this year