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A taller batch of second round prospects visits Milwaukee

| May 30, 2014

Category: Draft Talk

Carson after a double overtime victory. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Carson after a double overtime victory. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Bucks will continue their draft workouts Friday morning with a the extra athletic Jahii Carson and a group largely comprised of forward second round prospects. The list, per Bucks PR:

Jahii Carson (G, 5-foot-10, 180 lbs, Arizona State)
Justin Cobbs (G, 6-foot-4, 190 lbs, California)
Davante Gardner (F, 6-foot-8, 290 lbs, Marquette)
Cory Jefferson (F, 6-foot-9, 290 lbs, Baylor)
Artem Klimenko (C, 7 foot, 242 lbs, Russia)
Akil Mitchell (F, 6-foot-8, 235 lbs, Virginia)

I played the Google Game again with today’s group of prospects, hoping to find something interesting about one of them. For a second, I thought I’d struck gold

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Alas, we have another case of mistaken identity. There is an Artem Klimenko arm wrestler and an Artem Klimenko basketball player. So far as I know, the Bucks are bringing in the basketball playing one for a draft workout today. Another example of short sighted thinking by the Bucks.

Basketball Klimenko is long and mobile according to Draft Express, and the long part checks out, as he has a 7-foot-4 wingspan and 9-foot-4 standing reach. As a comparison, John Henson’s respective numbers were 7-foot-5 and 9-foot-4. Klimenko is 20-years-old and currently seems to project more as a run rim to rim and finish type of fella. So if we’re thinking of him in terms of recent or current Bucks players, he’s more like Francisco Elson than Henson.

Carson has a crazy 43.5″ max vertical and averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 assists per game last season at Arizona State. He started all 68 games in two seasons with the Sun Devils. Really, he jumps high.

Gardner went to Marquette, so he’s probably living nearby, which makes bringing him in easy, which is why he is involved. He’s unlikely to be drafted. Best case scenario for him is the Dominic James Honorary Summer League Invite, ala Junior Cadougan last season.

Rankings on the DX 100:

Player Ranking
Carson 56
Cobbs -
Gardner -
Jefferson 57
Klimenko 39
Mitchell 76

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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