Bucks bring in six more guards for a workout

The Bucks are bringing in six players, including Iowa shooting guard Devyn Marble, for a private team workout Wednesday. The group also

Iowa guard Devyn Marble.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Iowa guard Devyn Marble. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

includes Jordan McRae and Kendall Williams, another pair of college stars ranked in the top 100 NBA prospects according to DraftExpress.

The Bucks own the #2, #31, #36 and #48 picks in the upcoming June 26 draft.

Devyn Marble

DraftExpress profile (#50 of top 100 prospects)

A four-year player from the University of Iowa, the 6’6″, 192 lb. Marble will likely be a shooting guard in the NBA. As a senior, he was selected to the 2013-14 All-Big Ten Team by both the coaches and the media. Marble could stand to improve his outside shooting and and add bulk to his lean frame, but he has legitimate NBA 2-guard size, including a 6’9″ wingspan.

He is also an accurate and willing passer, averaging over 3.0 assists per game in his final three college seasons despite playing off the ball for the most part.

Marble shot well from long range at the 2014 NBA Combine by making 16 of 25 of his attempts, while posting respectable yet unspectacular numbers in the agility drills.

He is a bit like Andrew Wiggins in the sense that both are the sons of former NBA players who were banned from the league for substance abuse violations. Marble is the son of Roy Marble, who played briefly for the Hawks and Nuggets in the late 80s and early 90s.

Below is a clip from Marble’s senior season while playing against the University of Minnesota.

Jordan McRae

DraftExpress profile (#71)

McRae finished fourth in the SEC in scoring by averaging 18.5 points per game, while shooting 48.9% on two-point shots and 34.3% on three-pointers. He makes up for being an undersized NBA shooting guard — 6’3.75″ without shoes– with a somewhat ridiculous 7’0.5″ wingspan. That means that he’s already way ahead in John Hammond’s mind.

Based on his combine numbers, he compares about equally to Marble in terms of athletic ability, and again, like Marble, the 180-pound McRae is a bit on the thin side.

McRae played four seasons at Tennessee, so he spent some time playing alongside former Buck Tobias Harris. I just hope he has great anecdotes so we can all relive the Harris Era.

Kendall Williams

DraftExpress profile (#96)

Williams was First-Team All Mountain West in his final two season at New Mexico, and was the conference’s 2012-13 Player of the Year as a junior.

The 6’4″ point guard posted terrific anthropometrics at the NBA Combine, including top-10 finishes in the lane agility and shuttle run drills. (Really. Anthropometrics is the NBA’s term, not mine.) Unfortunately, he didn’t do as well in the shooting drills and it’s a bit questionable if his good college 3-point shooting will translate to the longer NBA distance.

On the other hand, Williams has a knack for finishing off Mountain West Tournament Championship games in style (2013, 2014 below)

Today’s other participants are Billy Baron of Canisius, Geron Johnson of Memphis, and Justin Simmons from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Baron averaged 24.4 points per game as a senior while posting excellent shooting percentages.

Johnson was athletic enough to finish in the top-20 of his conference in rebounding despite playing guard. He earned a scholarship to Memphis despite a grocery list of legal issues.

Simmons hails from Milwaukee and is a graduate of South Division High School.

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