Thanasis Antetokounmpo and other wings in for another draft workout

Here is Josh Huestis and a fella with a fu manchu. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Here is Josh Huestis and a fella with a fu manchu. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Todays list of potential second round picks is headed by Thanasis Antetokoounmpo, brother of a current Milwaukee Bucks player. Thanasis has been in the sphere of Milwaukee Bucks fans virtually ever since his brother was selected in the first round by the team last June, so it was a no-brainer that he’d eventually be coming to Milwaukee for a workout. He spoke to reporters at the combine in May about Milwaukee.

If you’re looking for more info, just check out this piece from Alex Boeder at Bucks.com.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo (F, 6-foot-6, 205 lbs, Delaware 87ers)
Cameron Clark (F, 6-foot6, 210 lbs, Oklahoma)
Fuquan Edwin (G/F, 6-foot-6, 207 lbs, Seton Hall)
Josh Huestis (F, 6-foot-7, 213 lbs, Stanford)
Melvin Johnson (G, 6-foot-5, 185 lbs, Arkansas State)
Ovie Soko (F, 6-foot-8, 225 lbs, Duquesne)

Draft Express Top 100 Ratings:

Player Ranking
Antetkounmpo 61
Clark -
Edwin 70
Huestis 54
Johnson -
Soko -

While Antetokounmpo is sure to draw the most conversation (YOUR BROTHER IS ON THE BUCKS, WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? WHICH ONE OF YOU CAN WIN ONE ON ONE? HAR HAR HAR!), it’s Josh Huestis who is actually ranked highest by Draft Express among those attending today’s workout, despite this less than glowing write-up:

Huestis doesn’t look like a particularly attractive NBA prospect, only scoring 12.5 points per-40 minutes pace adjusted in each of the last two seasons (the lowest rate of any player in our Top-100 rankings besides Aaron Craft), while doing so on middling efficiency (51% TS%, fourth worst in our Top-100).

NBA teams are quietly warming up to Huestis’ role-playing potential, though, as he displays a number of intriguing qualities that could help him develop into a useful utility player.

Huestis (whose name I actually have more trouble spelling than Antetokounmpo at this point) was not at the Chicago combine, but his max vertical leap was measured at 38.5 at a recent workout at the Clippers facility and his wingspan was measured 7’1″, right on par with Thanasis, whose athleticism has been touted around these parts before. DX writes that Huestis effectively uses his athleticism on the defensive end, which is what makes him an appealing prospect. If he could learn how to consistently hit threes, it sounds like he could be a useful role player. Basically, he’s a low ceiling offensive player who could turn himself into a contributor in the NBA as a defensive threat.

Edwin is another player with defensive potential, as he was awarded last season’s Big East Defensive Player of the Year award, thanks at least in part to his thievery. He was second in the entire NCAA last season in steals per 40 minutes. He’s certainly not one who will should ever have his toughness or resolve questioned either, judging from this piece on his life as a younger man.

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