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Draft Notes: Kaminsky, Turner, Johnson

Texas big man Myles Turner didn’t perform as anticipated during his lone NCAA season, but a number of league personnel believe he will blossom when he steps onto the NBA hardwood, Brendan Savage of writes. “He didn’t have a great year, but the team was disorganized,” one NBA GM told Savage. “He’s a guy that I fully expect to be a better pro than college player. I think he’ll be late lottery and if I’m wrong, middle of the first, because his workouts will be good. And he’s another guy who can shoot the ball. They were jerking him in and out of the lineup and I didn’t understand it; it’s not like they were Duke and playing for the national championship.

Here’s more regarding the upcoming NBA Draft:

  • BDA Sports Management’s pro day on Thursday saw over 150 NBA personnel in attendance, and Chad Ford of (Insider subscription required) runs down five players who improved their draft stock as a result of their showing at the event. According to the ESPN scribe, Frank Kaminsky, Kelly Oubre, Stanley Johnson, Robert Upshaw, and Andrew Harrison all had stellar performances.
  • Kaminsky entertained the idea of entering last season’s draft, Ford relays, but the big man admits that he wasn’t quite ready for the NBA at that point. “I knew I needed to get better. I wanted to go back to school, finish my degree and do more research by watching NBA basketball so I could see what I needed to get better at,” Kaminsky said. “It was like a free year to study for your final exam.
  • A scout who was at the pro day told Darren Wolfson of 1500 (via Twitter) that Kaminsky and Oubre were clearly the two best players on the court, but Johnson was merely “decent.”

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