Draft Notes: Fournier, Lottery, Jazz, Wolves

With the 2012 NBA Draft scheduled for Thursday June 28th, we should expect to see more and more early entrant decisions and mock drafts as the next two months progress.  Luke Adams recently posted an index page for our Prospect Profile series, which should become more complete as we near the draft.  Let's take a look at some draft updates as we head into Friday night's games:

  • Jonathan Givony from Draft Express takes a look at Evan Fournier, and he says could be the only international player taken in this year's first round.  Givony says the 19-year-old Frenchman is, at 6-foot-7 with a good frame, the ideal size to play wing in the NBA, but needs to work on his jumper.
  • Chad Ford in an ESPN insider piece provides a detailed look at the race for the top selections in June's draft as well as many of the existing trade scenarios that will help to shape the order.  The Jazz, in particular, are an interesting case – they can still end up with two lottery picks, or they can end up with none.
  • Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press takes a look at the Timberwolves' draft situation, who will have an eye on the Jazz's final few games of the season.  Minnesota traded away their own first rounder, but should the Jazz make the playoffs the Wolves would get their first rounder as part of the Al Jefferson trade.  Walters says Minnesota is desperate for a shooting guard.

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