The 2012 NBA Draft Combine got underway Thursday in Chicago and will continue through Friday as prospects are tested, weighed and interviewed with hopes of improving their stock for June 28. Former Florida star Bradley Beal's height was a point of contention heading into the combine but the ex-Gator shooting guard surprised everyone when he told reporters he measured in at 6-foot-4, which was on the higher end of expectations. Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio has more news and headlines out of Chicago with the draft exactly three weeks away…
- Not only would Harrison Barnes be a good fit for the Cavs given his on-court talents, but the former North Carolina star also happens to be very good friends with budding star Kyrie Irving. The small forward is described as being very professional and his relationship with Irving could lead to the Cavs selecting him with the fourth pick in the draft. “I wouldn’t say (Barnes) is going to be a regular All-Star in this league, but I think he’ll be better (in the NBA) than he was in college with the right guys around him,” said one Western Conference executive. “Basically, he’s not someone who will carry your team by himself, but he could be a whale of a No. 2 option.”
- The Knicks are looking to obtain a first-round pick as they currently hold a second-round selection (48th overall). There are several teams with two picks in the first round that are looking to trade down including the Trail Blazers, Celtics and Warriors. If the Knicks are able to secure a first-round pick, look for New York to explore a variety of options as the team has roster needs across the board.
- Former Ohio State star Jared Sullinger's stock is up in the air as experts say the big man could go anywhere from sixth to 15th. The Celtics have expressed interest in Sullinger but may not be able to draft him as he could be off the board by the time they pick at 21st. Uncertainty over Sullinger's draft status stems from his lack of adequate size to play center and not being a natural fit at power forward.