Draft Notes: Payne, Sixers, Magic

In today’s chat, a reader asked Chad Ford of ESPN.com if he feels that Myles Turner getting out ahead of the story on his running style will alleviate the fears of GMs picking in the lottery.  Ford feels that it’s a good start and notes that the reports from Turner’s camp are encouraging.  If he can correct his running style, Ford could see him going as high as No. 5 or No. 6 in the draft.  Here’s a look at the latest draft news..

  • After Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell, ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla said that he views Murray State’s Cameron Payne, Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, and Utah’s Delon Wright as the top point guards in the draft, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic writes.  Fraschilla was particularly high on Payne, who he feels “has a chance to be a tremendous NBA player.”  The Murray State star spoke with Hoops Rumors last week about his skill set and NBA goals.
  • The Sixers will interview Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey on Thursday, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (on Twitter).  Pompey sees Harvey as a possible steal in the second round. The sophomore is currently ranked No. 35 overall by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford and No. 75 by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.
  • One of the Magic‘s interviews Wednesday at the combine was with Anthony Brown of Stanford, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweets.  DraftExpress.com ranks Brown as the No. 41 overall prospect and ESPN.com (Insider subscription required) places him 61st.

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