Draft Notes: Achiuwa, Jones, Hampton, Terry

Potential top-10 selection Precious Achiuwa has interviewed with a number of lottery teams, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype tweets. Achiuwa, a power forward who averaged 15.8 PPG and 10.8 MPG as a Memphis freshman last season, has talked to the Kings, Wizards, Knicks, Nets, Cavaliers, Suns, Spurs, Pistons and Thunder, among others. He’s currently listed at No. 10 overall on ESPN’s list of this year’s top 100 prospects.

We have more on the draft:

  • Duke point guard Tre Jones has spoken with the Bucks, Suns, Thunder and Timberwolves, among others, according to Kennedy (Twitter link). Jones had an interview lined up with the Bulls, but it was postponed due to their coaching change. Jones anticipates he’ll be a mid- to late-first round pick. He’s currently listed at No. 34 overall by ESPN.
  • Combo guard RJ Hampton, who played last season in Australia’s NBL, has talked to the Wizards, Kings, Thunder, Pistons, Suns, Trail Blazers, Knicks and Bulls, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington tweets. He posted modest stats in 15 NBL games before suffering a hip flexor injury and returning the U.S. Hampton is currently ranked No. 13 by ESPN and Hughes speculates he could be a late lottery steal like Michael Porter Jr., who sat out for a year after getting drafted by the Nuggets.
  • Stanford point guard Tyrell Terry has interviewed with the Suns, Thunder, 76ers, Raptors, Knicks, Nets, WarriorsTimberwolves and Bulls, Kennedy tweets. He’s pegged at No. 42 in ESPN’s rankings. He averaged 14.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 3.2 APG as a freshman.
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11 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Achiuwa, Jones, Hampton, Terry

  1. Sillivan

    There are 3 first round draft picks in this article. Knicks have interview all 3 players as follows
    Precious Achiuwa
    RJ Hampton
    Tyrell Terry

    How many first round picks Knicks need?

      • Dorothy_Mantooth

        I believe the Knicks have two first round picks this year so it makes sense for them to talk to multiple players, especially those predicted to go towards the end of the first round like Tyrell Terry and Tre Jones. They should be able to get a solid rotation piece with their #8 overall pick. Either a PG or a PF/C type.

        • hiflew

          They also have pick 38 in the second, which is more likely for a #42 ranked player like Terry. Sure you could take him in the 1st round, but you could also take him later. The difference between pick 27 and pick 38 is not that much other than the contract.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Come back to earth. We’ll wait . Knicks haven’t had 2 # 1 picks. Maybe ever. No time to look it up. Try to stay on point.

  2. I’ll never understand why RJ Hampton keeps dropping in this crap draft class. In other years I’d understand, but with this year’s crop, he should go top 10 without question.

    • hiflew

      Because they went y the results of his playing against better competition than high school. There have been lots of players that looked great against HS competition that looked much worse in college. It only makes sense that it would apply to a pro league with similar competition to a major college conference. Sometimes players rise to the top, other times they prove to be a big fish in a small pond.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    RJ hasn’t done anything. He was a high school star and has size. Plenty of those working 8-5 today.
    Achiuwa is a very nice player. Bronx native, so Knicks know him well. He will go in lottery. But eight for NYK is too high. Boston at 14 would be lucky to get him. Better not pass on him. Cause he fits them at PF, perfectly.

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