Jarekious Bradley

Eastern Notes: Russell, Porzingis, Raptors

Ohio State playmaker D’Angelo Russell had an under-the-radar workout with the Knicks back on June 11th, shortly before he pulled out of a scheduled workout with the Sixers due to an undisclosed illness, Marc Berman of The New York Post writes. There are rumblings that Philadelphia has become enamored with forward Kristaps Porzingis, and Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress has Philly taking the Latvian with the No. 3 overall pick in his latest mock draft. However, a league source insists the Sixers taking Porzingis over Russell is a reach and they are after the best available player regardless of position, Berman notes. “If you’re basing taking him [Porzingis] because of last week’s workout, you should be fired,’’ the league source told Berman.

Here’s the latest from the East:

  • Porzingis met with representatives from the Magic today in Orlando, but did not work out for the team, Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops relays (Twitter link).
  • Texas big man Myles Turner has an individual workout scheduled Friday morning with the Hornets, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer relays (on Twitter). The majority of mock drafts predict that Charlotte will select a wing who can score from deep, and though Turner does have the ability to stretch defenses, selecting him could prove redundant in the wake of the team’s acquisition of Spencer Hawes from the Clippers.
  • The Raptors held pre-draft workouts today for Terry Rozier (Louisville), R.J. Hunter (Georgia State), J.P. Tokoto (North Carolina), Phil Greene (St. John’s), Tekele Cotton (Wichita State), and Jarekious Bradley (Southeast Missouri State), the team announced.
  • Michael Qualls (Arizona), Rashad Vaughn (UNLV), Richaun Holmes (Bowling Green), and Josh Smith (Georgetown) all pulled out of their scheduled workouts with the Nets today, The Brooklyn Game relays (Twitter link). The reason for Qualls’ withdrawal is obvious, with the player having suffered a torn ACL, but it is unclear why the other players declined to attend the showcase.

Draft Notes: Turner, Okafor, Jones

One of the issues that is holding back Texas big man Myles Turner from being a potential top five pick are concerns about his awkward running style, and the potential for injury that his unusual gait could bring. In his weekly chat, ESPN’s Chad Ford (Insider subscription required) notes that Turner has been working with a running coach and has shown remarkable improvement in this regard. The 19-year-old is the No. 10 overall prospect according to Ford, while Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress ranks him No. 11. You can view our full prospect profile for Turner here.

Here’s more notes from the upcoming draft:

  •  Ford also hears that Jahlil Okafor, who was the No. 1 ranked prospect for much of the season before being overtaken by Karl-Anthony Towns, is falling on a number of teams’ draft boards. Okafor, who is No. 2 according to both ESPN.com and DraftExpress, could drop as far as the fifth overall pick in June, Ford opines.
  • The Rockets are growing increasingly enamored with Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones, Ford also notes. Houston currently owns the 18th overall pick, while Jones is ranked as the No. 22 overall prospect by Ford, and Givony slots him at No. 19. Jones’ full prospect profile can be found here.
  • Ford released his latest mock draft (Insider subscription required), and he predicts the top three picks as Towns going No. 1 overall, followed by Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell.
  • Southeast Missouri State senior guard Jarekious Bradley has signed with agent Brian Bass of RBA Sports, Bass announced via Twitter. The 24-year-old is not currently projected to be taken in June’s draft.