Today, we’ll focus on the guys who do the dirty work down low (Here is the story focusing on what big men the Magic could target in free agency).
Obviously, Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Thomas Robinson of Kansas, the two players who will likely be selected with the first two picks of the draft, aren’t options. Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Andre Drummond of Connecticut, will also be picked in the lottery. North Carolina teammates John Henson and Tyler Zeller are projected to go in the lottery as well. The stock of Baylor forward Perry Jones III seem to be falling, but he’s still unlikely to make it to 19 (although a few mocks do have Jones heading to Orlando).
Terrence Jones of Kentucky also may wind up becoming an NBA Power Forward, but he’ll likely be off the board as well.
Let’s take a look at a few players who are more likely to be available.
Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Leonard is a guy who seems to be climbing up the boards. After barely seeing the court his freshman season, Leonard played 31.8 minutes per game as a sophomore and it paid off for the Illini. He averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
Obviously, Leonard’s size stands out. At the combine, Leonard measure in at 6’11.75 in socks and 7’1.25 in shoes with a wing span of 7’3. Plus, at just 20 years old, Leonard weighs 245 lbs.
Leonard moves well for his size and is a nice athlete.
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