March 4, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini center Meyers Leonard shoots the ball as his team plays the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 70-56. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Big Men Highlight Bucks’ Second Pre-Draft Workout


Mar 25, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Tyler Zeller (44) shoots against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first half of the finals of the midwest region of the 2012 NCAA men

The Bucks’ second pre-draft workout will be held on Thursday. The Bucks are targeting big man prospects to fill their need at center. They’re looking at any and all possibilities to go with at picks #12 and #42. Let’s take a look at the guys who will be at the Bucks’ facilities Thursday.

Tyler Zeller
Position: Center
College: North Carolina
Height: 6’11″
Weight: 247 pounds
Standing Reach: 8’8.5″
Vertical Jump: 34 in.
2011-12 Stats: 16.3 ppg, 0.9 apg 9.6 rpg, 0.9 spg
Projected Draft Position: Late lottery
Analysis: Zeller is an absolute beast on the boards. He has a knack for tracking down the ball. He is a great finisher around the rim and is a solid post passer. Zeller will likely be around at pick #12 for the Bucks.

Dec 6, 2011; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse center Fab Melo (51) holds the ball away from Marshall Thundering Herd forward Robert Goff (2) during the game at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

 

Fab Melo
Position: Center
College: Syracuse
Height: 7’0″
Weight: 250 pounds
Standing Reach: 9’2″
Vertical Jump: 31 in.
2011-12 Stats: 7.8 ppg, 0.7 apg 5.8 rpg, 0.5 spg
Projected Draft Position: Late first round
Analysis: Fab Melo is a guy who underachieved in college. He has an ideal body for an NBA center. Melo is a great post defender but lacks an offensive weapon. Most of his baskets are off clean up offensive rebounds. He’ll certainly be a project for an NBA willing to draft him, but he has the potential to be an all-star center in 5-6 years. He’s projected as a late first round pick, so he’d be a reach at #12 and it’s very unlikely he’ll be around at pick #42.

Dec, 20, 2011; Toledo, OH, USA; Norfolk State Spartans center Kyle O

 

Kyle O’Quinn
Position: Power Forward/Center
College: Norfolk State
Height: 6’10″
Weight: 240 pounds
Standing Reach: 8’10.5″
Vertical Jump: 31.5 in.
2011-12 Stats: 15.9 ppg, 1.4 apg 10.3 rpg, 0.7 spg
Projected Draft Position: Mid-second round
Analysis: O’Quinn dominated the MEAC in 2011-12. He was named the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the conference last year. O’Quinn is a great shot blocker and post defender. He has some go-to post moves that no one in the MEAC could stop. It’s about a 50/50 shot he’ll be around at pick #42, he’s another guy who’s got a lot of potential.

Meyers Leonard
Height: 7’0″
Weight: 250 pounds
Standing Reach: 9’0″
Vertical Jump: 34.0 in.
2011-12 Stats: 13.6 ppg, 1.3 apg 8.2 rpg, 0.5 spg
Projected Draft Position: Mid-to-late lottery
Analysis: With strong pre-draft workouts, Meyer Leonard’s stock has rised in recent weeks. Leonard is the largest of the combine attendees, standing over 7’1″ in shoes. Along with Melo, Meyer is a legitimate big man with the girth and height to play center full-time. The question for the Bucks is: will he still be around when the Bucks make their selection with the #12 pick?

Note: Also in camp today, Terrell Stoglin (G, 6-1, Maryland) and Nick Barbour (G, 6-3, High Point), because honestly someone has to pass the ball into the post in this workout. Neither Stoglin nor Barbour projects as a 2012 draftee, but if the Bucks like what they see, they may have a shot at bringing one of these guards into camp.

With this workout the Bucks are taking a look at some prospects to put at center next year. While Meyers Leonard and Tyler Zeller would be likely options at pick #12, they’re also looking at second round possibilities with O’Quinn and Melo. Though it’s very unlikely both O’Quinn and Melo will be around at pick #42, it’s interesting to see the Bucks are looking at other scenarios besides drafting a big man at #12. With two workouts in the books, it looks like the Bucks may be heading towards surprising us on June 28th.

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