The 2013 NBA Draft is two weeks from today. The Bucks, who currently own the 15th and 43rd selections, continued their draft preparation on Thursday at the Cousins Center with a workout for six potential draftees, including three players with local ties. Let’s skip the chit chat and jump right in to the scoop on these prospects.
Jared Berggren - 6’10″ – 235 lbs – Forward/Center – Wisconsin
Berggren enters the 2013 Draft after graduating from UW as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots (144). He started 72 of his 119 career games at Wisconsin. “The Iceberg” has an NBA ready body to go along with his great length. Berggren has a solid array of post moves as well as good range from deep. He’s also surprisingly durable and athletic for his size, as he displayed here in a posterization of Victor Oladipo. Most scouts had Berggren (pictured at right, #40) pegged as a second round pick during the past season, but his draft stock took a big hit when he was not invited to the Draft Combine in Chicago. Although his stock has been falling, Berggren has all the tools to become a successful big man in the NBA. If he can find a team who’s the right fit, he could be in the thick of an NBA rotation next fall.
Mike Bruesewitz - 6’6″ – 223 lbs – Forward – Wisconsin
More commonly known as “The Bruiser”. Bruesewitz’s nickname reflects his game. His specialty is grabbing rebounds, playing great on ball defense, and making hustle plays. Bruesewitz (pictured above, #31) shot the lights out from three-point range in his sophomore and junior seasons at UW, but struggled to find consistency with his stroke this past year. Bruesewitz will likely not make an NBA roster this fall, unless a team falls in love with him at a workout and invites him to Summer League. Otherwise, Bruesewitz will likely be off to Europe.
Paris Gulley - 6’2″ – 170 lbs – Guard – UW-Milwaukee
Gulley carried an extremely mediocre UWM team on the offensive side of the ball last season, averaging 14.7 points a game and scoring in double figures 22 out of his 26 games played. Gulley transfered to UWM after spending two seasons at Southeastern Community College. Gulley making an NBA roster is a longshot.
A.J. Matthews - 6’10″ – 215 lbs – Center – Farmingdale State
Matthews averaged a ridiculous 22.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in his senior season at Farmingdale State (NCAA Div. 3). Although Matthews possesses great length and size, he’s a very raw prospect who lacks skill and fundamentals. Most draft scouts have been completely underwhelmed with Matthew’s game. All these factors are exactly why the Bucks will give him a chance in the NBA… (kidding).
Kevin Foster - 6’2″ – 225 lbs – Guard – Santa Clara
Foster left Santa Clara as the the school’s all time leading scorer, racking up almost 2,500 points throughout his four-year college career. Foster averaged 19.3 points and 4.0 assists this past season in the WCC. Just like Gulley, it’s extremely unlikely that Foster will end up on an NBA roster this fall.
Andre Roberson - 6’7″ -210 lbs – Forward – Colorado
Roberson is considered to be one of the top rebounders in the 2013 draft class. At Colorado, he averaged 11.3 rebounds a game as well as 10.4 points last season. While Roberson will be undersized by NBA standards at his usual power forward role, his tremendous athleticism and wingspan (6’11″) may allow him to thrive at the 4 (think “Manimal” Kenneth Faried). Roberson is predicted to be selected at the end of the second round, so the Bucks picking him would be a reach. Although Roberson does have a high ceiling and could be a very good selection for a team, do the Bucks need to add to their well-stocked arsenal of power forwards?