One week after learning they will pick second in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Bucks held their second official pre-draft workout at the Cousins Center on Tuesday.
Milwaukee welcomed six shooting guard prospects: Jabari Brown (Missouri), Chris Crawford (Memphis), Drew Crawford (Northwestern), Joe Harris (Virginia), C.J. Wilcox (Washington) and Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh).
Each player currently projects as a second round pick, with only Wilcox (42) and Brown (50) ranking among DraftExpress.com’s Top 50 prospects.
So, chances are none of these guys will creep into the first round, but each is an established college player who could provide solid value later in the draft.
Jabari Brown, G, Missouri, Jr.
A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, Brown played only two games at Oregon before transferring to Missouri. He struggled with efficiency as a sophomore (40.4 FG%) but returned a much-improved player this past season, leading the SEC with 19.9 points per game. A first-team All-SEC selection, Brown is a dangerous three-point shooter (2.3 makes/game, 41.0 %) and gets into the lane and to the free throw line at will (7.6 attempts per game). He’s likely the biggest potential star of the group, though he’ll need to prove bolting Lawrence a year early was the right call.
Chris Crawford, G, Memphis, Sr.
A four-year contributor for the Tigers, Crawford didn’t put up huge numbers as a senior (8.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists), but he’s a reliable defender and excellent athlete. His 36.9 field goal percentage was a concern, though shooting at a 37.3 percent clip from deep helps to compensate. Crawford will likely have to display more offensive polish before he’s considered a legitimate second-round candidate.
Drew Crawford, G/F, Northwestern, Sr.
No relation to Chris, Drew earned Third-Time All-Big Ten honors as a fifth-year senior. Crawford played just 10 games as a true senior in 2012-13 before a shoulder injury ended his season. A medical redshirt granted him another year at Northwestern, during which he averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in a conference-high 36.6 minutes per game. One of the smartest players in the country – he was a First Team Academic All-American – Crawford doesn’t rely exclusively on athleticism or skill, making him a candidate to stick in the NBA for the long haul.
Joe Harris, G, Virginia, Sr.
The heart and soul of a gritty Virginia team, Harris’ production took a dip as a senior, but he still garnered All-ACC Second Team honors, averaging 12.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He’s the Cavaliers’ all-time leader in games played (135) and ranks second in three-pointers made (263) and three-point percentage (40.7). Harris has a polished inside-outside game is comfortable playing both on and off the ball. Really, the Bucks’ biggest concern with Harris is that he looks a little bit like Joe Alexander.
Lamar Patterson, G/F, Pittsburgh, Sr.
Patterson’s scoring numbers took a major leap over his final two years, jumping from 10.0 points as a junior to more than 17 points per game in his senior season. He shot it well from the field (44.1%) and from three (38.8), and, at 6-6, is an above-average distributor (4.3 assists per game). Size and athleticism are the Patterson’s strong suits, though the fact that he turns 23 in August may inhibit his draft stock.
C.J. Wilcox, G, Washington, Sr.
The next in a long line of athletic Washington wings who made leap to the NBA, Wilcox finished off an excellent four-year career with 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He’s another elite three-point shooter (38.9% career), knocking down more than two per game in each of his final three collegiate seasons. The most likely of the group to ascend into the first round, Wilcox projects as a Jodie Meeks-type who can step in and contribute right away as a shooter.
The Milwaukee Bucks official Twitter account provided some behind-the-scenes access to the workout.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 27, 2014
Entire Bucks coaching staff present for draft workout at Cousins Center. Coach Larry Drew on hand and GM John Hammond, asst GM David Morway.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) May 27, 2014