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Bucks Work Out Six More Backcourt Prospects


The Bucks continued pre-draft scouting workouts Wednesday, bringing in another set of six backcourt players.

Once again, the group features exclusively second-round prospects. Holders of three second-round picks, Milwaukee has done its fair share of research into less-heralded players since the season ended, bringing in a number of standout college prospects who don’t project as first-round talents.

Wednesday’s group is highlighted by Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble, who averaged 17.0 points per game as a senior last season.

See below for a closer look at each of the workout participants:

Jordan McRae, G, Tennessee
A two-time All-SEC performer, McRae led the Volunteers in scoring (18.7 ppg) and assists (2.5 apg) last season. He accomplished the same feat as a junior (15.7 ppg, 2.0 apg) while also putting up 4.1 rebounds per game. A slender, attacking guard, McRae got to the line nearly six times per game last season and knocked down 78.8 percent of his free throws. But he can also work outside the paint, as evidenced by his team-high 6.1 three-point attempts per game.

Roy Devyn Marble, G, Iowa
The son of Iowa all-time leading scorer Roy Marble, Devyn finished his career as the school’s fifth-leading scorer. A First Team All-Big Ten performer as a senior, Marble was the Hawkeye’s leading scorer (17.0 ppg) and second-leading assist man (3.6 apg). Much like McRae, Marble is a multi-dimensional scorer who uses his slender frame to slither around and past defenders. At 6-6, he’s a prototypical shooting guard, though he’ll need to improve his free throw shooting (71.4 percent) and overall defensive awareness.

Geron Johnson, G, Memphis
The junior college transfer played only two seasons at Memphis and averaged 8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds ad 3.5 assists as a senior. His numbers aren’t spectacular (40.9% FG, 25.8% 3Pt), and it’s likely the Bucks brought him in as a prospective summer league player, rather than draft pick.

Billy Baron, G, Canisius
Hands-down the best alliterative name in the country (apologies to Mike Moser), Baron began his collegiate career at Virginia before transferring to Rhode Island after his freshman season. He ultimately ended up at Canisius, where he went on to become one of the nations’ best scorers, ranking fourth in the country in as a senior (24.1 ppg). The Honorable Mention AP All-American averaged a whopping 39.0 minutes per game last season (second in the nation) and attempted nearly 16 field goals per game. But Baron is more than just a big-time scorer. The 6-2 guard also averaged 4.9 rebounds and handed out more than five assists per game. Baron could sneak into the late-second round, but the fact that he turns 24 in December, coupled with concerns regarding the level of competition he faced, could ward off some teams.

Justin Simmons, G, Nebraska-Omaha
Simmons’ local ties likely have much to do with his invite to Wednesday’s workout, as the Milwaukee native began his college career at Concordia-Wisconsin before ending up in Omaha. A Second-Team All-Summit League performer as a junior, Simmons regressed, slightly, as a senior, averaging 10.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Simmons is probably the least likely of the group to hear his name called on June 26, but the Bucks could give him a chance to make the Las Vegas Summer League squad.

Kendall Williams, G, New Mexico
Williams left New Mexico as one of the school’s most decorated players, finishing fifth all-time in career scoring, first in steals, seventh in three-pointers made, third in assists, first in free throws made and second in minutes played. A two-time First Team All-Mountain West performer, Williams took home conference Player of the Year honors as a junior. At 6-4. Williams has excellent size for the point guard position, but he didn’t measure particularly well at the combine (33.0-inch max vert, 6-5.5-inch wingspan) and will need to impress teams privately to claw his way into the second round.

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