While there is an obvious focus on what the Bulls do with their first-round pick on June 20th, let the record show there are, indeed, TWO round in the upcoming NBA Draft. And unlike some previous years, Chicago actually owns a second-round pick.
Perhaps they’ll use it on one of the six prospects who worked out for the team on Monday:
The Bulls had 6 prospects for pre-draft workouts today. For all 📸, visit:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 3, 2019
Here’s the list: Vic Law (forward, Northwestern), Luke Maye (forward, North Carolina), Jaylen Nowell (guard, Washington), Lamar Peters (guard, Mississippi State), Jordan Poole (guard, Michigan), Justin Simon (guard, St. John’s).
Those six prospects were in town for pre-draft workouts with the Bulls today. And while none of them are heading to the Bulls in the first round, getting thrifty with the second-round (38th overall) acquired from the Grizzlies could be crucial to a rebuilding team. In fact, simply using the pick (as opposed to selling it, which the Bulls have done in the past) would be a good start.
So let’s get to know some prospects!
- Poole comes in as ESPN’s No. 72 ranked draft prospect on its big board, making him the highest-ranking player in that group of players who recently worked out for the Bulls. He earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention honors for Michigan last season and was the team’s second-leading scorer with 12.8 points per game. Poole’s most notable skill is his outside shooting, where he made a team-best 75 3-pointers and shot 36.9 percent from the field.
- Nowell has a unique prospect pedigree. The 6-4 guard was a part of Washington’s highly touted recruiting class entering the 2017-18 season and was named the Pac-12’s Player of the Year after leading the team in scoring (16.2 points). And while Nowell shot 50 percent from the floor and 44 percent from the 3-point line, Nowell also chipped in with 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a sophomore. Nowell is a quality prospect with some potential who could be intriguing at the next level if he can continue to shoot well from the outside.
- Peters, a 6-foot point guard, averaged 11.9 points and 5.2 assists as Mississippi State’s lead ball-handler during his junior season. You might remember him best as the lead dog in the team’s NCAA Tournament loss to Liberty. Even though Liberty escaped with an upset, Peters put up 21 points and tacked on 5 assists. Not bad! It wasn’t enough to avoid the dreaded first-round knockout, but it was one last shining moment before signing with an agent and attempting to jump-start his pro career.
- Simon started his college career started at Arizona, but transferred to St. John’s in search of playing time. Not only did Simon find it with the Red Storm, he made the most of it. Simon was the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year, who averaged 10.2 points and 3.2 assists to go with his 1.5 steals and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Simon wasn’t much of a shooter or scorer, but his defensive tenacity and prowess could find a home in the NBA — maybe even for a team that ranked 25th in defensive efficiency last year.
- Law is a local product from South Holland who played his high school ball at St. Rita before taking his talents to Northwestern. He is one of the more decorated players in Wildcats history, and not just because Law helped lead Northwestern to its first (and to this point, only) NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Law was a Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection in 2017, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018 and 2019, and entered the 1,000-point scoring club as a senior during the 2019 season.
- Maye was an integral part of North Carolina’s 2017 national championship squad and had a quality college career. The 2018 season might have been Maye’s best as he earned third-team All-American status from the AP and Sporting News, picked up first-team All-ACC honors, and was voted the conference’s Most Improved Player. And as if on-the-court success wasn’t enough, Maye also earned second-team Academic All-American honors in 2018 and 2019.