Last week I talked about Michigan’s Nik Stuakas and Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, who are busy scheduling various workouts with NBA teams. However, they aren’t the only ones, Michigan State guard Gary Harris, Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III and Michigan native, James Young of Kentucky are also busy scheduling workouts with various NBA teams.
According to reports, Young and Harris both worked out for the Phoenix Suns on Monday while Robinson III worked out for the Suns on Tuesday. Harris and Young are scheduled to work out with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday and Harris is expected to follow-up that workout with another one on Thursday with the Denver Nuggets.
Harris is a solid choice for the Suns, Lakers and Nuggets to consider
Harris is arguably one the best two-way players in the draft this year. While I understand that he doesn’t have the prototypical wing body, he does have assets that could prove to be useful to the Suns. Offensively, he has shown the ability to shoot the ball well from both mid-range and three-point range. He does need to work on his ability to create his own shot in half court sets but besides that he is a solid offensive option, who could contribute right away. On the defensive side of the ball, he could prove to be valuable considering his ability to play shutdown defense on the perimeter. At this point, I think the only thing standing in Harris’s way, is his past injury issues. There is no doubt that he is talented, it’s just a matter of him not getting physically worn down and beat up. I think the Suns, Lakers and Nuggets would all be willing to take a chance on him; he is tough and it doesn’t hurt that he has a good basketball IQ and he plays unselfish.
Young could prove to contribute right away with the Suns or the Lakers
Now, when you talk about Young, you’re talking about a player with good overall length and sturdiness to play the wing position at the next level. During his freshman year with Kentucky, he flashed his three-point shot that most NBA coaches are looking for. During the season, he only connected on 34% of his three-point shots but during the NCAA Tournament, he elevated his game and knocked down 42% of his three pointers. Besides being a good shooter has shown the ability to work off the bounce, get to the rim and set up his teammates. On the other side, he has shown he can be a solid defender and he definitely has shown that he is not afraid to go into the paint and rebound the ball. Young has the potential to be solid option for the Lakers and Suns.
Robinson could help the Suns, but he still has some growing to do
When it comes to Robinson III, he has the speed and athleticism to be an effective wing for the Suns but for the Suns to seriously consider him he has to prove to NBA teams he can shoot from long distance on a more consistent basis. Don’t get me wrong, I think Robinson III has some very compelling and intriguing characteristics in his game. He is very quick which gives him the ability to get to the rim quickly, then you add that with his explosive leaping ability and you have yourself a raw but athletic star. However, Robinson is still working to improve his handles, dribble pull up game and three-point shot. So while I feel he is a solid option for the Suns, I’m not sure he is the best option for the Suns yet.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit