Although Austin Rivers, who forwent his final three years of collegiate eligibility to enter this year’s NBA Draft, has received hype as a seeming lock to be selected in the first round of June 28′s festivities, fellow Blue Devil Miles Plumlee is also impressing teams so far.
Plumlee, who graduated in May, has been on the fringe of being selected in many mock drafts but has a done a good job making his case for why he belongs in the professional ranks, even possibly making his way into first round.
Following draft workouts, ESPN Insider’s Chad Ford writes:
Of the players who are there, sources say that Plumlee played really well Thursday.
A few hot second-round names appear to be emerging over the past few weeks. A number of teams have citing O’Quinn, Orlando Johnson and perhaps Plumlee as players who might work their way into the late first round.
O’Quinn has the most buzz right now. He’s coming off a terrific performance in the NCAA tournament, impressed scouts at Portsmouth and the Nets’ group workout, measuring a whopping 7-foot-4 wingspan at the latter event. For teams that need bigs who can contribute off the bench, he’s a very intriguing prospect.
Ditto for Plumlee. His 6 points and 7 rebounds per game won’t wow anyone. But Plumlee is a good athlete who already has an NBA body and should be able to do some dirty work on the boards. A number of scouts said he really stood out in Minnesota on Thursday. Some scouts are comparing him to a young Jeff Foster.
The NBA Draft will be held on June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.