The Celtics will be working out the following players today in preparation for the 2015 NBA Draft:
David Kravish, 6'10 PF, University of California
Kravish's intrigue starts with his size, as he's now listed by the school as being 6-10, 240 pounds, and sports a solid wingspan. His frame is still on the lanky side but looks like it has room to grow as he continues to mature and fills out physically with age. And he's fairly mobile for a player his size, running the court well, being quick off his feet and showing solid quickness and coordination.
Cliff Alexander, 6'9 PF/C, University of Kansas
Cliff Alexander came into Kansas with a huge reputation, ranked as the #2 player in high school basketball according to the RSCI. He had a very up and down season, coming off the bench for much of the year and playing just 17 minutes per game, seemingly never really getting on the same page with the coaching staff. Only two weeks after finally breaking his way into the starting lineup in mid-February, he was ruled permanently ineligible by Kansas amid concerns revolving around his amateur status, reportedly due to a loan his mother took out issued based on his future earning potential. This ended his season and college career after just 28 games, right before the Big 12 Conference Tournament, which also meant no NCAA Tournament appearance.
Chasson Randle, 6'2 SG, Stanford University
Listed at 6'2", 180 pounds, Randle has an average build for a player of his size and skill set but has a very solid 6'6" wingspan to complement his frame. Randle also has solid quickness with the ball in his hands in the open court, making him a dangerous player in transition opportunities, which makes up 24% of his offensive possessions, according to Synergy Sports Technology. His wingspan and speed give him some interesting attributes to build on, but overall, he does not possess exceptional physical tools.
George de Paula, 6'6 PG, Brazil
The youngest player participating at the Combine, and also possibly the most highly touted, George de Paula stepped into a very difficult situation and ended up having a fairly positive performance that will undoubtedly help his draft stock moving forward.
De Paula was significantly more aggressive than he was in Portland at the Nike Hoop Summit, making some outstanding passes using both sides of the floor, playing at different speeds while showing off slick ball-handling skills, strong court vision, and very nice creativity for a 6-6, 18-year old point guard. He absolutely towered over any of the opposing point guards he matched up with, which helped him see over the top of the defense and also match up with a few different positions, displaying nice versatility in the process. His defense is more potential than actual production right now, as some of the older players were able to take advantage of him with their superior strength and experience, despite trying to be competitive, and he wasn't quite able to figure out how to utilize his tremendous length as much as you might hope considering how physically gifted he is. He also had a few moments showing his youth, airballing a 3-pointer and making a few careless passes.
Maxie Esho, 6'8 F, University of Massachusetts
Esho saw his minutes rise each year from his redshirt freshman season, including a strong junior season off the bench, before making it into the starting lineup as a senior. His perseverance and work paid off, as Esho finished the year averaging over 11 points and 6 rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Satnam Singh, 7'2 C, IMG Academy
Singh is a 7-2, 290 pound center born in India who came to IMG in September of 2010. He played for their prep school team, averaging 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in under 20 minutes per game according to an article in Sports Illustrated, and elected to enter the 2015 NBA Draft due to the unlikelihood of being cleared academically by the NCAA and the complications involved with arriving in the States not knowing a single word of English.
Singh, only 19-years old, has made tremendous strides as a basketball player, particularly as of late, and impressed over the course of a week of workouts we watched at IMG with his solid mobility and tremendous shooting touch (including range out to the NBA 3-point line) for a player his size, as well as a seemingly outstanding work ethic and gregarious personality.
Singh is far from a finished product at this stage, particularly in terms of his conditioning, experience-level and feel for the game. His physical tools and skill-level leave a lot of room for optimism, though, and may make him worthy of a team deciding to invest a late second round pick and attempting to develop him on their D-League affiliate to see how he continues to progress over the next few years.
Player profiles are courtesy of DraftExpress.com.