NASHVILLE TN - FEBRUARY 12: John Jenkins #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores reacts after making a three-point basket against the Kentucky Wildcats at Memorial Gym on February 12 2011 in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
On Monday the Grizzlies will start their NBA Draft workouts, starting with Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins. While the Grizzlies are slated to pick 25th overall, it's often tough to gage who will be available at that point in the draft, which is ultimately why they are working out a grand total of 25 players.
Jenkins fits one of our biggest needs, as one of the best shooters in the draft -- he shot 44 percent from the 3-point line this season. Obviously, as the league's worst 3-point shooting team, he'd be a huge help in stretching the floor, especially since it's likely that we'll lose O.J. Mayo this summer.
The Grizzlies are looking to bring in a slew of shooting guards and, in case we do lose Rudy Gay this summer as well, a number of small forwards.
Here's a partial list, according to Ron Tillery:
University of Memphis guard Will Barton heads the list of draft candidates scheduled to audition for the Griz on Tuesday. That session is also expected to feature shooting guards Kim English (Missouri), Bradford Burgess (Virginia Commonwealth), and point guard Casper Ware (Long Beach State).
The Griz are expected to work out as many as 25 prospects, including Royce White(Iowa State), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Jae Crowder (Marquette), Will Buford (Ohio State), Darius Miller (Kentucky), Evan Fournier (France), Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure), Kevin Jones (West Virginia), Tony Wroten(Washington), Jared Cunningham (Oregon State), Quincy Acy (Baylor) and Jeff Taylor (Vanderbilt).
As of his last mock, ESPN's Chad Ford had the Grizzlies selecting Evan Fournier out of France. His reasoning is that he believes the Grizzlies would look to draft and stash him overseas.
I still think that Jenkins is probably the most likely target here, especially since he can help now. So it will be interesting to see how he fares on Monday.