The Memphis Grizzlies held their 4th draft workout on Monday that featured a plethora of wing players. With the tremendous depth in the 2014 Draft at the wing positions, the Grizzlies could look to upgrade their shooting guard or small forward position with the 22nd pick. The Grizzlies worked out former Clemson Tiger K.J. McDaniels in their previous session, and two more projected small forwards who could be a play at 22 worked out for the them on Monday.
Dave Joerger, Head Coach
Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger, who has been running the draft workouts, was in attendance today, and he was the first one to speak to the media. Joerger was asked about trying to acquire more picks in the draft, and his response was "anything's possible". See what else Coach Joerger had to say in regards to the team's 4th draft workout:
6'4" 200 lbs. SG, Memphis. Projected draft position: Undrafted - The former Memphis Tiger worked out for the city's professional team, and he made the most of it. He easily won the sprints at the end of the workout running 29.5 sprints in 3 minutes. (Note: At the beginning of the interview, Geron is talking about how he ran 29.5 sprints. The question was cut off). Also, Dave Joerger said he "fell in love" with 'G' today. Here are Geron's thoughts on the workout and who he thinks is the best on-ball defender in the country:
6'7" 210 lbs. SF/PF, Wichita St. Projected draft position: Mid 1st to Early 2nd round - Cleanthony Early was the bell cow that lead Wichita State to an unprecedented #1 ranking during the past season. The combo forward averaged 16.3 points and 6 rebounds this past season for the Shockers. He told me today that he will "get buckets" wherever he goes. He also said he tries to mold his game after Kawhi Leonard. Here is Cleanthony Early's full interview from today including his thoughts on how he might fit-in with the Grizzlies and what position he will play at the next level:
Glenn Robinson III
6'7" 211 lbs. SF, Michigan. Projected draft position: Late 1st to Early 2nd round - Glenn Robinson is a player who could potentially, one day be an upgrade at the small forward position for the Memphis Grizzlies. The former Michigan swingman averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Wolverines this past season. Robinson said he would fit in very well with what the Grizzlies are trying to do. Here is Glenn Robinson's entire interview including what advice his father, the #1 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, gave him on the entire draft process:
The team also worked out Jahii Carson, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and Bryce Cotton; however, the three of them did not speak to the media following the workout. Jahii Carson and Thanasis Antetokounmpo are both projected to be drafted in the 2nd round while Bryce Cotton is expected to go undrafted.