The Memphis Grizzlies hosted their third pre-draft workout this morning at the FedexForum with six new prospects. Former Whitehaven standout and Ole Miss star Marcanvis Hymon were among the participants.
The @memgrizz will hold a pre-draft workout at 10:45am today at FedExForum.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) June 4, 2018
Updated participant list:
Jordan Barnett (Missouri)
Demetrius Dyson (Samford)
Obi Enechionya (Temple)
Devon Hall (Virginia)
Marcanvis Hymon (Ole Miss)
Malik Newman (Kansas)
Kostas Antekounmpo from Dayton and Theo Pinson from North Carolina were also supposed to attend, but they decided to not participate due to prior injury.
Here are a few takeaways from Chris Wallace’ media availability.
Another second round pick?
Wallace made it clear near the beginning of the availability that the workout was to not only look at players that could help the Grizzlies, but also to view players that could be a fit with the Memphis Hustle. Since I can’t think of any players in recent years who were picked as early as 32 and went straight to the G-League, this could indicate that the Grizzlies will look to add another pick in the 2nd round. I wrote about this earlier this week.
“In all of these workouts we are looking for guys for the Hustle,” said Wallace. “So there are some guys today that could fall into that category and could be in consideration for Summer League.”
Newman and Barnett shined
Malik Newman only participated in about three-fourths of the workout due to a hurt hand, but he was obviously the apple of Chris Wallace’s eye. Do not be surprised at all if the Grizzlies select him with the 32nd pick (a Kansas player who is also hurt? How could Wallace resist!?).
“Newman is obviously the centerpiece of our workout today. He showed us he could score the ball. He was very strong going to the basket,” said Wallace. “He’s got three-point range and should be able to extend his collegiate range out to the NBA three-point range without much dropoff.”
Wallace also seemed particularly impressed by Jordan Barnett from Missouri. “He really shot the ball well in the drills, with not just open shots, but with shots under duress. He was in great shape for all of the conditioning drills. He’s impressive.”
Michael Porter is...questionable
When asked about some of the top prospects in the draft, Wallace spoke glowingly all of them. He called Luka Doncic the best European prospect he had seen in his lifetime, and he said that Marvin Bagley would be a great fit anywhere in the Association. He also spoke very highly of Jaren Jackson Jr.
“Every game of Jaren you watched even if he didn’t put up big numbers, he did something that made you want to go back and take a second look.”— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) June 4, 2018
However, when the topic of Michael Porter Jr. came up, Wallace noticeably did not heap the same amount of praise on him that he did the others. The first thing that he did when asked about the other top prospects was to emphasize their achievements and possible upside. With Porter, on the other hand, he first talked about his injury concerns.
“Porter missed his entire year at Missouri, so that’s something we obviously have to take into consideration,” said Wallace. “But from what we understand, he’s back and fully engaged in basketball activities now.
If it is any encouragement, Wallace confirmed that he will be in attendance at the Priority Sports Pro Day in Chicago on Friday to watch Porter in person. He also said that they fully expect to receive his medicals soon.
All of that being said, Porter still has clear red flags with less than three weeks before the draft.