Thursday’s NBA draft could have a distinct Michigan flavor when the first 14 names are called.
The Cavaliers hold the first overall pick and are likely to select either Duke’s Jabari Parker or Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins.
After that, there could be a rush on Michigan and Michigan State players through the 14th pick.
Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne are projected as lottery picks, but also could sneak into the top 10.
Stauskas, the Big Ten player of the year, didn’t participate in the combine, but has impressed teams during individual workouts. He is regarded as the top shooting guard in the draft, with Harris a close second.
“The Nuggets continue to discuss moving this pick to the Chicago Bulls. If the Bulls get this pick, they’ll grab either Harris or Nik Stauskas,” ESPN.com’s Chad Ford wrote. “They’ve also had several other discussions with teams about deals and seem poised to move this pick. Harris, Stauskas and James Young (Rochester High) seem to be focal points, as is Tyler Ennis. Right now I’d give the edge to Harris.”
The 6-foot-6 Stauskas, 6-5 Harris and 6-10 Payne have been invited to be backstage during the draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. That honor is reserved for prospects whom most general managers believe would be picked in the first half of the draft.
Michigan teammates Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are fringe first-round picks, slotted between Nos. 20 and 40. The 6-10 McGary reportedly had his first individual workout Friday, with the Bucks (No. 31), according to RacineSportsZone.com.
The Pistons, who don’t pick until the second round (No. 38), could select McGary, according to NBAdraft.net.
Young, who played one year at Kentucky, also is projected as a first-round pick.