Auburn Hills — With the NBA draft just more than three weeks away, the Pistons have begun their preparations in earnest. They started by bringing in potential draft targets for workouts Tuesday at their practice facility.
The first group included guards Marcus Paige (North Carolina), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) and Ron Baker (Wichita State), along with forwards Thomas Walkup (Stephen F. Austin), Derrick Jones (UNLV) and Tyler Harris (Auburn).
The Pistons have the 18th pick in the first round and the 49th pick in the second round. All of the prospects in that group appear to be second-round possibilities, but the Pistons’ main need are backup point guard and backup power forward.
Paige, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, averaged 12.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in his senior season for the Tar Heels, who lost to Villanova in the title game last month.
Ferrell, 6 feet, 180 pounds, holds the all-time assists record at Indiana, was first-team All-Big Ten and earned second-team All-America honors last season.
Baker, at 6-4, 212 pounds, has good size and shooting ability, averaging 14 points, 4.8 rebounds and hitting 35 percent on 3-pointers.
Harris, 6-10, who played at North Carolina State and Providence before finishing his senior year at Auburn, is the younger brother of current Pistons forward Tobias Harris.