As for Simons, he is trying to become the first player since Thon Maker in 2016 to jump straight from a post-graduate year to the pros. The 7-foot Maker went No. 10 (in a big surprise) to the Milwaukee Bucks, while Simons could go later in the first round.
‘I’m gonna have to just kill. I really use that as motivation…’~ 7-footer Mitchell Robinson, whose workout reminded us somewhat of a similar one we attended in 2015 with Willie Cauley-Stein Will his mystery man status help his draft stock? Story >> https://t.co/JDkaM6MCp8 pic.twitter.com/Fq86x6y3u5 — DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) March 2, 2018
“That kid is along way from helping an NBA team,” Fraschilla said of Simons. Simons could get drafted and then spend some time in the NBA G League, which is not uncommon now for draft picks.
Last workout of the night. Anfernee Simons from IMG Academy. Still have quite a few more guys scheduled the rest of the week pic.twitter.com/TuGvMYCWls— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 15, 2018
pic.twitter.com/P61G2PzYO4 — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 10, 2018Meantime, the 6-7 Bowen is testing the NBA Draft waters without an agent and could return to South Carolina depending on the feedback he gets. It remains unclear what type of suspension he might face from the NCAA should he remain in college. He has until June 11 to withdraw from the draft and return to school. The Saginaw, Mich., native has yet to play a college game at South Carolina or Louisville after getting caught up in the FBI investigation into bribery in college basketball. The federal complaint stated that Adidas representative Jim Gatto and others attempted to funnel $100,000 to a recruit’s family to gain his commitment to Louisville. Bowen was not named in documents, but details made clear that investigators were referring to Bowen and his father. Bowen has denied knowledge of any payment. The scandal led to the firings of coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich. South Carolina coach Frank Martin told the Chicago Tribune that Bowen and his family enjoy South Carolina, but they also “have a desire to get first-hand knowledge and feedback from the NBA.”