The Los Angeles Lakers will lose their first round draft pick if it falls outside of the top-three selections during the lottery next Tuesday, so the team is canvassing all available options for it's second rounder (32nd overall) as well as looking at potential undrafted free agents.
The latest player they reportedly plan to work out falls into the latter category. Troy Williams out of Indiana University has scheduled a workout with the Lakers, but is still "50-50" to even remain in the draft, according to Nathan Baird of the Journal and Courier. Williams is highly unlikely to be drafted, but as an undrafted free agent could be exactly the type of player the Lakers would be looking for to fill out their summer league team.
The invaluable Draft Express currently rates the 6'6 junior as the 84th best player in the current draft class, and for more on his game, here is Jacob Rude of Lakers Outsiders and the Crimson Quarry with a quick scouting report:
Troy is your prototypical three-and-D prospect in this draft, just minus the three. He's a great athlete with elite leaping ability and quickness. His shot, however, is a work in progress that's steadily improved, but still has lots of room left to go. His athleticism lends himself to being a solid defender with room to grow.
Mentally, he often loses focus at times and can get out of control, especially on the offensive end where he tries to do too much with the ball leading to a high turnover percentage. Overall, he's an interesting prospect due to his athleticism and defense but is definitely a work in progress.
Williams sounds like the type of player with just enough tools to warrant a summer league and possible training camp invite. Hoping for much more than that is probably not wise, but it's good to see the Lakers are looking deep in the draft for talent at the very least as they prepare for a pivotal offseason.
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