The Los Angeles Lakers announced their first public pre-draft workout will take place Monday. The session will feature six college prospects, including V.J. Beachem of Notre Dame, Thomas Bryant of Indiana, Kyle Kuzma of Utah, Melo Trimble of Maryland, Andrew White of Syracuse and Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga.
The Lakers kept their top-three protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery, jumping up to thr second overall pick despite finishing with the third-worst record in the NBA. The Lakers also have the first-round pick (28th overall selection) they received when they traded Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets.
Five of the six prospects the Lakers will work out (all but Trimble) are rated among Draft Express' top-100 prospects in the 2017 class, but none are within the top-30, although Bryant is ranked 39th, meaning he could theoretically be a candidate to be selected with the 28th overall pick.
Frequent readers of this site will know that this author is no draftnik, so here is what our own walking draft encyclopedia Ben Rosales (@brosales12) had for analysis on these workout participants:
Beachem, Trimble, White, and Williams-Goss are undrafted free agency options. Williams-Goss is probably one of my favorite guys in that range, a very long point guard with decent defensive chops. Not great athletically from a vertical standpoint, but very capable side-to-side (had the second best agility score at the combine) and ran one of the best offenses in the country.
Bryant and Kuzma are more options for the Houston pick, albeit more on the outer range of options here.
Kuzma is a pure four on the next level, so it's unlikely that the Lakers would give him that long of a look, but Bryant intrigues as a super long center (longer than even Zubac's rumored length) who can bring both outside shooting and rim protection. He never quite put it all together at Indiana, so he would be a bit of a developmental prospect, but he is one of the stretch big options the Lakers could examine in the late first.
The Lakers could also be gathering info in the event they decide to trade down or buy a second-round pick as they continue to look into all their draft options over the next month.
Here is an updating list of every player the Lakers have worked out or met with. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.