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2017 NBA Draft: Lakers to work out Johnathan Motley, Semi Ojeleye and others Friday

The front office continues its search for diamonds in the rough.

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The Los Angeles Lakers plan to work out 2017 NBA Draft prospects Sindarius Thornwell of South Carolina, Damyean Dotson of Houston, P.J. Dozier of South Carolina, Johnathan Motley of Baylor, Semi Ojeleye of SMU and L.J. Rose of BYU Friday, according to the team.

The six-man grouping is the Lakers’ latest pre-draft workout that appears to be centered on their No. 28 pick as well as undrafted free agency.

Ojeleye is decidedly a candidate for the former as the 28th-ranked prospect on DraftExpress’ top-100 prospects list. The junior wing from SMU averaged 19 points and 6.9 rebounds last season, and he’s not the only candidate for the 28th overall selection in this workout.

Motley is also potentially a dark horse for the Lakers’ later first round pick after a junior season that saw him average 17.2 points and 9.9 rebounds. The 6’9 forward/center combo is currently the 39th-best player in the draft, according to DraftExpress.

With the exception of Rose, the rest of the prospects all fall within DraftExpress’ top-100. Thornwell ranks 61st, while Dotson and Dozier 61st and 51st, respectively. All three could be candidates if the Lakers decide to buy a pick, or if they fall out of the draft entirely the Lakers could sign them to their Las Vegas Summer League roster and give them a chance to compete for a training camp invite.

The Lakers’ latest workout will take place Friday morning, and the players will speak with the media afterwards.

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 listen to our instant reaction to the Lonzo Ball workout below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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