After working out Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson over the past few days, the Los Angeles Lakers took a look at a few lower tier prospects.
The team brought in 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 to put the group through their paces.
Ojeleye is probably the most interesting of this bunch, a top-shelf athlete who played mostly the four at SMU but is undersized there in the pros. An excellent shooter and powerful driver, Ojeleye offers a lot on offense but his defensive chops were awful at SMU and he would have to guard wings in LA, a dicey proposition. Taking him is largely a shot on his tools more than anything.
The NCAA tournament did nothing but catapult Thornwell’s stock. There has been clawback based on worries about his shooting chops and whether he can score at the next level using essentially bully ball but his numbers in his senior year were staggering on both ends, and he offers an intriguing defensive package on the wing.
The rest of these guys aren't really options for the Houston pick and range from guys who are high second round material but don't fit LA's roster context (Motley) to very interesting second round bubble guys who would make phenomenal two-way contract choices (Dozier, Dotson). Finally, Rose feels like a tack-on option and isn't really a prospect of note.
The Lakers also posted interviews with the players on their website, which you can watch here.
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.