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2018 NBA Draft Rumors: Lakers to work out Temple forward Obi Enechionyia

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Add Obi Enechionyia of Temple to the list of players the Los Angeles Lakers are working out before the 2018 NBA Draft.

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NCAA Basketball: Temple at Wichita State Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are continuing to build a larger and larger list of 2018 NBA Draft prospects they’re working out, and the latest name to add to the list of players is Temple big man Obi Enechionyia.

According to Marc Narducci of Philly.com (h/t Lakers Nation), Enechionyia will work out for the Lakers on Tuesday. It is currently unknown whether Enechionyia’s workout will be a group session or a solo one, but considering that Enechionyia is not among ESPN’s top-100 draft prospects, it would seem like a safe bet that a group workout is more likely.

Enechionyia previously entered the draft last year but withdrew without signing with an agent, and the 6-10 forward returned to Temple to average 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds during his senior season.

Those types of numbers coupled with his relatively low stock would make it seem unlikely Enechionyia will be drafted, but he told Narducci he wants to try his best to make it in the NBA before considering playing overseas:

While there could be overseas options, Enechionyia right now wants to give his immediate effort toward the NBA.

“I am focused on that,” Enechionyia said during a phone interview on Saturday. “We will see what happens and I’ll work on getting on a summer league team and see what I can do.”

Enechionyia will have his first pre-draft workout on Tuesday when he visits the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers are obviously unlikely to use either their 25th or 47th picks on Enechionyia, but the big man could still be a consideration for either their Sacramento or Las Vegas Summer League teams, or potentially even the South Bay Lakers.

In the likely event that Enechionyia is part of a group workout, he’ll at the very least provide capable competition for other players the Lakers are taking a closer look at as they continue to try and gather as much information possible before making their draft picks.

All stats per sports-reference.com. A full list of every prospect we know the Lakers have worked out is available here. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen, or support his work via Venmo here or Patreon here.