As the 2018 NBA Draft draws closer by the day, the Los Angeles Lakers announced the next six prospects they plan to bring to their facility, naming Allerik Freeman of NC State, Grayson Allen of Duke, Kevin Huerter of Maryland, Arnoldas Kulboka of Capo D’Orlando, Matur Maker of Mississauga Prep and Bryant McIntosh of Northwestern as the group that will be at their facility on Friday.
Huerter and Allen are probably the two most notable names among this crop of players, and both were previously reported to be heading to the UCLA Health Training Center on Friday. Allen is the 30th-best prospect in the draft, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN’s rankings, while Givony has Huerter pegged as the No. 54 prospect in the 2018 class (although he could still return to Maryland for another season).
Both Allen and Huerter shot over 40 percent from behind the arc in college, and would help a Lakers team that has been starved for floor spacing over the last several seasons if they were selected, a serious need the team has to address in order to create more space for players like Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma to work on offense next season.
Kulboka (No. 78) is also ranked in Givony’s top-100, but Freeman, Maker and McIntosh are not, leaving all four likely serving as bodies for Allen and Huerter to work out against for a chance to impress the Lakers front office. All four latter players could also be in consideration for either the Lakers’ Sacramento or Las Vegas Summer League teams, or potentially for a spot on the Lakers’ G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
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