The Los Angeles Lakers will host their next workout for 2018 NBA Draft prospects on Tuesday, and this session will feature Jaylen Adams of St. Bonaventure, Thomas Welsh of UCLA, Devon Hall of Virginia, Tyus Battle of Syracuse, Dusan Ristic of Arizona and the previously reported LiAngelo Ball of BC Vytautas.
Hall and Battle are the two most notable names here. Battle is ranked as the 32nd-best prospect in the 2018 class by Jonathan Givony of ESPN, who has Hall as the 48th-best, leaving the two firmly in range for the Lakers first round pick (No. 25) and their second-rounder (No. 47), respectively.
Battle had a strong sophomore season for Syracuse, posting averages of 19.2 points and 2.1 assists while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, and could offer the Lakers a bit of help in their backcourt should the front office decide they need more depth.
Hall would also offer backcourt help, albeit in a different form. A four-year senior at Virginia, Hall averaged 11.7 points per game while shooting 43.2 percent from deep at UVA, and the latter skillset would at the very least leave him equipped to help the Lakers’ with their shooting issues of the last several years.
Ristic, Welsh, Adams, and Ball were all unranked in Givony’s top-100 prospects, which would seem to leave them on the outside looking in regards to getting selected in a 60-pick draft.
However, all four players could potentially earn a shot at a spot on the Lakers’ summer league rosters or in the G League if they can impress the front office enough while working out against some prospects with an actual chance to get drafted.
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