Purdue guard Dakota Mathias isn’t one of the most notable prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft, but the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t limiting themselves to household names as they continue to prepare for the selection night, undrafted free agency and beyond.
To that end, the Lakers reportedly worked out Mathias, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. Mathias averaged just 8.1 points in his four years at Purdue, but he shot a scintillating 41.9 percent on 3-pointers during his four years, including a senior season that saw him shoot 46.6 percent from behind the arc. According to Youngmisuk, Mathias also holds the Purdue record for most threes made in a career there.
That long-range prowess aside, Mathias is the 82nd best player in the 2018 class, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, so it’s unlikely he’ll be drafted, but he could offer some backcourt help to the Lakers in undrafted free agency should they elect to bring him to either Las Vegas or Sacramento Summer League. If Mathias impresses them there, perhaps he could potentially be a candidate for one of the team’s two-way contracts (ala Alex Caruso or Vander Blue last season) or a training camp invite.
It is unknown if Mathias was part of a group workout or was alone, but given that he isn’t a lottery pick, it’s likely there were other players there that haven’t leaked yet.
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.