The Lakers are continuing their predraft process with another workout on Wednesday, their fourth in total. Like every other workout, the focus is on undrafted free agents with a few familiar names mixed in.
Here’s the list of all the players taking part in the workout.
- R.J. Cole - UConn
- Jules Bernard - UCLA
- Kur Kuath - Marquette
- Jaden Shackelford - Alabama
- Zyon Pullin – UC Riverside
- David McCormack – Kansas
The one name that sticks out is local kid, Jules Bernard, who spent four seasons at UCLA. Bernard averaged 12.8 points last season for the Bruins, shooting 41.9% from the field and 33.7% from behind the 3-point line on 4.7 attempts per game. For his career, Bernard — listed at 6’7” — was a 35.4% shooter from range, topping out at 39.6% in his junior season.
David McCormack is another name many people might remember as he helped lead Kansas to a national title this past season. An imposing post player, the 6’10”, 250-pound big man averaged 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season. In the Final Four, McCormack scored 25 points in a win over Villanova, and added 15 points with 10 rebounds in the title game against North Carolina.
In total, though, this is a group of players that will likely all go undrafted. Of course, without a top pick, the Lakers aren’t going to target the cream of the crop in the draft. Prospects like Jabari Smith, the current odds-on favorite to be the top pick at -425, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero, who are at +425 and +1500 to be the No. 1 pick, respectively, will be long gone by the time the Lakers potentially get a chance to make a selection. Still, the team turned an undrafted free agent in Austin Reaves into a consistent role player this past season and have a history of unearthing the hidden gems.
The handful of second-round prospects they’ve worked out have been noteworthy and they reportedly have expressed an interest in trading into the draft, but even then, expect the team’s workouts to continue to be comprised of prospects like this.
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