The Denver Nuggets hold the 27th pick in the NBA draft set for June 27th. Thus far they have worked out an array of players that could go as high as say 24th with the likes of Reggie Bullock (North Carolina), late round picks in Jeff Withey (Kansas) and Ricky Ledo (Providence), a few guys slated to go in the second round in Colton Iverson (Colorado State), Mike Muscala (Bucknell) and Ray McCallum (Detroit), and perhaps some undrafted free agents in CJ Harris (Wake Forest), Greg Smith (CSU), and Mark Lyons (Arizona).
Today the Nuggets have announced that they'll work out six more players on Wedensday, June 19th and that list includes:
Erick Green, Virginia Tech, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who averaged 25 points for the Hokies last season. Nate weights in: I love that Denver is bringing Green in. He has been all over the mock draft boards from a mid-late first round pick to an early second rounder - lots of potential and a guy who plays the game a bit like Russell Westbrook in terms of a breakneck pace and quick decision maker.
Grant Jerrett, Arizona, 6-10, 232, averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds as a freshman at Arizona last season. He shot .405 from 3-point range. Nate weighs in: He's projected to go late in the second round, if he get picked at all. Could be a Summer League invite.
Amath M'Baye, 6-9, 215, was a Big 12 All-Rookie Team selection as a junior at Oklahoma in 2012-13. After transferring from Wyoming, he averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Sooners. Nate weighs in: He's not projected to be drafted. Could be an undrafted free agent candidate.
Steven Pledger, Oklahoma, 6-4, 221, made 249 3-pointers during his four-year career at Oklahoma, which ranks second in school history. He averaged 11.6 points as a senior and was selected to the All-Big 12 third team. Nate weighs in: He's not projected to be drafted, perhaps an UDFA candidate.
Travis Releford, Kansas, 6-6, 205, averaged 11.9 points as a senior at Kansas. Nate weighs in: Really liked Releford's toughness and he could be added as an undrafted free agent if he fails to get picked. I'm excited to see him up close.
Dexter Strickland, North Carolina, 6-3, 185, averaged 7.8 points and 4.2 assists his senior season with the Tar Heels and led the nation with a 3.19-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Nate weighs in: He's not projected to be drafted, another prospect for UDFA and Summer League hopeful. He suffered an ACL injury as a junior, resumed playing hoops in Aug. of 2012 and had a solid senior season.
Here some interviews I've done with some of the prospects that have come through town:
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