Pre-Draft Workout Preview | 6.19.17

by Brian Seltzer
Sixers.com Reporter

CAMDEN - On the heels of an exciting weekend of prospect workouts, the 76ers will host their next batch of draft hopefuls Monday morning. The group session will be the seventh arranged by the team within the past two weeks, and will again feature six players.

Topping Monday’s list of invitees is Frank Mason III, the 2016-2017 consensus national player of the year. The Kansas product averaged 20.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game, while shooting 47.1 percent from 3-point range. He hit 82 triples on the season.

Mason will be joined Monday by Philadelphia native and Duke alum Amile Jefferson, Cal’s Jabari Bird, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., George Mason’s Marquise More, and Kentucky’s Derek Willis. Mason, Bird, Blackmon Jr., and Moore all are guards. Jefferson and Willis play forward.

Here’s some additional information about each prospect…

Frank Mason III

5’11” 185 LBS G

16-17 Stats:

36 G | 36.1 MPG | 20.9 PPG | 49.0 FG% | 47.1 3FG% | 82 3FG | 79.4 FT% | 4.2 RPG | 5.2 APG | 1.3 SPG

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Over the last four years, Mason has had the chance to play alongside all of the top talent to come out of Kansas - from Joel Embiid as a freshman, to Josh Jackson as a senior. By the time he wrapped up his career, the Virginia native placed sixth all-time on the Jayhawks’ scoring chart (1,885). Mason handed out the sixth-most assists in school history (576), and the eighth-most 3-pointers, too (165). This past spring, he collected 10 national player of the year award honors, and was also named the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year.

Amile Jefferson

6’9” 215 LBS F

16-17 Stats:

35 G | 29.7 MPG | 10.9 PPG | 61.3 FG% | 62.9 FT% | 8.4 RPG | 1.5 APG | 1.9 BPG

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After a right foot fracture derailed a promising start to what was to be his true senior year in 2015-2016, Jefferson bounced back with the strongest season of his career, establishing personal highs in points, rebounds, and blocks while serving as a full-time starter for Duke. A Philadelphia native who attended Friends Central, the big man set a Blue Devils record with 150 games played, and spent three years as one of the program’s captains. In high school, Jefferson was twice named the Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year.

Jabari Bird

6’6” 198 LBS G

16-17 Stats:

27 G | 32.0 MPG | 14.3 PPG | 43.9 FG% | 36.3 3FG% | 65 3FG | 76.4 FT% | 4.7 RPG | 1.0 APG

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A respectable perimeter shooter, Bird left Berkeley after four seasons having nailed 187 3-pointers, the fifth-best total in program history. He appeared to be poised for a strong finish to his career, reaching the 20-point mark in each of Cal’s first two Pac-12 Tournament games. He then sustained a head injury in the opening minute of what ended up being the final outing of his career, a loss to Oregon. Bird’s father, Carl, was a top player for Cal in the mid-1970s who one season earned the club’s MVP award.

James Blackmon Jr.

6’4” 190 LBS G

16-17 Stats:

30 G | 30.5 MPG | 17.0 PPG | 47.7 FG% | 42.3 3FG% | 91 3FG | 83.7 FT% | 4.8 RPG | 1.9 APG

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Blackmon decided to call it a career in Bloomington after an impressive third season that saw him rank fourth in the Big 10 in scoring, third in 3-pointers made, and first in 3-point efficiency. He found himself bitten by the injury bug a bit at various stages of his sophomore and junior campaigns, missing the final three months of the 2015-2016 season, and then four games this past year. Blackmon racked up nearly 2,400 points in his high school career, and sits eighth on the state of Indiana’s all-time high school scoring list.

Marquise Moore

6’2” 200 LBS G

16-17 Stats:

34 G | 34.9 MPG | 16.9 PPG | 48.3 FG% | 30.3 3FG% | 70.1 FT% | 10.9 RPG | 3.5 APG

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It’s hard to look at Moore’s senior stat line and not initially be taken aback - in an impressive sense - by his 10.9 rebounding average. The mark was the highest last season for all guards in the country, and sixth overall in the NCAA. Furthermore, Moore’s 20 double-doubles a year ago ranked eighth in the nation.

Derek Willis

6’9” 216 LBS F

16-17 Stats:

38 G | 21.9 MPG | 7.0 PPG | 47.8 FG% | 37.7 3FG% | 49 3FGM | 68.8 FT% | 5.4 RPG

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The sixth Kentucky product to workout for the Sixers, Willis stayed in school for four years, and assumed a key bench role over the course of his final two seasons. During that time, he displayed a relatively reliable 3-point stroke, connecting on 102 triples (he proposed to his girlfriend on Senior Night). Willis attended the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament earlier this spring, and accounted for 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. He knocked down 13 points and notched 8 boards in the Reese’s All-Star Game.

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