Lakers Draft Workouts: Day Three, Session One
Rakeem Christmas | PF | Syracuse | 6’8.25 | 242.6 | Sr.
Christmas tore up the ACC en route to being selected to the All-ACC First Team, ranking second in scoring (17.5), third in rebounds (9.1) and second in blocks (2.5). Also named the conference’s Most Improved Player, Christmas increased his scoring by 11.7 points and rebounds by 4.0 boards.
Brandon Ashley | PF | Arizona | 6’7.25 | 228 | Jr.
A threat on both ends of the floor, Ashley stepped up for the Wildcats when they needed him most, as he was named the 2015 Pac-12 Tournament MVP. The Oakland native heated up in Arizona’s three-game push to the title, averaging 19.7 points on 73.1 percent (19-for-26) shooting.
“For someone like me who says he’s a stretch four, I think I need to prove that I can shoot the ball pretty well,” Ashley said. “I think I did a pretty decent job of doing that. Obviously every player’s gonna say they can do better, but I still think I did a pretty good job showing what I can do.”
“I have a lot of experience under my belt,” Christmas said. “I’ve been at Syracuse for four years, played with a great coach (Jim Boeheim) and learned a lot from him. … I had to wait my turn. Had a lot of people ahead of me those few years I was there. I just waited my turn and everything fell into place.”
Tyler Harvey | G | Eastern Washington | 6’2.75 | 181.4 | Jr.
No player lit up the scoreboard last season like Harvey, who poured in an NCAA-best 23.1 points per game. The Torrance native hit 25 points or more 10 times, including when he dropped 42 against Idaho on March 12. Harvey thrived on the long ball, knocking down 43.1 percent of his shots from deep for a nation-high 128 3-pointers.
“We used to have Laker parties at my house, cheering on the Lakers,” Harvey said. “I was talking to my mom last night, and she just can’t believe I’m actually coming here to work out for the team.”
J.P. Tokoto | SG | North Carolina | 6’5.25 | 195.8 | Jr.
Starting at North Carolina las season, Tokoto served as one of the ACC’s top defenders. The 21-year-old has ranked in the conference’s top 10 in steals for the past two years.
“(I) just need to (show) the improvement on my jump shot that I’ve been working on, and show my strengths,” Tokoto said. “Use my leaping ability, make plays, see the floor really well. Those types of things. Defense. Everything I can do, I need to show it as well.”
Terran Petteway | SG | Nebraska | 6’4.75 | 209.2 | Jr.
In his two seasons at Nebraska, Petteway shouldered the load for the Corn Huskers’ offense by leading the Big Ten in scoring in 2013-14 (18.1 ppg) and ranking fourth last season (18.2). A versatile weapon, Petteway has the ability to score with both his inside and outside game.
“I’ve been a Lakers fan since I was about four or five years old,” Petteway said. “I’ve been talking about this workout ever since I knew I was coming. So it was exciting just to walk in here and see all the banners hanging up (and) all the stars on the court.”
George de Paula | PG | Brazil | 6’4.5 | 197
With a 7-foot wingspan and 8-foot-8 standing reach, de Paula towers over most other point guards. Despite playing the past two seasons professionally for Brazil’s Pinheiros, the 19-year-old was the youngest player at the NBA Combine.