Lakers Draft Workout: June 19, 2017

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

It’s officially draft week, and the Lakers are hosting some late workouts for collegiate talent. On Monday, six more potential draftees visited the team’s headquarters in hopes of being chosen on Thursday.

Zach Collins | PF/C | Gonzaga | 7’0 | 230 | Fr.
A key member of Gonzaga’s run to the NCAA title game, Collins earned All-Tournament Team honors primarily through his rim protection, swatting 3.0 shots per game. On the other end, he was efficient with his offense throughout the year, shooting the nation’s fourth-best true shooting percentage (70.3) while averaging 10.0 points.

“I definitely think shooting will be a big part of my game,” Collins said. “It will help me because I think a guy that can go in the post and shoot and drive and put the ball on the floor — a guy like that is going to be hard to guard in the NBA.”

Avry Holmes | PG | Clemson | 6’2 | 195 | Sr.
Holmes provided plenty of spacing for the Tigers, hitting 44.2 percent of his 3-point looks and 2.1 triples per game. He also put up 10.3 points and sunk 81.5 percent at the foul line.

Cole Huff | SF/PF | Creighton | 6’8 | 210 | Sr.
Huff was so efficient from 3-point range — 46.3 percent — that his clip was higher from downtown than from inside the arc. He hit 1.8 treys per contest, accounting for more than half of his 9.2 points.

Luke Nelson | PG | UC Irvine | 6’3 | 190 | Sr.
A two-time First Team All-Big West selection, Nelson was recognized as his conference’s best this season by receiving its Player of the Year award. The Great Britain native was a do-it-all kind of star for the Anteaters, putting up 16.9 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 3-pointers.

Nelson said that his basketball upbringing in England was influenced by Lakers forward Luol Deng, who lived much of his youth in London and played for the Great Britain national team.

“As a 16-year-old kid playing international basketball, my team had a great run and we made it to the final,” Nelson said. “We actually had a message through our coach from Luol, who said, ‘Great job, keep going.’ That kind of stuck with me. … For him to see that and appreciate that was special for us.”

Luke Petrasek | SF/PF | Columbia | 6’10 | 230 | Sr.
An efficient scorer, Petrasek provided the Ivy League’s fourth-most points (15.1) on its third-best field goal percentage (48.7). He was liable to pop off at any moment, like when he dropped 31 points on Cornell this year.

Seab Webster | PF | Alabama-Huntsville | 6’6 | 225 | Sr.
Twice named to the All-Gulf South Conference First Team, Webster wrapped up his collegiate career by averaging 18.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. He also provided the Chargers with 2.8 3-pointers on a 41.6 percent mark from beyond the arc.

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