Lakers Draft Workouts: May 29, 2018

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

Owners of the 25th and 47th picks in the NBA Draft, the Lakers have begun working out college and international prospects ahead of selection day on June 21.

On Tuesday, six more players auditioned for the purple and gold at the UCLA Health Training Center.

Jaylen Adams (G, 6’2”, 190, St. Bonaventure)
The reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year scorched from downtown, ranking among his conference’s top three in 3-point percentage for three straight years. Last season, he was also fourth in scoring (19.1) and third in assists (5.2).

LiAngelo Ball (G, 6’5”, 230, BC Vytautas)
The younger brother of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo spent the season playing professionally in the Lithuanian League, averaging 12.6 points in 21.7 minutes. Ball’s most notable strength may be his shooting, as he knocked down 2.4 triples per game on a 41.5 percent clip.

“They play a lot more pro-style (in Lithuania),” Ball said. “So I improved a lot as far as setting screens, coming off of screens and (running) sets. In college you just do a little bit of that, but you don’t focus too much on it.”

Tyus Battle (G, 6’6”, 200, Syracuse)
No player in the country averaged more court time than Battle, whose 39.0 minutes per game paced the entire NCAA. That meant plenty of scoring opportunities, as he ranked third in the ACC in points (19.2).

Devon Hall (G, 6’5”, 211, Virginia)
A Second Team All-ACC selection, Hall shot a robust 43.2 percent from 3-point distance, making 1.7 triples per game. He also averaged 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior.

Dusan Ristic (C, 7’0”, 255, Arizona)
A member of the All-Pac-12 Second Team, Ristic was efficient with his attempts, hitting his conference’s third-highest field goal percentage (56.9). The Serbia native also averaged 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Thomas Welsh (C, 7’0”, 245, UCLA)
Few players hit the boards like Welsh, who ranked 10th in the entire NCAA in rebounds (10.8). The local product from Redondo Beach averaged a double-double with 12.6 points and also hit 40.2 percent on 3’s.

“(Three-point shooting) is something that I’ve been focusing a lot on my personal improvement,” Welsh said. “I think it’s definitely come a long way. While there’s still room for improvement, I think I’m happy with the progress I’m making at it.”

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