Lakers Draft Workouts: May 31, 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 Thursday, six more players auditioned for the purple and gold at the UCLA Health Training Center.

Tony Carr (G, 6’4”, 200, Penn State)
A sizable point guard, Carr put his gifts to work last season, ranking second in his conference in scoring (19.6) and fifth in assists (5.0). The First Team All-Big Ten selection also shot 43.3 percent on 3-pointers, averaging 2.4 makes.

“I can get guys involved; I feel like I’m a good leader; I can shoot the ball well,” Carr said. “I feel like my offensive game will definitely translate to the next level.”

Devonte’ Graham (G, 6’2”, 180, Kansas)
Few players could dish like Graham, who ranked sixth in the NCAA in assists (17.3). The First Team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year did it all for the Jayhawks, averaging 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers.

Josh Okogie (G, 6’4”, 210, Georgia Tech)
A strong presence on both sides of the ball, Okogie ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring (18.2) and second in steals (1.2). He had a knack for drawing contact, leading his conference in free throws made (5.5) and attempted (6.8).

Billy Preston (F, 6’10”, 225, Kansas)
Instead of playing at KU, Preston had a brief stint in the Adriatic League, averaging 7.0 points in 15.8 minutes across three games. However, his tenure with BC Igokea was cut short by a sore shoulder.

Landry Shamet (G, 6’4”, 179, Wichita State)
A gifted offensive talent, Shamet led the AAC in both assists (5.2) and 3-point percentage (44.2). He also averaged 14.9 points and considers defense to be one of his strengths heading into the draft.

“I think teams know I can shoot the ball, so I’m not as concerned with trying to show that I can shoot the ball because I’ve got a whole body of work to see on that,” Shamet said. “(I’m) just showing my versatility. That I can guard people out on the perimeter, guard multiple positions.”

Johnathan Williams (F, 6’9”, 225, Gonzaga)
Williams was named First Team All-WCC thanks to his presence on both ends of the floor. He grabbed the conference’s third-most rebounds (8.5) while putting up 13.4 points on a 56.4 percent clip.

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