Lakers Draft Workouts: June 4, 2018
On Monday at the UCLA Health Training Center, six more players took their shot at trying to impress the Lakers front office as the team gets ready for the June 21 NBA Draft.
The Lakers will be selecting at No. 25 in the first round and No. 47 in the second, areas in which they’ve drafted very well in the last several years.
Whether the Lakers go for the best all-around player who’s on their board at respective spots, or are looking for a specific type of skill set to compliment the already robust young core remains to be seen.
Here’s a look at Monday’s participants:
Matt Farrell – 6-1, 175 – Notre Dame
The senior earned All-ACC Third Team honors as a senior at Notre Dame after averaging 16.3 points (ninth in conference) and 5.5 assists (fourth) with 2.4 boards. Farrell started 71 of 110 career games, including every game in his latter two seasons, and scored in double figures in 56 games. The Bridgewater, NJ, native added at least two steals in 24 games.
Zach Lofton – 6-4, 180 – New Mexico State
Lofton earned First Team All-WAC and WAC All-Newcomer honors last season after averaging 20.1 points with 5.5 boards, and was a former Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2016-17 at Texas Southern. The 25-year-old started his D1 college career at Illinois State in 2013-14 after playing at San Jacinto College in 2012-13.
Justin Johnson – 6-7, 245 – Western Kentucky
Behind averages of 15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds, Johnson earned All-Conference USA First Team honors as a senior at Western Kentucky. Johnson led the conference in boards and was third in field goal percentage (51.5) and 10th in points, and was named to the CUSA second team as a junior.
After the workout, Johnson said he models his game after Draymond Green, an excellent rebounder that does a lot of little things, and pointed out board heros like Dennis Rodman and Charles Barkley.
"It’s hard work," he said of the craft. "But I also know my shooters. Guys like Steph Curry miss either short or long. And (you have to have) a knack for the ball."
Johnson added that he needs to continue to develop his three-point shot and show that he can guard one through five.
Justin Johnson talks about the art of rebounding and getting a minicamp invite from the Eagles pic.twitter.com/HFfaVmgA3l— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 4, 2018
Daxter Miles Jr. – 6-3, 200 – West Virginia
The senior put up 12.9 points, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals (ninth in the conference) at West Virginia, and earned a spot on the 2018 Big 12 All-Tournament Team. The Baltimore, MD, native scored in double figures in 66 games in his career and went over 20 points 13 times.
Tyler Nelson – 6-3, 180 – Fairfield
As a senior, Nelson averaged 22.2 points with 4.2 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals, and earned All-MAAC First Team honors for the second straight season. He concluded his career as the school’s all-time leader in points, threes (315) and free throw percentage (87.1).
Nelson, whose dad is a scout for the Sixers, was asked about his strengths and weaknesses after the workout.
“Stretching the floor, my three point shot, guys have to respect me," he said. "(I need to) keep working on my body. Showing I can guard multiple positions.”
Tyler Nelson talks about his shooting ability and his dad's advice for him, as an NBA scout pic.twitter.com/WXNmjCubm7— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 4, 2018
Marcus Derrickson – 6-7, 250 – Georgetown
The Georgetown junior put up 15.9 points and 8.1 boards to receive All-Big East Second Team honors, ranking third in the conference on the glass and sixth in field goal percentage (50.5). A native of Bowie, MD, Derrickson scored in double figures in 41 games, hit at least two three-pointers in 30 games and totaled nine career double-doubles.