Suns Prepare for 2010 Draft

by Jeramie McPeek
VP, Digital
By Stefan Swiat,
Posted: June 17, 2010

Many experts believe that the 2010 NBA Draft is deep with talent. Holding just two second-round picks, the Suns certainly hope so.

The Suns, who don’t hold a first round draft pick in this year’s draft, still have the ability to find some promise in the second round. The organization possesses both the No. 46 and No. 60 selections in the NBA Draft on June 24.

“It’s a deep draft with probably 80 kids capable of being selected,” Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin said. “It gives us confidence about who might still be available at No. 60.”

The Suns traded away their 2010 first-round pick in a deal in 2007 that sent Kurt Thomas to Seattle. However, they earned the No. 46 pick in this year’s draft after acquiring it in the Charlotte trade that brought Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley to Phoenix.

They also own the No. 60 pick after sending Shaquille O’Neal to Cleveland. Due to their draft position, the club will be looking to take the best player available, regardless of role or position.

Phoenix began preparing for the 2010 NBA Draft immediately after last season’s draft. The Suns’ front office personnel spent a year examining collegiate and professional talent all over the world.

In late-May, the Suns’ scouts began a formal approach to the draft that included traveling to the NBA’s pre-Draft Camp in Chicago and a group workout held in Minnesota. The group workout in Minnesota was supported financially by all of the NBA teams that attended.

Besides those two events that were open to all NBA teams, Phoenix also has held two private workouts at US Airways Center. The first one featured Kyle Gibson from Louisiana Tech, Spain’s Pablo Aguilar, UCONN’s Gavin Edwards, Houston’s Aubrey Coleman, Illinois St.’s Osiris Eldridge and Kentucky’s Perry Stevenson.

The most renowned player that attended the workout, Syracuse’s Andy Rautins, didn’t partake in any contact. He only participated in shooting drills.

Coleman led the nation in scoring this past season, while Stevenson was known for his shot-blocking ability. Since his workout with the Suns, Aguilar has pulled his name out of the draft.

Edwards, who hails from Gilbert, AZ, was the only local product to demonstrate his skills for the Suns thus far. In the second workout, the Suns evaluated Western Kentucky’s Jeremy Evans and AJ Slaughter, as well as Northeastern’s Matt Janning, Louisiana Tech’s Magnum Rolle, Alabama’s Mikhail Torrance and Jeremy Wise of the D-League.

Evans and Rolle are bigs, while Janning, Torrance and Wise are all combo guards. Wise skipped his senior season at Southern Mississippi to play in the D-League.

Rolle played alongside the Bobcats’ Tyrus Thomas and the Celtics’ Glenn Davis at LSU before transferring to Louisiana Tech, while Evans is known for being a great athlete. Torrance, who is a client of Amar’e Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, is one of the taller point guards in the draft at 6-5.

Besides putting the players through extensive basketball drills, the Suns' front office performs one-on-one interviews and elaborate psychological tests. Griffin said that the organization has used the test on its own people and that the results have been dead-on.

"We used (the test) now long enough to do the analysis of what the players thought," Griffin said. "It's good. The Chicago group and Minnesota group took it, as well as all of the guys that come here."

In all, the Suns will hold six individual workouts before the draft. The next four will take place on June 18, June 19, June 21 and June 22.

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