Compilation: NBA Draft projections 3.0
There's been quite a bit of movement in the NBA mock draft world since our last update. Here's a look at some of the most recent projections, and what they could mean for the quartet of Tar Heels likely to be first-round picks on June 28 in Newark:
CBSSports.com: Again, only Jeff Goodman's is updated, but he has Harrison Barnes 4th to the Cavs, Kendall Marshall 11th to the Blazers, John Henson 14th to the Rockets and Tyler Zeller 16th to the Rockets.
SI.com: Barnes 4th to the Cavs, Zeller 9th to the Pistons, Marshall 17th to the Mavs and Henson 18th to the Timberwolves. This is the lowest we've seen Henson anywhere. A story today by the same writer indicates that Henson is trying to prove he can be "Anthony Davis lite." That last link also includes the news that Barnes was a "combine All-Star" and could be in play for Washington's #3 pick.
NBA.com: Barnes 5th to Kings, Marshall 10th to Hornets, Henson 12th to Bucks and Zeller 14th to Rockets.
NBADraft.net: Barnes 5th to Kings, Zeller 12th to Bucks, Henson 18th to Timberwolves and Marshall 19th to Magic.
The Sporting News: Barnes 4th to Cavs, Henson 9th to Pistons, Marshall 10th to Hornets and Zeller 19th to Magic (this is the lowest we've seen Zeller).
DraftExpress.com: Barnes 7th to Warriors (the lowest we've seen Barnes), Henson 9th to Pistons, Marshall 11th to Blazers and Zeller 16th to Rockets.
The accumulated workout news for this week:
Barnes: He's been closely linked to Cleveland, and he'll work out for the Cavs on Saturday. That could be a big one, as Cleveland is also bringing in Bradley Beal on the same day, and both players are candidates for the #4 pick.
Henson: He's already worked out for the Kings (#5) and Portland (#6) and has sessions scheduled with Golden State (7), Phoenix, Houston, Philadelphia and several others. Per the above link, there are some concerns about his weight as it translates to the more physical NBA game (More physical? Has anyone seen an ACC game lately?).
Marshall: The Tar Heel single-season assists leader has been most closely compared to Weber State's Damian Lillard among this year's draftees. The Raptors worked out both players earlier this week. Marshall has numerous workouts scheduled over the next week.
Zeller: He was seen as a safe pick going into the combine, but his stock seems to have slipped some following the Chicago gathering. He was impressive in a workout for the Bucks, however. Wisely (Tyler Zeller being smart? This is stunning news!), the big man is paying very little attention to any draft buzz. The money quote from that story is Zeller explaining why he doesn't follow the internet chatter: "You've got to pay for (the internet), and hotels aren't too cheap." Good to see he hasn't changed since Tar Heel fans last saw him.