With the NBA Draft just 15 days away, player workouts for teams are ramping up, and that includes former Syracuse players Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant. Here is an update on the stock of each of these three players that hope to hear their name called on June 26th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Let’s start with the freshman phenom Ennis, who claims he is the best pure point guard in the draft. He has seen his draft stock drop slightly the past couple weeks but still looks to be a late lottery to late teen pick. Draft Express, along with CBS analysts Gary Parrish and Zach Harper all have Ennis slated going to the Chicago Bulls with one of their two first round picks (16 and 19). Here at Inside the Loudhouse we predicted that Ennis could end up in Orlando at 12 with the Magic who are in need of a point guard, but it seems as though Australian phenom Dante Exum might not make it past their fourth pick, so that could trump that. Another team of note is Ennis’ hometown team Toronto Raptors. He recently worked out for them at the Air Canada Centre, and while he impressed general manager Masai Ujiri, he isn’t sure if Ennis will make it all the way to their pick at 20. With the impending decision of their free agent point guard Kyle Lowry to stay or go, this could be a good pick to make sure they will have some talent for next year at the point guard position and could result in them moving up to pick the kid from Toronto. Ennis has also worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Syracuse graduate and forward C.J. Fair recently worked out in Phoenix for the Suns on Monday. He said he likes their style of play, getting up and down and transition, and I would have to agree with him. He is a good finisher at the rim and has a good mid-range game. He also proved during his junior season when he gets good looks he can shoot a high-percentage from out there (he shot 45 percent from beyond the arc that year) and good looks from out there in transition, so that can’t hurt. NBADraft.net has Fair going to the Suns with the 50th pick in the draft, so we’ll see if that pans out. Remember, Fair also worked out in Charlotte, Milwaukee and San Antonio amongst other places.
Jerami Grant is also, in my opinion, a great player for the Phoenix Suns’ system. He has worked out for them as well, and Gary Parrish along with Draft Express see him going 27th to the team out in Arizona with their third and final first round pick. His raw athleticism and length is not only great for causing turnovers and getting rebounds but also finishing on the break, and we all know Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe like to push the tempo for the Suns, so he could fit in there as well. NBADraft.net and CBS’ Matt Moore see Grant at 24 going to the Charlotte Hornets. This is another team like the Suns with younger, athletic players who like to turn defense into their offense. I think both of these seem like good fits for Grant, where he would be able to compete for significant playing time in the starting lineup or off the bench for up-and-coming squads.