Draft watch: Ferrell, Williams continue busy workout schedule
With just nine days to go until the 2016 NBA draft at the Barclays Center, Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams are in their final stretch of workouts for teams.
Here’s an updated look at the big board rankings for Ferrell and Williams plus information on their workout schedules as the draft draws closer:
Draft Rankings – Williams
DraftExpress Top 100: No. 76 (up four spots since last update)
ESPN Top 100 (Ford): No. 70 (up 15 spots since last update)
NBADraft.net: No. 50 (up 10 spots since last update)
CBS Sports (Vecenie): No. 80 (down 13 spots since last update)
After missing time in May with a hamstring injury, things are heating up for Williams. Here’s his workout schedule leading up to the draft via David Teel of The Daily Press:
Troy Williams draft workouts:
Today: New Orleans
6-20 or 21: Knicks
— David Teel (@DavidTeelatDP) June 13, 2016
Williams didn’t have a great NBA draft combine, but has moved up in every big board ranking since our last update. As Teel points out in an update today, the former IU wing appears unlikely to begin next season on an NBA roster even if he is drafted.
Draft Rankings – Ferrell
DraftExpress Top 100: No. 63 (up three spots since last update)
ESPN Top 100 (Ford): No. 79 (up four spots since last update)
NBADraft.net: No. 73 (up 23 spots since last update)
CBS Sports (Vecenie): No. 57 (unchanged since last update)
Ferrell was originally scheduled to workout for the Indiana Pacers on June 15, but that has been moved to June 17 according to Jeff Rabjohns.
As noted yesterday, Ferrell also appears to have some draft momentum according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.
Tom Crean also spoke recently on the feedback he’s receiving from NBA teams on Ferrell:
“Between myself and the staff, I think we’ve talked to every team with at least a couple of guys. It’s important to talk to a couple people in there. And Yogi is his own toughest critic in the workouts. It’s been very good. As a whole, it’s been very, very good.
“He’s in great shape. He was a non-stop worker. Whether it was once a day or twice a day, being in the gym. He did a great job of making sure not only was he in great condition, but he was in great condition for what their testing (each NBA team) was going to be. Whether it’s a three-minute run length of the court, how many times can you run that in three minutes?
“We do that as part of our training during the season, so it’s not foreign for them when they get into the workouts, but at the same time, you’ve got to train that. I think he’s doing an excellent job with that. I think people have been very impressed with him when they meet with him, whether it’s dinner before the interview process, because his body of work speaks for itself but I think once they see him in a one-on-one setting, personally and get to see him in a small group setting basketball wise, I think that just helps solidify what we already know.
“I think before it’s all said and done, there will be people moving up to get him rather than, ‘will he be drafted?’ I think there will be people moving up to get him or people trying to get in the draft. That’s how I see it. Now, do I have a pick? No. But that’s how I see it and I’d be shocked if it didn’t happen that way.”
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) June 13, 2016