Draft watch: Ferrell, Williams continue busy workout schedule

  • 06/14/2016 10:33 am in

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:

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.”

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  • Sherronhasaheadache

    YF would look great in Blue and Gold!!

  • I am Baby Cakes

    I still think it’d be best if he went undrafted. He can just about pick where he wants to go.

  • adam

    is it just me or does that espn article link not work?

  • inLinE6

    It’s not an article. Open it up and find a column post on the right side in small font.

  • adam

    got it, thanks. i still dislike the new espn layout.

  • Ole Man

    LOL. Doesn’t work that way.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    It does actually. Getting drafted late 2nd round can be wrose than being undrafted. It is basically the same really. Except being drafted means you’re possibly stuck with that team until they cut you. Being undrafted you can have a list of teams wanting you immediately.

  • Ole Man

    You said, “He can just about pick where he wants to go.”
    No; he can’t. He would/will get invites, but he doesn’t get to choose who invites him.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    “He can just about” so when he gets all those invites.. he’ll get to choose where all he is going.

  • John D Murphy

    While getting drafted would be nice, their work in the summer league is what is or is not going to earn either of these guys a roster spot.

  • ManovSteelo

    Not true. If he’s undrafted, his agent should be on the phone immediately, calling teams to find out if they are interested in putting him on their summer league team. Will he get a “yes” for every call? Probably not. But for the teams that do say it, then “he can just about pick where he wants to go”.

  • ManovSteelo

    Yogi had, by all accounts, a great IU career, but he still disappoints. He’s got all the talent in the world to be a Lottery player, but his game is nowhere near that. He’s better than ND’s Demetrius Jackson in terms of talent, and nearly played UK’s Tyler Ulis to a standoff in the 32 game. I like Ulis better at the next level, but Yogi is the #3 PG in the Draft, in terms of potential. But I don’t think he’s gonna get there.

  • Ole Man

    So, if he wants to play for the Pacers, but they’re not interested?
    Or the Celtics?
    Just using those as examples.
    You’re being naive.

  • ManovSteelo

    No, you’re parsing (at best) — or at least taking it to the realm of the absurd. “Just about pick” assumes that he isn’t going to simply have his choice of teams (which is what you’re implying when trying to refute the claim). So he logically won’t be able to latch on to some teams, for whatever reason they don’t want him. But Indiana, ironically, may actually be interested, since he is a homegrown product whom Larry Bird has likely known for a while, and there is a need for someone in their guard corps now that Lawson is likely to move on, and Hill isn’t really a PG (honestly, I think UK’s Ulis would go to IND at 20, vs ever giving Yogi a shot). So bad example there from you, and with IND, naive of you, as well. And except for the Brad Stevens connection from his days trying to recruit Yogi to Butler, you’re probably right that they would have no interest even if Yogi did. But bad examples, anyway, from you. A simple GSW and CLE would have sufficed.


  • Ole Man

    Your reading comprehension is lacking.
    Go back to playing with yourself.
    I don’t play with droolers.