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Draft workout notes: Iwundu, Robinson lead Tuesday group

The Raptors brought in six players for a pre-draft workout today, once again mostly composed of seniors, with two players projected in the late second round and the remainder of the group expected to go undrafted.

Wesley Iwundu and Devin Robinson headline the group, both wing players with solid size and length who showed solid shooting ability in college, and they both have intriguing defensive potential as well. It’s easy to see how the Raptors would be interested in these two prospects, as they look like potential steals late in the draft, as players with defined skillsets as well as upside.

PLAYER NOTES

Here’s the full list of players who attended the workout:

Name Position Height College
Wesley Iwundu Guard 6-7 Kansas State
Devin Robinson Forward 6-8 Florida
J.J. Frazier Guard 5-10 Georgia
Quinton Hooker Guard 6-0 North Dakota
Hassan Martin Forward 6-7 Rhode Island
Paul Watson Forward 6-7 Fresno State

Wesley Iwundu

Draft Express Ranking – 53

Iwundu comes into the draft after four years with Kansas State, and his physical tools have impressed throughout his college career. A big guard with playmaking skills and defensive versatility, he also managed to hit 37.6% of his three point shots in his senior year, showing improvement in his perimeter game from struggles as a sophomore and junior.

With a 7’1″ wingspan and 36″ vertical, Iwundu will also have some positional versatility as a pro, being someone who showed definite ball-handling and passing ability in college and may be able to be used as a playmaker at the professional level. He also showed talent drawing contact and getting to the free throw line. Despite that, he struggled creating his own shot off the bounce during the first three years in college, and reworked his shot mechanics going into his senior year, and it showed with improved numbers from the field and long distance.

Iwundu may still need to add some muscle to his frame, but there is definite upside here and if he can continue to improve his perimeter shooting there could be a place for a player with his skills in the NBA.

Devin Robinson

Draft Express Ranking- 51

Robinson is the youngest player in this group as a junior, and much like Iwundu, he fits the direction the league is headed. A strong forward with plus-wingspan and defensive ability, he also showed improved outside shooting in his 3rd season at Florida, hitting 39.1% of his long range shots on 3.1 attempts per game.

While there are a lot of similarities between Robinson and Iwundu physically, they won’t play the same position in the pros, with Robinson lacking Iwundu’s playmaking ability and mostly being relegated to transition and spot-up opportunities in college. He also at times struggled with consistency defensively, although when he was engaged he looked the part of a versatile stopper ably guarding multiple positions.

He has slipped in the draft rankings due to the issues with consistency on defense and playmaking, but with his athleticism and outside shooting, Robinson should find his way into the second round of the draft and could be a solid win for a team drafting there.

J.J. Frazier 

Draft Express Ranking- Unranked

Frazier was a prodigious scorer at George throughout his four seasons there, averaging 18.8 points per game as a senior and also showing solid playmaking ability while grabbing 1.8 steals per game. While not an overly efficient outside shooter, he did show the ability to make the three-point shot as well. An undersized point guard at just 5’10”, he’s not expected to be drafted this summer, but could be a summer league prospect or end up on a G-League roster for next season.

Quinton Hooker

Draft Express Ranking- Unranked

Coming into the summer as a senior from North Dakota, Hooker isn’t listed on any mock drafts or prospect rankings. The 6’0″ guard from North Dakota showed impressive range as a college player, taking 6.1 three point attempts per game and making 42.6% of those. While he lead his squad to the NCAA tournament and scored 25 points in their first round game against Arizona, including shooting 5-8 from long distance, that was the end of the road for both an overmatched North Dakota team as well as Hooker’s college career. With his proficiency from long-range, it’s understandable why teams would want to take a look at him this summer.

Hassan Martin

Draft Express Ranking- Unranked

Martin had an impressive finish to his college career, after the Rhode Island team came into the NCAA tournament facing off against the 6th seeded Creighton Bulldogs and managed the upside, and Martin contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds to the victory. An athletic forward with impressive shot blocking ability, he averaged 2.4 blocks per game as a senior, with four 6+ block games in his college career. His defensive ability, despite his smaller frame for a big man, makes him an intriguing prospect despite not being ranked on prospect lists.

Paul Watson

Draft Express Ranking- Unranked

A big guard at 6’7″, Watson, like the three prospects above him on this list, comes into the draft unranked on any lists. During his first three years at Fresno State he showed some shooting ability, including shooting 37.9% on 3.7 attempts per game as a freshman. However, in his senior year he regressed to just 34.1%. If a team believes that the potential is there for him to be a plus shooter, he may make an intriguing project with his size.

ASSORTED

  • The Raptors will be holding pre-draft workouts over the next two days.

*A NOTE ON THIS PROCESS: We’re going to hear a lot of names rumored or reported to be coming in/meeting/working out/etc. I’m not always going to pass them on, especially this early in the process. A lot of it is due diligence and doesn’t mean a ton, and they’re also just low-value posts (“Rumor: Player X to work out”). Sometimes there will be (good) reasons the team doesn’t want the names public or a player can’t come in (Visa or scheduling issues). If anyone does visit and there’s media availability, we’ll have you covered. Obviously, feel free to comment and discuss those rumors (Hoops Hype is a good source for rumor aggregation) in the comments/forums, I just may not always throw a post up. Closer to the draft, as we get into second workouts or if someone outside of Toronto’s range visits, that information becomes a little more important.

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