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June 3: Spurs invite Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis to practice
Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis expects the Spurs to select an interesting draft prospect with the No. 9 overall pick in several mock drafts who will have star potential and be a solid addition to San Antonio’s backcourt.
And now, those predictions may be getting closer to reality. The Spurs will host Davis for a pre-draft practice sometime next week, according to a report Thursday night. track and field.
“Playing under Popovich, the most famous coach in NBA history, would be something I really wanted to happen,” Davis said during the NBA Combine.
Davis was just one of the best players in college basketball last season. One of four finalists for the Naismith Player of the Year award at La Crosse, Wisconsin, 6-5, 194 pounds. The natives lead the Badgers in points (19.7), rebounds (8.2) and steals (1.2).
Under the legendary developmental system of the Spurs and shooting coach Chip Engellan, Davis’ athleticism, control, and rebounding could make him a future All-Star if the Spurs draft him.
May 23: Current Spurs Consensus Predictions
When aggregating all the latest mock draft projections from major publications, the Spurs’ consensus pick was for Memphis center Jalen Durham for the No. 9 pick.
Durham is 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan and is athletic. He excels at doing the dirty work on both ends of the floor, averaging 12.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game for Memphis.
There’s a lot to like about how Durham has acted as a rim roller and general finisher at the NBA’s pitch. Considering his shot-blocking ability, he has some solid two-way advantages to anchor an offensive spot featuring Dejounte Murray.
On the day of the 2022 NBA Draft, Durham will be one of the youngest rookies in the class. Other common Spurs predictions include Johnny Davis and Jeremy Sokhan.
MAY 16: ROCK CHALK: Spurs host Kansas forward JALEN WILSON in pre-draft practice
According to Monday from Topeka Capital Magazine.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Denton, Texas, native was invited to the NBA’s G League elite training camp and made an immediate appearance Monday when it kicked off at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena. Wilson started for the first team and played 18 minutes, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-10 shooting, including a 4-6 3-pointer. He also added six rebounds and three assists.
The first team defeated the second team 97-81.
Wilson was a big part of the Jayhawks’ national championship win in April. He had 15 points and four rebounds as Kansas fell from a 16-point deficit to beat North Carolina 72-69 in the championship game.
In the regular season, Wilson averaged 11.1 points, a team-high 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 37 games while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. He had seven double-doubles this season and scored a season-high 23 points in Kansas’ 10-13 win over West Virginia on Jan. 15, 85-59.
Wilson is a big forward with the potential to develop the ability at the four, and after studying under the legendary Bill Self coach at the University of Kansas, Wilson would be a perfect fit under Gregg Popovich.
Wilson is still deciding whether to stay in the draft or return to college for another season.
May 13: Spurs practice for North Carolina Freshman Guard
The Spurs have given North Carolina State freshman guard Terquavion Smith a pre-draft workout, according to a report from Fanside on Friday.
Smith averaged 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 39.8 percent from the field in his only season in college.
Shooting efficiency and assist numbers are a bit of a question mark, but Smith remains a raw prospect who would certainly be a work-in-progress in the G League if the Spurs draft him.
A smooth catch-and-dribble shooter, Smith would be a valuable option for a Spurs team looking to develop a young, confident, high-up offense.
May 9: Tottenham pre-draft practice at TULSA FORWARD
The San Antonio Spurs had a pre-draft workout with Tulsa forward Jeria Horn in late April at the Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, Virginia, SBNation reported Tuesday.
Horn shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range with the Golden Hurricanes, averaging 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. While he certainly doesn’t rely on deep builds (only 66 a year), Horn can make up for it when needed.
Kansas Overland Park. The native has been in college since 2016, with brief stops in Nebraska and Colorado, and at 24 was on the older side of most rookies. But with a respectable 6-7, 205 NBA stature and pro-level head-to-head scoring ability, Horn is getting understandable interest from the Spurs.
One potentially overlooked aspect of Horn’s draft value is his durability. With the exception of the 2017-2018 redshirt in Tulsa, Horn played 29 or more games in every college season he attended. He appeared in all 63 games in Tulsa, 23 of which were starts.
The Los Angeles Lakers are another team to watch now, as the organization announced via a press release that Horne will practice for the team on Tuesday.
Wherever he ends up, fans of his new team will soon discover Horn’s miracle shot that beat UCF in early March of last season.
May 9: Spurs hold pre-draft practice for LSU forward and Alabama guard
The San Antonio Spurs are aiming for star power in this year’s draft. Three first-round picks in the hands of general manager Brian Wright sound like a deadly combination.
But as always, the front office will continue to conduct due diligence on potential second-round prospects.
And two potential suitors? LSU forward Darius Days and Alabama guard Keon Ellis, for whom the Spurs held pre-draft workouts over the weekend of April 30-May 1, a source close to the situation told SBNation.
Days, who played all 33 games for the Tigers last season, provided the ideal big man stretch that San Antonio desperately needed. At 6-foot-7, he packs a punch at 245 pounds, despite being a bit short for a true NBA big man role.
Raleigh, Florida. Averaged 13.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game this season while leading the Tigers in 3-point percentage with 69. Already confident of making it fly, Dyce could be an interesting development player if the Spurs pull the trigger when they draft him.
The Spurs could also select Ellis, the Alabama teammate of San Antonio’s 2021 first-round pick Josh Primo.
At 6-foot-6, 175 inches, Ellis’ long frame and stature could present another attractive prospect with high 3-D potential for the Spurs. As a guard, he led the Crimson Tide in total rebounds (201) last season and was the team’s runaway leader in total steals (64). Eustis, Florida. Native also proved to be an efficient 3-point shooter, leading Tide in 3-point percentage (36.6) and second in 3-point percentage (67).
Overall, Ellis is averaging 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 88.1 percent from the line on 101 free throws.
The only downside to Ellis is his low assist numbers. Still, the box score doesn’t tell the whole story, as he can prove that idea wrong with an impressive performance at the combine.