Prospects strut stuff for Raptors
Old 06-19-2010, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Prospects strut stuff for Raptors

The Raptors have whittled their list of potential draft picks down to a half dozen or so, and four of them might have been in the practice gym Thursday.

Toronto worked out forward Patrick Patterson and point guard Eric Bledsoe, both from a Kentucky outfit Bledsoe called “pretty much an NBA team,” swingman Paul George of Fresno State and smooth Kansas shooting guard Xavier Henry.

Henry, Patterson and Bledsoe have long been considered blue chip prospects, each ranked third overall for their position in the rankings coming out of high school, while George is a late-bloomer who intrigues because he is a 6-foot-9 two-guard with great shooting ability.

Previous attendees Avery Bradley, Ekpe Udoh and Cole Aldrich have been connected to the Raptors, though it is quite possible they, along with Henry and Patterson, will be off the board when Toronto steps to the podium next Thursday.

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Raptors director of player personnel Jim Kelly said the team will take the best player available, regardless of position.

“The number is probably down to about six or seven players, I can’t really say that we’ve pared down what position because I don’t think we’ll take a player by position,” Kelly said.

“You have to have a list, because the draft doesn’t revolve on us.”

Kelly said potential trades could affect the team’s thinking at 13 and also said the team has a separate group of players it likes and would consider should it add a second pick later on in the draft.

The veteran bird dog also cautioned against reading too much into individual workouts.

“You’re walking a thin line if you pick a player because he has, or didn’t have a good workout,” Kelly said.

“You try to build a book up on them. Look at where they were, where they are now, and where they might be in two or three years.”
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