As the countdown to draft night in the NBA quickly approaches the three-week mark, individual and group workouts begin to come together at a feverish pace. Tomorrow is no exception as a flurry of non-power conference stars are expected to be participating in workouts across the country. According to reports the Indiana Pacers will be working out Jimmer Fredette tomorrow, while the San Antonio Spurs will welcome a group that includes former Butler standout Shelvin Mack.
The Pacers hold the No. 16 pick in the first round and it's a very strong possibility that Fredette won't be on that board by that point - at least if the rumors about Utah at No. 12 are true. With that said, the former BYU star would give Indiana another perimeter threat to go along with a trio of individuals who all shot at least 38% from beyond the arc last season (Danny Granger, Brandon Rush and Mike Dunleavy). The Pacers also play fast, ranking 5th in the NBA last season in pace, something that certainly favors Fredette who could very well thrive as a run-and-gun player in an up-tempo offense.
The Spurs own the 29th and 59th picks in this year's draft and Mack seems tailor-made to be another second-round steal for San Antonio. George Hill and Gary Neal have already proven to be as such, and with Tony Parker aging, Mack could provide another back-up point guard option to help spell minutes from the veteran. The Butler standout certainly has a strong pedigree, is a proven winner and as we've talked about has some strong points that could allow him to transition to the NBA.
Tuesday will include several other workouts for non-BCS players as well. The Knicks are said to be bringing in a group that includes Demonte Harper of Morehead State, John Holland of BU and UTEP's Julyan Stone. The Houston Rockets will be working out Richmond guard Kevin Anderson and based on what San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas is saying, it's off to the Windy City to workout for the Bulls.
Needless to say, Tuesday will be a big day as far as players making impressions that could prove fruitful on draft night.