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2011 NBA Draft: Justin Harper Working Out For Chicago Bulls


If this tweet posted late last night is any indication, former Richmond Spider star Justin Harper is working out for the NBA's best regular season team in the Chicago Bulls today. DraftExpress currently has the power forward projected to go No. 8 in the second round to the Rockets, but Chicago owns picks No. 28 and No. 30 in the first round and could very easily snatch up Harper at one of those two spots. 

The late bloomers stock has fluctuated between early-to-mid second round status and going as high as late first round, but he could be a great fit for the Bulls. Harper is a versatile frontcourt player at 6-foot-10 and was one of the best perimeter shooters in the country this season, connecting on 45% of his nearly five attempts from beyond the arc per game. While he is capable of operating in the post as well, his game is very much that of a face-up stretch four. This works very well for a Chicago team that already features a surplus of physical, athletic big men inside, but is largely devoid of perimeter shooters save for Kyle Korver. A player of Harper's ilk would give the Bulls a pick-and-pop threat, while also providing another kick out option for Derrick Rose

This certainly seems like a great fit for both parties and a strong showing by Harper today would only stand to further improve his chances of slipping into the first round.