Monday it was reported that potential first-round prospect Shabazz Muhammad, and prospective late second-round pick Ricky Ledo both worked out with the Detroit Pistons. While there wasn't much word on Ledo's workout, the Pistons had met with Ledo face-to-face previously during May's Draft Combine in Chicago, so there was prior interest. In regards to Muhammad's workout, Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News said sources told him that it went well. On Tuesday, the Pistons hosted Detroit Mercy Titans' point guard Ray McCallum Jr. while Cody Zeller, who worked out for the Pistons last Friday, was reportedly shooting up the team's draft board.
McCallum Jr. left Detroit Mercy a year early, forgoing the opportunity to play for his head coach/father in his senior season. After leading the Titans to the Horizon League Tournament Title and NCAA Tournament berth in his sophomore season, McCallum averaged 18.4 point per game and 4.5 assists to 2.0 turnovers per game (a great stat for an aspiring point guard). While some scouts believer McCallum Jr. made a mistake by coming out early, many in the Detroit media (Pistons 101 included) believe he'd be a great pick for the Pistons in the second round.
Matt Dery, who did play-by-play for Detroit Mercy basketball and is close to the McCallum family, spoke about McCallum Jr. today:
Ray could have returned to Calihan Hall for his senior season, but elected to go to the NBA now because he feels like he is ready. I’ve talked to some NBA scouts who do not believe Ray is a first round pick because of his inconsistent jump shot. I think he’d be a steal for a team late in the first round or for the Pistons at number 37.
In regards to Cody Zeller, sources are reporting that he's rising up the draft boards of a number of NBA teams including the Pistons. Zeller was a monster in the drill portion of the NBA Combine in May, standing out among his fellow centers in regards to athleticism (3.15 three-quarter-court-sprint, best overall standing vertical jump at 35 1/2-inches, best lane agility drill among centers with 10.82-seconds). Although he worked out as a center at the combine, he's more likely to play the power-forward spot in the NBA. Zeller's mix of full-court athleticism and shades of mid-range jump shot potential could make him the perfect running mate to Andre Drummond down the road. If he's there at no. 8 and the Pistons draft him, there's a chance that Zeller, and not Greg Monroe, will be more the focus as the Pistons move forward. Sources said that Zeller's private workout with the Pistons was impressive, as all of his workouts have been.
The NBA Draft will be on ESPN this Thursday, June 27th. The Detroit Pistons have picks nos. 8, 37 and 56 to use.
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