Sixers to work out Jaylen Brown, 6 other draft prospects on Tuesday


While no name as renowned as Brandon Ingram will be in the building (see workout story), the Sixers will continue their pre-draft workouts Tuesday morning at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The team will take a look at six players in the first session of the day before conducting a private workout with Jaylen Brown from the University of California.

Session 2

Jaylen Brown (6-6/225, California)
Brown is an incredibly smart, athletic 19-year-old who may be selected as high as No. 3 by the Celtics. The swingman is physically ready for the NBA and can help any team immediately with his perimeter defense. His weakness as an outside shooter is the main reason why some lottery teams are hesitant to take him. Since Brown is almost certainly going to be taken in between the Sixers' first two picks (No. 1 and No. 24 overall), the Sixers won’t gain much from this workout besides a more intimate knowledge of the player.

Session 1

Michael Bryson (6-4/201, UC Santa Barbara)
Like most of the players participating in this workout, it would be very surprising if Bryson gets drafted. The Sixers are giving this group of players a workout mainly to evaluate whether they’re worth signing to a deal after the draft. The best-case scenario for Bryson and the majority of these prospects is an impressive workout, a summer league invite and a spot at the end of an NBA bench when the regular season begins. Bryson averaged 18.3 points, 6.4 boards and 2.4 assists per game last season.

A.J. English (6-4/180, Iona)
The No. 1 reason English is receiving NBA consideration is his ability to score. As a senior with the Gaels, he posted 22.6 points per game, 10th in Division I. Iona also leaned heavily on English to do much more than score; he led the team in steals (1.6) and assists (6.2) per game, though his 1.72 assist-to-turnover ratio may cause some teams to question his decision-making. English’s father, A.J. English II, played in the NBA from 1990-1992 for the Washington Bullets. 

Dyshawn Pierre (6-8/223, Dayton)
Pierre was suspended by Dayton for the first six weeks of his senior season because of sexual assault allegations, which he has vociferously denied. He projects in the NBA as a big shooting guard with solid all-around skills and rebounding ability. Pierre grabbed 10.2 rebounds per 40 minutes for the Flyers.

Tomasz Gielo (6-9/220, Mississippi)
A native of Poland, Gielo transferred from Liberty to Ole Miss for his final year of NCAA eligibility. Gielo, who shot 81.1 percent from the foul line and 35.1 percent from long range, would be used as a stretch four in the NBA, though he’d probably need to have an otherworldly workout to persuade the Sixers or any team that he’s capable of contributing at the next level.

Jarrod Uthoff (6-10/214, Iowa)
In several mock drafts, Uthoff goes at the very end of the second round. He showcased an impressive offensive game against Big Ten competition, posting 18.9 points per game on a combination of three-pointers, mid-range pull-ups and the occasional drive to the rim. If Uthoff ends up going undrafted, then the Sixers will have a better idea of whether they want to sign him after seeing him in person Tuesday.

Georges Niang (6-9/231, Iowa State)
Niang, who may be the most recognizable name for casual fans on the Session 1 list, thrived in the fast-pace offense at Iowa State. He often served as a point-forward, creating opportunities for himself and his teammates out of the high post. Despite his versatile skill set and quality shooting touch, Niang will likely go undrafted because of his dearth of athleticism and quickness. 

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