While bringing in former Villanova guard Dominic Cheek earlier in the week had a nice local flavor, I think that if there was a player in the first group of rookies the to work out for the team that the Sixers might have had some legitimate interest in drafting in the second round it was swingman Alex Young.
The 6-6 senior guard from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the same school that produced Indiana guard George Hill, doesn’t come from a well-known program, but his skill set has caught the attention of a number of NBA teams.
At 6-6, Young is viewed a guy who can stroke it from NBA 3-point territory. He’s long and athletic – with a very long wingspan – and he doesn’t have an aversion to playing defense. As a professional he projects as a much better defender than unrestricted Jodie Meeks, whom the Sixers will probably say goodbye to during the summer.
The Sixers will probably go big with their first pick (15th overall). However, don’t be surprised if one of their later picks (45th or 54th) is used on a guard who can shoot, has length and can defend. Young is not projected as a first-round pick. However, he could very well attract some team’s eye, maybe even the Sixers, in the second round.
On Saturday morning the Sixers will take another look at a crop of rookies at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Slated to audition for the Sixers are Temple center Michael Eric; Mississippi power forward Terrance Henry; Norfolk State forward Kyle O’Quinn; Northwestern forward John Shurna; and Georgetown center Henry Sims.