Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Al Young a 2nd-round fit for Sixers? More prospects in town Saturday

Al Young a 2nd-round fit for Sixers? More prospects in town Saturday


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. 

About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer
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