Interesting little draft tidbit from ESPN.com's Chad Ford this afternoon.
In an Insider piece discussing top NBA draft prospects who could see their stock rise after workouts, Ford identifies five players, including Canadian Andrew Nicholson. The other prospects include Baylor forwards Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller, Washington's Terrence Ross, and Kentucky's Terence Jones many of whom will likely be in consideration if the Raptors stay in the eighth draft spot.
Why could all make a jump on draft boards once workouts begin?
Ford notes that all five are terrifically skilled and most very athletic; elements that often are viewed better up close in workout settings.
For Nicholson, a comparison to David West was even made:
"I don't think people realize how skilled he really is," one GM said. "I keep hearing my scouts say he's kind of like David West. Well, if he is David West, he should be 15 spots higher on our board. The more I've watched him on film, the more I think we may be missing on him. Skilled power forwards like West are hard to come by."
Raptors fans were likely hoping Nicholson slipped into the early second round so Toronto would have a shot at him, but I'm guessing by the time draft day rolls around, some team will snatch him up before the first round comes to a conclusion.