When I was preparing for the JaMychal Green interview we conducted late last week, I noticed an interesting trend regarding the Toronto Raptors' workout participants. Of those receiving invites, the vast majority of potential second-rounders were either Canadian kids, or Portsmouth studs.
Ok so the former trend is hardly a surprise. Every year the Raptors tip their proverbial hat to the nation that houses their basketball enterprise, and give the Canadian D1 players a chance to work out on the NBA stage, regardless of their potential as Dino draft picks.
But the latter trend is intriguing.
From Draftexpress' recent Portsmouth All-Tournament Team, the Raps have brought in four of the five "all-tourney" players including big men Kyle O'Quinn, Henry Sims and JaMychal Green, as well as shooting guard Kim English.
Considering the Raptors record with second-round selections (seriously, is Jimmy King their best ever???) this is incredibly encouraging. In fact two of the aforementioned players, O'Quinn and Sims, were brought in together last Tuesday to go head-to-head, and one only hopes that this week sees a few more second-round sleeper options head through the doors at the ACC.
Leading my wish list? Memphis forward Will Barton, Kentucky sharpshooter Doron Lamb, Oregon State floor general Jared Cunningham, West Virginia forward Kevin Jones, and Marquette energizers Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder.