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Phoenix Suns pre-NBA Draft workout tracker

Jun 22, 2024, 3:05 PM

With the 2024 NBA Draft coming up on June 26-27, potential draftees have begun working out for the Phoenix Suns.

While some NBA teams are very transparent about their workouts and even invite media to speak with prospects, the Suns play their cards much closer to the vest, at least since James Jones’ tenure began.

That leaves us relying on the prospects themselves to make their workouts known — such as in the case of California wing Jaylon Tyson. Agencies and reporters have also tipped us off — like in the case of USC guard Bronny James — regarding information on Suns workouts.

Phoenix has its first-round pick (No. 22) but forfeited its second-round pick for contacting then-free agent center Drew Eubanks ahead of the allowed negotiation period. It can also add undrafted free agents, especially as it now has a G League roster to fill out with the Valley Suns set to play an inaugural season at Mullett Arena in Tempe.

Here are the NBA draft prospects the Suns have worked out to this point — or at least the ones we could identify — in order of where they ranked on ESPN‘s top-100 big board.

Who has worked out so far for the Phoenix Suns ahead of the 2024 NBA Draft?

25. Tyler Kolek, Marquette point guard

Kolek posted a view overlooking a pool in Scottsdale and has a workout with the Suns in the final week before the draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

The point guard is notably represented by agent Mark Bartelstein, the father of Suns and Mercury executive Josh Bartelstein.

The 23-year-old played four seasons of college basketball, averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 assists per game with a 60% true shooting percentage last year. He was a finalist for Bob Cousy Award and an Associated Press Second Team All-American honoree.

The Suns did not have a traditional point guard last season and he is the most-mocked player to Phoenix.

28. Ryan Dunn, Virginia forward

ESPN’s best defender in the draft, Dunn stands at 6-foot-7-plus with a 7-foot-1 wingspan at 214 pounds. He averaged 1.3 steals and 2.3 blocks per game for a Virginia squad that finished the season seventh in adjusted defense by KenPom.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said on a June 21 episode of The Mismatch podcast Dunn was one of several prospects at Kolek’s Phoenix workout, joined also by G League Ignite forward Tyler Smith and TCU guard Jameer Nelson Jr.

Although Dunn took 51 3-point attempts over his two collegiate seasons, he’s efficient as a cutter (75th percentile in NCAA), which accounted for more than a quarter of his offense. He’s even better in transition (93rd percentile) albeit on much lower volume below 14% of his offense. At the rim, he has the athleticism to finish emphatically.

31. Jaylon Tyson, Cal wing

The only potential first-round prospect to be publicly looked at by the Suns so far, Tyson starred for Cal as a junior after playing his sophomore season at Texas Tech and freshman season at Texas.

As a junior, the 6-foot-7, 215-pound wing averaged 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He got to the rim nearly seven times per game and made 56.9% of his shots there, according to Synergy. The majority of his jump shots came off the dribble, hitting 33.7% of his 2.8 pull-up 3s per game.

34. Tyler Smith, G League Ignite forward

At 6-foot-10 and 224 pounds, Smith boasts one of the best long-range shots for a bigger prospect in the class, knocking down 36.4% of his four 3s per game during the G League regular season.

As Kellan Olson noted in a 22 for 22 story focused on Smith, while the size and shooting are tantalizing, there aren’t a whole lot of other positives to Smith’s game, and he’s much more of a long-term project than an immediate contributor.

41. Ajay Mitchell, UC Santa Barbara point guard

Mitchell is getting Jalen Brunson comparisons likely because he’s a lefty and doesn’t have bolts of athleticism to his game.

He dominated Big West play at UCSB, averaging 20.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting splits of 50/39/86. A lot of it was self-creation at the rim and a solid 43% on two-point jumpers. Mitchell put up several 30-burgers in conference play and dropped 27 against Fresno State this past year.

He had a tournament game of 13 points against Baylor as a sophomore, but otherwise the only tape against teams closer to NBA-level athletes is limited to a solid draft combine performance where his tempo and pace at point helped his stock.

HoopHype lists Mitchell has having worked out for the Suns.

49. Keshad Johnson, Arizona forward

Johnson posted an Instagram story of a Phoenix workout shirt with the “#8” with a checkbox signifying he’s making the rounds leading up to the draft. The Arizona forward, who played one year for the Wildcats after transferring from San Diego State, has since posted evidence of a ninth workout with the New York Knicks and a view from Toronto.

Johnson averaged 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in his fifth college season.

At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, one of college basketball’s best leapers from a year ago also shot 39% from deep on 2.6 attempts per game, a sign he could not only be a switchable defensive wing but space the floor as well.

55. Bronny James, USC guard

James worked out for the Suns on June 5 in a group setting that included West Virginia’s RaeQuan Battle and Villanova’s Mark Armstrong, according to azcentral.com’s Duane Rankin.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported on June 18 James would work out with the Suns again before the draft.

He would be a reach at No. 22, but the 6-foot-2, 205-pound James is a real-deal prospect if he can be obtained in a second-round trade or as an undrafted player who spends time in Tempe. However, Klutch agent Rich Paul has made it known that a two-way contract won’t do it for the James family.

56. Trentyn Flowers, Adelaide 36ers wing

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reported the 6-foot-9, 205-pound Flowers had a workout scheduled with Phoenix after playing last season in Australia’s National Basketball League after initially enrolling at Louisville.

He didn’t have the role in Adelaide that he was hoping for, averaging just 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.7 minutes across 18 games. He did, however, flash an improved 3-point shot on minuscule volume, making eight of his 19 attempts on the season (42.1%).

75. Anton Watson, Gonzaga forward

The fifth-year forward put up 14.5 points, 7.1 boards and 2.6 assists per game for the Bulldogs, flashing 58% accuracy and and 41% from three, albeit on 1.5 attempts per game.

More evidence on more volume from three could have helped out his stock, but at 6-foot-8, he’s efficient enough as a scorer, versatile enough defender and decent enough as a ball-mover to project to the NBA.

84. Jaylin Williams, Auburn forward

Williams worked out for Phoenix on June 4, his agency said. He averaged 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 2023-24, his fifth season playing for the Tigers.

A 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward, Williams ideally fits a versatile role that can include connecting the offense, setting screens and hitting standstill 3s, which he did at a 39.5% clip last season (41.2% when those shots are open).

88. Jaedon LeDee, San Diego State forward

The fifth-year senior spent time at Ohio State and TCU before finding success in two years at San Diego State. He made a major leap his supersenior year, scoring 21.4 points per game to go with 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting 56% overall and 44% on limited three-point shooting (1.3 attempts per game). LeDee also got to the foul stripe at a wild rate, taking 8.6 free throws a night. He’s had workouts in Brooklyn, Cleveland and Golden State in addition to Phoenix, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

98. Tristan Enaruna, Cleveland State forward

The Suns are one of 15 workouts listed for Enaruna by his college team. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound wing averaged 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his fifth college season. He jumped around in college: from two seasons of backup action at Kansas before becoming a starter at Iowa State and then blowing up in two years at Cleveland State. There is just little evidence of consistent production against high-level competition across his career.

Unranked. RaeQuan Battle, West Virginia guard

One of the reported standouts from the June 5 workout that included James, Battle averaged 16.1 points and four rebounds as West Virginia’s top scoring option in his fifth collegiate season. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, his main statistical red flag is never averaging at least one assist per game in any of his five seasons.

UR. Mark Armstrong, Villanova guard

The second-youngest prospect on the list after James, Armstrong expanded his role as a sophomore to being more of a consistent contributor. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, who also impressed at the James workout, averaged 8.4 points and 2.4 assists in 24.5 minutes per game last season.

UR. Fardaws Aimaq, Cal forward

This 6-foot-11, 215-pound Canadian forward was in Phoenix for a workout on May 29, according to trainer Harp Grewal. He averaged 14.5 points and 11 rebounds along with a block per game as a fifth-year senior at Cal.

UR. Malik Hall, Michigan State forward

Another five-year player all at one school like Watson, Hall finally broke the double-figure average mark at 12.7 points per game. He added 5.7 assists and 1.9 assists, but flashing an inconsistent three over the past three years leaves more to be desired from the 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward.

UR. Tyrese Samuel, Florida big

Samuel played last season at Florida after four years with Setona Hall, and his numbers continued to gradually ascend. He averaged 13.9 points and 7.4 boards with nearly two assists, a block and a steal to go with it all. If the 6-foot-10 forward had a stretch game, he would be more of a draft consideration. Still, he’s got potential as a ball-moving, undersized center.

UR. Jameer Nelson Jr., TCU guard

The son of 14-year NBA guard Jameer Nelson averaged 11.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game in his fifth collegiate season, playing at TCU after playing at mid-majors George Washington and Delaware over his first four seasons.

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