For the first time this year, the Lakers opened up their draft workouts to the media, giving a glimpse at the college prospects that they are taking a firsthand look at.
On Monday, Los Angeles worked out a Second Team All-American, a defensive-minded guard, two 3 and D prospects and a couple of stretchy big men.
V.J. Beachem | SF | Notre Dame | 6’8 | 201 | Sr.
A shooter on the wing, Beachem projects as a potential 3 and D player in the NBA. He hit 39.2 percent from deep in his Fighting Irish career and ranked among the ACC’s top five in made triples for the past two years. As a senior, he averaged 14.5 points for Notre Dame.
Thomas Bryant | C | Indiana | 6’10 | 245 | So.
Few players in the NBA can match the length of Bryant, who boasts a 9-foot-4 standing reach and 7-foot-5.5 wingspan. Bryant shot a robust 59.2 percent from the field across his college career and even stepped out to hit 28-of-75 3-pointers (37.3 percent). In his final year at Bloomington, he ranked 10th in the Big Ten in rebounds (6.6) and seventh in blocks (1.5).
Kyle Kuzma | PF | Utah | 6’9 | 221 | Jr.
One of the top big men in the Pac-12, Kuzma placed among his conference’s top five in scoring (16.4) and rebounding (9.3). He also starred at the NBA Draft Combine, scoring 20 points in as many minutes while hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers.
“I think I can bring to the NBA versatility,” Kuzma said. “I feel like the league is going toward four men that can pass, dribble, shoot, rebound, defend. I think I can do all that and bring that to the table at the highest level.”
Dominique Hawkins | G | Kentucky | 6’0 | 191 | Sr.
A rare four-year player for Kentucky, Hawkins appeared in every game as a senior, though he averaged just 4.7 points and 1.7 assists in 19.2 minutes. Known for his defense, the 22-year-old was at his best offensively in the SEC Championship Game, scoring a career-best 14 points.
Andrew White | SG | Syracuse | 6’7 | 210 | Sr.
Few players can fire from deep like White, who led the ACC in 3-pointers (112) and 3-point percentage (40.0). He was also fifth in his conference in both scoring (18.5) and steals (1.6), making him a prototype 3 and D wing if he can translate his skills to the NBA.
Nigel Williams-Gross | PG | Gonzaga | 6’3 | 195 | Jr.
By leading his team to a 37-2 record and the National Championship Game, Williams-Goss established himself as one of college basketball’s top point guards. He led the entire country in win shares (8.1) while averaging 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and a West Coast Conference-best 1.7 steals. For his efforts, he was named his conference’s Player of the Year and Second Team All-American.
“I’m just trying to show myself; who I am as a person,” Williams-Goss said. “A good character kid (who) competes at a high level. And I know how to play the game, whether that’s on the ball, off the ball, setting screens and getting teammates open. I just feel like I’m a well-rounded player.”