The 2012 NBA Draft order will be cemented following Wednesday night's lottery, but the hometown Minnesota Timberwolves will be slotted at No. 18 regardless of how the lottery ball lands. That doesn't mean this week is without exciting draft news, though, because the team is hosting its now-annual group workout once again.
The Wolves will host a bevy of NBA prospects, along with other teams, beginning Thursday morning as they get their first extended looks at some of this year's top prospects. And, thanks to the fine folks with the Timberwolves PR department, we know who is going to be in attendance on Day 1.
Thursday's first workout includes the following prospects:
- J'Covan Brown, a 6-foot-1 combo guard who played his college years for the Texas Longhorns.
- Drew Gordon, a 6-foot-9 power forward that split his amateur career between the UCLA Bruins andNew Mexico Lobos.
- Former Duke Blue Devils big man Miles Plumlee.
- 6-foot-7 Spanish guard Tomas Satoransky will make the trek from Spain.
- John Shurna, a forward from the Northwestern Wildcats that Gophers fans are all too familiar with.
- Memphis Tigers wing Wesley Witherspoon will round out the morning group.
The second group coming in on Thursday includes another decent batch of possible prospects, too:
- Baylor Bears forward Quincy Acy,
- Marquette Golden Eagles do-it-aller Jae Crowder,
- Iona Gaels point guard Scott Machado,
- Ramone Moore, a Temple Owls wingman who impressed at Portsmouth,
- Tennessee Tech guard Kevin Murphy,
- And last, but not least, Long Beach State's Casper Ware.
None of these players are likely to be selected by the Wolves in the first round, but it certainly doesn't hurt to bring in second round candidates that might also be possibilities for Minnesota's Summer League team if they end up going undrafted.