Wednesday's Workout Filled with First-Round Talent

Assuming the Pacers keep the 13th overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft, there’s a pretty decent chance their first-round pick worked out at the Ascension St. Vincent Center on Wednesday. Indiana brought in a loaded group for its seventh pre-draft workout, including four prospects who were among the 20 players invited to the green room at the Barclays Center for the July 29 draft, a general indicator of who the league believes will be selected early.

That quartet included Oregon guard Chris Duarte, Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert, LSU guard Cam Thomas, and Stanford wing Ziaire Williams, each of whom could be viable options for the Pacers with the 13th pick.

“This was probably the most talented group I’ve been in in my 11 workouts,” said Colorado guard McKinley Wright, one of two other participants in Wednesday’s workout, along with Virginia forward Sam Hauser.

Each of the prospects that auditioned for the Pacers on Wednesday brings something different to the table, but the consistent theme across the group was their offensive potential.

Kispert is probably the most familiar name to Pacer fans, fresh off a standout senior season at Gonzaga where he was a consensus first-team All-American and led the Bulldogs on a spectacular run, nearly becoming the first team since the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers to compile an undefeated record before suffering their lone loss of the year to Baylor in the national championship game.

Kispert was not a likely…

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