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Big prospects on the Spurs' radar: Montrezl Harrell, Kevon Looney and Jordan Mickey

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The draft is almost here and the Spurs have worked out some prospects which could be in their range in the first round. Here's a look at some of the bigs who could play in San Antonio next season.

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The draft is upon us and the Spurs have been busy, looking at prospects to select with the 26th pick in the draft. Workouts and interviews are kept quiet in San Antonio -- like everything else the front office does -- but we do know that the Spurs have met with some players who could be in play with their first round pick. In this series we'll take a look at some of those potential targets.

Montrezl Harrell

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 6' 8"
  • Weight: 253
  • Position: Power Forward
  • College career

    After his sophomore season with Louisville, Harrell was projected to go in the first round but he surprised many by electing to return for a third college season. His junior season didn't see Montrezl take a big step forward and he still projects to go in the mid-20s. Last season, he averaged 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds.

    Fit with the Spurs

    He can't shoot, but who better to fix that than longtime Spurs shot doctor, Chip Engelland. He's not a great offensive player at this time, but he's got a great motor and although he is undersized for an NBA PF, his 7' 3" wingspan makes up for some of that. Coming off of the bench for SA, he would bring energy and would make an interesting pairing with Manu Ginobili. His athleticism and motor lead to him outrunning the opposition in transition, often leading to alley-oops.

    He's an above average offensive rebounder, but that's not something that the Spurs emphasize. His defensive rebounding leaves a bit to be desired, he averaged only 6.4 per 40 minutes throughout his college career.

    Outlook

    He's not going to be a starter in the NBA, but he could be a great role-player with his energy, physicality and athleticism. If he slips to the Spurs, I wouldn't be disappointed if they gave him a shot.

    Kevon Looney

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 6' 9"
  • Weight: 222
  • Position: Power Forward
  • College career

    He played just one season for the UCLA Bruins and put up 11.6 points, grabbed 9.2 boards and 3.9 stocks (steals and blocks) per game in 31 minutes.

    Like Harrell, he's a good offensive rebounder, but he's also a very good defensive rebounder. He has also shown the ability to shoot the three ball (41.5% on 53 attempts in 36 games.) When defenders close out, he has decent ball-handling skills to drive but does not possess a pull-up jumper.

    Fit with the Spurs

    He's not as athletic as Harrell, and although he is taller, his build is slighter than that of Montrezl. He does have an impressive 7' 3" wingspan. That wingspan and his decent lateral quickness combine to make him a pretty good defender that can keep fours and some threes in front of him. He also closes out well and shows good defensive instincts on the perimeter. As a big man, he plays the passing lanes well and comes up with a good number of steals.

    Like Harrell, he would be an energy guy off of the bench for SA. He could develop into a stretch four, with a nice stoke and good catch-and-shoot ability, and have the added benefit of potentially developing into an above-average defender.

    Outlook

    If he can add some strength and develop as a post defender he could have a nice career coming off of the bench. It's unlikely that he can develop into an above-average offensive player, showing no post game or ability to create his own looks in college, but if his defense translates to he NBA and he can consistently knock down threes he could be a nice piece in the league.

    Jordan Mickey

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 6' 8"
  • Weight: 238
  • Position: Power Forward
  • College career

    An impressively versatile defensive career at LSU, showing the lateral quickness needed to guard perimeter oriented players, the strength to hold his own on the block and a knack for blocking shots, is contrasted by a lack of refinement in his offensive game. He showed poor court awareness and consistently made ill-advised decisions in the half court.

    He averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds a game to go along with his 4.5 stocks (3.6 blocks per) in his sophomore season as a Tiger.

    Fit with the Spurs

    It would be a stretch for the Spurs to grab him in the first round, but if he's there in the second, he could be an intriguing pick up. Defensively, he looks to be a very useful player, but at this point on the other end, he looks to be a liability. He's still young, so he could develop, and what better team to do that with than the Spurs.

    Outlook

    There's a good chance that his offensive game will keep him from ever being able to be productive in the NBA, but his defensive abilities make him interesting. It will take significant offensive growth from him to stay in the league, as his D is good but he is undersized for a four. He's not going to be a true rim protector, but the league is moving to the perimeter and he could be quite valuable off of the bench.