The Atlanta Hawks are looking far and wide in search of prospects that could bring value in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft, but it appears that, sometimes, that search can be geographically narrowed. The Hawks have reportedly engaged at least three local college players in draft workouts this week, beginning with a pair of former Georgia Bulldogs in guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines.
Charles Mann worked out with the Hawks today and has a workout scheduled with the Hornets tomorrow.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) June 16, 2016
Looks like Kenny Gaines worked out with the Hawks too. https://t.co/KrWgewgBrt— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) June 16, 2016
In addition to the workouts with Gaines and Mann (first reported above), word broke on Friday afternoon that Atlanta also hosted former Georgia Tech swingman Marcus Georges-Hunt.
UGA's Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann and Tech's Marcus Georges-Hunt have worked out for the Hawks ahead of draft.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) June 17, 2016
It must be noted that none of the three players in question are considered likely to be drafted on June 23, but Georges-Hunt is the highest rated prospect. Georgia Tech’s go-to player over the past handful of seasons falls within various top-100 lists in NBA Draft circles, leaving the door open for a late second-round arrival in the draft.
At the same time, Georges-Hunt is likely bound for a professional career in the D-League or abroad, and the same goes for both Mann and Gaines. Each player brings positives to the table to go along with impressive collegiate profiles, but the Hawks are likely engaging in simple due diligence here.
Regardless, it is exciting for various college fan bases to imagine their former stars landing with the local NBA team and we shouldn’t stomp on that dream. At least too hard.