Projecting second round picks in the NBA Draft is a fruitless exercise, but another name has surfaced as fodder for the Atlanta Hawks. Former Wichita State guard Ron Baker will work out for the team on Friday, according to a report from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Baker was a four-year starter for the Shockers, teaming with Fred VanVleet to lead Wichita State to an unbeaten regular season and a number one seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Though he is not considered to be in the mix for a first round draft slot on June 23, the 6-foot-4 guard could land among the 30 second round selections, as he ranks 57th overall in this class according to ESPN's Chad Ford.
The 23-year-old guard converted 37% of his three-point attempts (242-655) during his time at Wichita State, and Baker averaged at least 13 points per game in each of his final three seasons. In terms of his NBA draft stock, Baker's appeal would be as a floor-spacing shooter, and he has been praised for his versatility (Baker played some point guard at Wichita State) and overall acumen.
Because the Hawks do not release workout information, fans are left to pour through reports in an attempt to gauge interest, but Ron Baker could be on the radar in the second round, particularly with the 54th overall pick. Stay tuned.