The Atlanta Hawks have examined a number of very interesting NBA Draft prospects in recent days, with Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans on Thursday and Colorado’s Derrick White earlier in the week. On Friday, the Hawks will once again host six players and the two headliners are Villanova shooting guard Josh Hart and Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan.
The two potential first round picks are joined by Duke guard Matt Jones, Iowa swingman Peter Jok, Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame and former Duke big man Amile Jefferson. Each player brings a different skill set to the table and, in the case of Blossomgame, he has generated some buzz as a high-end second round prospect.
As for Hart, the All-American shooting guard has settled in as a late first round/early second round prospect. He isn't the most physically gifted prospect in this class but Hart's game is quite polished and he is capable of scoring efficiently while not taking anything off the table. Hart is likely a one-position defender in the NBA but he sports a high basketball IQ and should be an effective role player.
Swanigan is a divisive prospect (even in this space) as a dominant college player that has some notable flaws. Offensively, his game is tantalizing in that he can score in the post while spacing the floor. Swanigan is also a tremendous rebounder with more length than he is given credit for in a lot of circles. On defense, though, Swanigan's projection is difficult in that he doesn't protect the rim and there are concerns about his ability to switch and guard in space against NBA-level athletes.
Both Hart and Swanigan would be very interesting for Atlanta at the the No. 31 slot and, if they impress in the workout, either college veteran could solidify that potential. Stay tuned.