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BUCKS BEAT: Grant piques NBA teams' curiosity

BUCKS BEAT: Grant piques NBA teams' curiosity

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There certainly isn’t a shortage of interest in Jerian Grant.

The former Notre Dame star guard has already worked out for 11 NBA teams with the 12th coming Wednesday with the Milwaukee Bucks.

By the time of the draft rolls around on June 25, Grant will have showcased his talents for 15 teams – or half of the entire league.

While Grant conceded his workout schedule has been grueling, he isn’t complaining.

“It’s definitely been a grind, but I’m pushing through,’’ Grant said. “I’m fine.’’

It helps that many of the teams that Grant has worked out for are in the lottery. In fact, seven lottery teams have brought him to their respective cities: Denver (No. 7), Charlotte (9), Miami (10), Indiana (11), Utah (12), Phoenix (13) and Oklahoma City (14).

Naturally, Grant yearns to be a lottery selection. But he said he wouldn’t mind playing for the Bucks, who have the 17th overall selection.

“I know they’re a young team and I know they have talent,’’ Grant said. “I think they’re going to be a team to be reckoned with.’’

Grant will be joined in Wednesday’s workout by power forwards Bobby Portis of Arkansas and Montrezl Harrell of Louisville. All are on the Bucks’ radar screen for the 15th pick. Portis is projected by many NBA scouts to be a mid-first round selection, while Harrell is expected be drafted in the 20s.

Harrell was measured at 6-foot-7 at the Chicago pre-draft camp, short for a power forward. However, he has a freakish 7-4¼ wingspan. To put that into perspective, Harrell’s wingspan is longer than sure-fire lottery selection centers Willie Cauley-Stein (7-3) and Myles Turner (7-4).

The Bucks will be Harrell’s third workout, the others being with Dallas (21) and Portland (23).

Hunter passes test

The Bucks are in the market for a perimeter shooter and there are few, if any, better than R.J. Hunter of Georgia State.

According to several eye-witnesses, Hunter performed well during a workout for the Bucks Tuesday. Bucks scouting director Billy McKinney said Hunter demonstrated more than his shooting skills.

“R.J. has some really good passing skills, too,’’ McKinney said.

Hunter is one of the draft’s wild-cards as illustrated by the range of the teams he’s worked out for: Charlotte (9), Phoenix (13), Oklahoma City (14), Houston (18) and Dallas (21). He will also work out for Washington (19) and Toronto (20) and possibly Atlanta (15) and Boston (16).

One of the players Hunter competed against in the Bucks’ workout was Justin Anderson, the former Virginia standout swingman. Of the eight teams Anderson has worked out for (San Antonio, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, Boston, L.A. Lakers, Milwaukee and Portland), Milwaukee is picking the highest.

Anderson, who is 6-5 without shoes, can play either shooting guard or small forward positions, possesses a solid all-around game and has impeccable character.

One other note on Anderson: He is one of the few draft prospects who doesn’t sport a tattoo.

“I guess it’s not my thing,’’ Anderson said. “I don’t want to make a big deal about it, but I like being myself.’’

Bonus shots

Kansas swingman Kelly Oubre turned down a request from the Bucks for a workout, convinced he’ll be off the board by 17. … Add Indiana to the list of teams that is open to trading its top pick. … Asked whom NBA officials have compared him to, Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said, “I’ve heard Kawhi Leonard and Bruce Bowen.’’ … Bucks general manager John Hammond and player personnel director Dave Babcock recently attended a group workout for agent Andy Miller’s clients last week in Las Vegas. Among those Hammond and Babcock observed were Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis, likely a top five pick, and Texas center Myles Turner, who could possibly slip to the Bucks. … The Lakers are expected to bring back Nebraska shooting guard Terran Petteway for a second workout. … Anderson on Tony Bennett, his coach at Virginia: “He’s the most genuine guy I’ve ever met.’’


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