VCU guard Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland and Virginia guard Trey Murphy III were among six prospects on Saturday to workout with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced.
Hyland was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year last season after averaging a league-high 19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He scored 30 or more points on three occasions last season and was in double figures in 22 of 23 contests.
Meanwhile, Murphy averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25 games last season. He shot 50.3% from the field and 43.3% from 3-point range, ranking seventh among all ACC players in 3-pointers made (2.1) per game.
In addition to Hyland and Murphy, the Lakers also brought in Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves, Stanford forward Oscar Da Silva, Michigan guard Chaundee Brown Jr. and NC State forward DJ Funderburk.
Los Angeles enters the draft with just one current pick, the 22nd overall selection. Certainly, Hyland and Murphy project to be available in their range and could be potential options to consider when they are on the clock on July 29.
The Lakers have been heavily linked to guards in mock drafts, which would help add depth to the backcourt. The future of Dennis Schroder in L.A. is not certain and they could elect to take a guard as some insurance in case they cannot come to terms with him in free agency.
In any case, it will certainly be worth watching how the Lakers handle the draft as they look to regroup following an early first-round exit in the playoffs this year.
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