The Toronto Raptors continued their pre-draft workouts with sessions on both Tuesday and Wednesday at the Air Canada Center’s practice facility, and among the NBA hopefuls in attendance, the latest auditions included visits from Canadians Khem Birch and Melvin Ejim.
After averaging 11.5 PPG and 10.2 RPG for UNLV in 2013-14, it was clear that Birch was ready for the big leagues. And if he slips down the draft board, the 6-foot-9 native of Montreal could be one of the biggest steals of 2014. Obviously, Birch could help Toronto on the glass, and has the necessary tools to contribute immediately.
Ejim played a critical role for Iowa State this past year and finished with 17.8 PPG and 8.4 RPG. But as a smaller forward with the size of a shooting guard in the NBA, Ejim is in a tough situation, and pro scouts aren’t convinced that his ball-handling skills and outside shot are where they need to be.
Forwards Alec Brown and Niels Giffey, as well as guards Deonte Burton and Chaz Williams were also at Wednesday’s workout, but none are currently projected to be taken higher than early in the second round. If the Raptors were to draft any of Wednesday’s hopefuls, Birch and Ejim are definitely at the top of the list.
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