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June 9, 2008 11:43 AM
Posted by Percy Allen
The Sonics will continue with workouts this week and Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless is the headliner for the 15 players scheduled to appear.
The 19-year-old 6-3 guard is believed to be the player the Sonics will select with the fourth pick in the June 26 draft. He's a talented player touted as the second best guard in the draft behind Memphis' Derrick Rose. Rose will likely be chosen with the first or second picks.
Bayless isn't a natural point guard and some scouts believe USC's O.J. Mayo has more overall talent.
Still, Bayless seems a better fit for the Sonics. He averaged 19.7 points, 4.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 turnovers in 30 games for the Wildcats.
The Sonics will also bring in touted Indiana guard Eric Gordon, who is also a candidate for the No. 4 pick.
Bayless and Gordon are the big names, but apparently the team wants to get a good look at several center prospects. The Sonics had five centers visit on Sunday and six center are scheduled to appear this week.
The list includes: South Florida 6-9 center Kentrell Gransberry, California 6-11 center Devon Hardin, BYU 6-11 F/C Trent Plaisted, Florida 6-10 center Marreese Speights, UCLA 6-9 center Lorenzo Mata-Real, Arkansas 7-0 center Steven Hill
The Sonics will workout seven forwards this week. The list includes: Kansas 6-9 forward Darrell Arthur, Rhode Island 6-8 forward Will Daniels, 6-9 forward Luc Louves of France, Oklhaoma State 6-9 G/F Marcus Dove, Maryland 6-9 forward James Gist, Indiana 6-9 forward D.J. White and Alabama 6-9 forward Richard Hendrix
Those who made visits on Sunday were: Stanford center Brook Lopez, Boston College 6-11 center Tyrelle Blair, Sansas 6-11 center Sasha Kaun, Louisville 6-11 center David Padgett and 7-foot center Vladimir Golubovic of Serbia.
Lopez is also a possibility for the No. 4 pick, however, he's been falling in several mock drafts.
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