Chart: Five prospects with Minnesota connections who could get picked in the NBA draft

  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 8:05 AM

Five prospects with Minnesota connections expect — or hope — to hear their names called on Thursday night:

Mike Muscala

F-C, Bucknell, 6-11, age 21

Hometown: Roseville

Draft range: Late first round to second round

Comment: The 6-1 small forward from high school now is a fully grown NBA prospect who still has the perimeter shooting touch left over from his youth. He’s more pro power forward than center, at least until he gets stronger.

He said: “I’ve had to work hard my whole career. I’ve always been doubted, even coming into Bucknell. I suppose it’s natural coming from a small school, to be a sleeper. I like that challenge of proving people wrong. That motivates me every day.”

Trevor Mbakwe

F, Minnesota, 6-8, age 24

Hometown: St. Paul

Draft range: Second round

Comment: Scouts question his size and old age, but not the motor of a guy who made potential top 10 pick Cody Zeller look like a little boy in a game against Indiana last winter. Compares himself to undersized NBA power forwards Kenneth Faried and Jason Maxiell.

He said: “I’m not one of those guys who has to have the ball in his hands to have an impact on the game. I pride myself on my ability to rebound and defend. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m here today.”

 

Nate Wolters

G, South Dakota St., 6-5, age 22

Hometown: St. Cloud

Draft range: Late first round to second round

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