Suns predraft workouts begin tomorrow; on the hunt for a stretch four and point guard.
The Phoenix Suns announced their first round of predraft workouts will go from May 30 through June 1st and will include up to 36 prospects but didn’t give us a list of guys yet.
Hernandez was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and went to the University of Miami. He got declared ineligible by the NCAA his junior year and did not play the entire season. Despite all of that, he got an invite to the G-League Combine, turning heads and putting up impressive numbers. After that, he got an invite to the NBA Combine where he continued making his mark.
Before the combine, Hernandez only had 5 workouts with NBA teams and was more of a hopeful for a 2-way contract. Since then, he has had 12 NBA workouts and has solidified himself into the conversation with most teams as a late first, second round draft pick.
Since February, Hernandez has put in a lot of work, improving his game and implementing a three-point shot, something he didn’t showcase a lot of in Miami. He has increased his three-point percentage by 30 percent.
At these NBA workouts, he is striving to show that he is able to spread the floor now with his ability to shoot. He knew going into the draft that he had to show he can knock them down from long range. He averaged 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds his 2017-18 season.
Another big, Williams, was named SEC Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons and showed out in both the SEC and NCAA tournaments. He was also named first-team All-American this season.
During his three years at Tennessee, Williams made steady improvements each year, finishing his career with the Volunteers averaging 18.8 points shooting 56 percent from the field and 33 percent from three in addition to 7.5 rebounds per game. One major area of focus for him this season was his free throws. He went from a 76 percent shooter from the charity stripe last year to 82 percent this year.
If you’ve seen the 6’7” power forward play, you know he will bring it every night, displaying toughness that is unmatched and a willingness to do all the dirty work on both ends of the floor. He may be ‘undersized’ as a four but he makes up for it in his strength. He’s also an extremely smart guy who enjoys playing card games. Anything that makes him use his mind, he’s all about that. In addition, he’s a team first player and all about sacrificing for the greater good.
It looks like the Suns are focused on finding a four that can spread the floor, something they needed desperately last season. Either Hernandez or Williams will be a step in the right direction.