The 76ers will get up-close looks this week at solid options for them in the NBA draft.
Former Purdue guard Carsen Edwards will headline the Sixers’ predraft workout Wednesday at the team facility. Then, former Belmont swingman Dylan Windler will be among the main attractions Thursday at a workout.
The two are projected to be late first-round selections.
The Sixers have the 24th overall pick and four second-round selections (Nos. 33, 34, 42, and 54) in the June 20 draft. The team wants to use the first-round pick on a player capable of playing right away in a reserve role.
Edwards could fit that profile, considering he can provide instant offense off the bench. At 5-foot-10¾, the 21-year-old will probably play point guard, another Sixers need.
“I’d love to go to Philly,” Edwards said May 16 at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. “But at the same time, it’s their decision. I just got to get one team to love me. If they love me and want me and invest in me, I’m going to give them everything I have and also try to fill in that role.”
At that time, Edwards didn’t really want to single out any NBA team, saying he was determined to be prepared for wherever he lands.
But with his makeup, he would love that role as instant-offense reserve for the Sixers, right?
“Absolutely, I would,” Edwards said with a smile. “I would love that, yeah. So just stay ready. If that opportunity comes, I got to be prepared.”
Edwards averaged career bests of 24.3 points, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals as primarily a shooting guard this past season as a junior. He also made 35.5 percent of his three-pointers.
He is lightning-quick on the ball and gets almost any shot he likes, despite being undersized.
Villanova can attest to that. Edwards finished with 42 points, making 9 of 16 three-pointers, in the Boilermakers’ 87-61 victory over the Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in March.
Joining Edwards on Wednesday will be Eric Carter (Delaware), C.J. Massinburg (Buffalo), Charles Matthews (Michigan), Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State), and Jonathan Kasibabu (Fairfield).
Thursday, former Temple point guard Shizz Alston Jr. will be among the workout participants with Windler.
Windler was one of the main reasons Belmont finished 26-5 this past season. He averaged 21.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals as a senior. The Indianapolis native made 42.9 percent of his three-pointers.
The heady sharpshooter doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. However, at 200 pounds, he needs to get stronger and improve his defense.
He struggled against the Owls in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing with five points in Belmont’s 81-70 win.