Bulls predraft workouts continued Tuesday with six players. The most notable was Wake Forest point guard Jeff Teague, who has a good chance of going higher than No. 16 in the first round.
Others at the Berto Center’s all-guard workout were VCU’s Eric Maynor, Florida’s Nick Calathes, 5-8 David Holston from Chicago State, Southern Illinois’ Bryan Mullins and Iowa State’s Tasheed Carr.
It's interesting that so many guards from ACC country are vying for spots in the first round, such as Teague, Maynor (not the ACC, but the same region), North Carolina’s Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, along with Duke’s Gerald Henderson. Florida State’s Toney Douglas could probably join that group.
“Last year, the college game was a guard game,” Teague said at the Berto. “Most of the good players in college were guards. We all knew it was going to be a heavy guard draft. I think we’re all really good players and all have a chance to do well in this league.”
Teague has a number of impressive dunks on his resume, even though he stands just 6-1 ½ in shoes. He averaged 18.8 points and 3.5 assists at Wake Forest last season, so I asked him which guard spot is his preference.
“I’m a point guard,” Teague said. “In college, I had to be a scoring guard because my team looked at me to score points. But my main position is point guard. I love to make the nice pass and throw the alley-oop dunk and things like that. That’s my kind of game.”
BULLS MAKE NO PROMISE
Internet rumors are suggesting the Bulls may have made a promise to select Ohio State center B.J. Mullens at No. 16. They could end up picking Mullens, but the Bulls have made no promise to the 7-1 center, who had a disappointing freshman season at Ohio State.
I’m sticking with my prediction in Monday’s column -- Louisville shooting guard Terrence Williams will be the Bulls’ pick if he’s there at 16. If not, they’ll probably go big and Mullens’ height could give him an edge over guys like Pitt’s DeJuan Blair and Wake Forest’s James Johnson.
The NBA released a list of 55 players who withdrew from the draft. Most of these have already been made public. But a few notables were Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody, Texas’ Damion James, Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal, Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds and Tennessee’s Tyler Smith.
Three in-state players are on the list – Northern Illinois’ Darion Anderson, Illinois State’s Osiris Eldridge and DePaul’s Mac Koshwal.