It is two days before the NBA Draft and the Pistons, like every other organization, are busy putting the final touches on their game plan for Thursday. The team has three picks, including two in the second round. All eyes are on the number 8 selection overall in the first round where the team is hoping to add a player who can help right away. Bear in mind, this draft is weak and really lacks “high impact” guys at the top. Here is what I am hearing:
1. Cody Zeller is moving up. Many teams, including the Pistons, are starting too really like what he brings to the table. The Indiana big man had a very good showing at the Chicago Pre-Draft camp and his workouts have been excellent. Zeller did not disappoint in Auburn Hills on Friday from what sources tell me.
2. Ray McCallum from UDM is working out for the team today. I’ve known Ray since he and his family moved here from Bloomington in 2008 and he has really developed into a great young man. He comes from a terrific family and whichever team picks him on Thursday will not have to worry about him off the court. Ray could have returned to Calihan Hall for his senior season, but elected to go to the NBA now because he feels like he is ready. I’ve talked to some NBA scouts who do not believe Ray is a first round pick because of his inconsistent jump shot. I think he’d be a steal for a team late in the first round or for the Pistons at number 37.
3. Two players that I hope the Pistons stay away from on Thursday are Shabazz Muhammad and Ricky Ledo. This organization needs a bit of a culture change and these two kids do not fit in my opinion.
4. The Pistons are being very quiet on the Trey Burke front. There has not been a lot publicized from either camp about heavy interest or get togethers, but I know that both sides like the fit. Joe Dumars knows Trey very well and it is not like he hasn’t had conversations with him over the years. This is a game of poker. I think if Burke drops to number 8, he will be in the mix for sure. But one other guy to consider is C.J. McCollum from Lehigh. I said on the air yesterday that he fits what Dumars always looks for in a player.