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If mock drafts are on target, the most marquee prospect at Zions Bank Basketball Center was Baylor forward Johnathan Motley, who many project will be taken in the early to mid-second round. Motley was joined by Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, Houston wing Damyean Dotson, North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks, La Salle guard Jordan Price and Southeast Missouri State wing Antonius Cleveland. “It was great,” Motley said of how he felt the workout went. “Played with a lot of energy, played good defensively and shot the ball well during the workout. I think I did pretty good.”
Motley knows what he needs to work on in order to become a skilled, athletic four at the NBA level. Baylor is a system that takes an unpolished big man like Motley, bulks him up, and then gives him the freedom to succeed. The success of bigs is built into the program, Motley said. But Motley’s outside shooting needs to become more consistent. He models his game after Paul Millsap, a down-and-dirty power forward who simply outworks his opponents, but he knows that shooting 24.5 percent from 3-point range like he did at Baylor with limited attempts — only 49 3-point attempts over three seasons — isn’t going to cut it in the NBA. “I have a really good, pure stroke — I just got to be sure I shoot it the same way every time,” Motley said. “For me it’s just repetition. Getting my muscles to remember the exact way to do it every time. It’s putting in the work.”
The Pacers will hold their sixth pre-draft workout in anticipation of the 2017 NBA Draft on Tuesday, June 6. The six players scheduled to participate in Tuesday’s workout are Antonio Blakeney (LSU), Isaac Hamilton (UCLA), Zak Irvin (Michigan), Naz Long (Iowa State), Johnathan Motley (Baylor), and Rashawn Thomas (Texas A&M-CC).