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The Celtics held a draft workout on Wednesday with Justin Harper, Lavoy Allen, Jamie Skeen, Keith Benson, Jon Leuer, Jeremy Tyler and Frank Hassell. Matt Howard was originally scheduled for that workout but was not there for an unknown reason. The word was that Justin Harper and Lavoy Allen both played fairly well. The Hoops Report
And that's where the tremendous intrigue of Harper's game comes into focus. While the practice of evaluating international prospects with size and skill is an annual practice among NBA scouts, rare is the American college player that presents this kind of package at the high level that the Richmond senior does. While he certainly isn't on the same level as Kevin Durant, it's easy to make the argument that no college player has so closely resembled the current NBA star since he left the University of Texas four years ago. Harper has shown off an advanced skill set throughout the season, but may have only scratched the surface of what he is capable of from a skills perspective, meaning he could further impress when it comes time for individual workouts. “When I get to those individual workouts people are going to see that I'm not just a spot-up shooter, but I can score pretty effectively with my back to the basket as well,” Harper says. DraftExpress.com
Not surprisingly, Mooney who has thought of his star as a pro player since his freshman year, sees the workout setting as the place where Harper will make a massive jump in the NBA draft picture. “I think when teams get to see how fluid he is, how well he moves, how well he dribbles, just how effortless his shooting is, it's really going to impress people,” he says. “There aren't many guys his size, it's not even close, that are that fluid. It's a very rare for a player to have all of those abilities.” DraftExpress.com
The senior is averaging 17.9 points and shooting better than 56 percent from the field for the Spiders (16-5, 5-1 Atlantic 10), who host Xavier (14-5, 6-0) at noon Saturday. In league games, Harper's even better — averaging 23.7 points and shooting nearly 59 percent. NBA scouts have attended pretty much every game, and several are expected Saturday. Harper says the key for him is not to think about it and to just keep playing his game. Deseret News
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