HoopsHype Meyers Leonard rumors

June 28, 2012 Updates
June 27, 2012 Updates

“I don’t see us moving up,” Sixers president Rod Thorn said after watching Illinois center Meyers Leonard work out Tuesday. Meyers, who’s 7-foot-1, 245 pounds, is one of several power forwards or centers who the Sixers have worked out over the past four weeks. Delaware News Journal

June 26, 2012 Updates
June 24, 2012 Updates

Sources say the Hornets are seriously considering North Carolina 7-foot center Tyler Zeller for their 10th overall pick. Zeller worked out for the Hornets on June 4, along with Illinois center Meyers Leonard, Mississippi State power forward/center Arnett Moultrie and Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Pistons are clearly looking for a big at No. 9 and have brought in all the guys who might be available to them at that spot. Illinois' Meyers Leonard, North Carolina's Tyler Zeller, North Carolina's John Henson, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Baylor's Perry Jones and Kentucky's Terrence Jones are among those scheduled to go head-to-head in that workout. ESPN.com

Right now, sources say Leonard and Henson are the two leading candidates in the group. Sullinger has slid on the Pistons' draft board since the team saw his draft combine physical. Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie is also in the running for the No. 9 pick; however, he's more of a long shot. He worked out earlier with the Pistons. ESPN.com

Ryan Blake, the senior director of NBA scouting operations, said five players whom the Mavs could consider at No. 17 include Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross, Mississippi State power forward Arnett Moultrie, St. John's small forward Moe Harkless, Illinois center Meyers Leonard and North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall. Blake, however, believes Jones will be long gone before the Mavs make their first selection. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 23, 2012 Updates

If the contingent of the Warriors' basketball operations staff that wants to go big in the draft wins the argument, they'll choose between Tyler Zeller and Meyers Leonard. 'He’s definitely more polished in the post than me, but I think everyone knows that I have an athletic advantage over him," Leonard said of the comparison to Zeller. "He’s got some experience on me, but I think youth is an advantage for me. You can go back and forth." Sulia

June 22, 2012 Updates

The Warriors are scheduled to have two more draft prospect workouts this weekend. Saturday's workout includes Illinois center Meyers Leonard, Baylor swingman Quincy Miller and Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine. High Point's Nick Barbour and Villanova's Dominick Cheek are also part of the session. Sulia

June 19, 2012 Updates
June 17, 2012 Updates

The Suns close workouts and do not announce or comment on visiting prospects, but league sources revealed that on Saturday they hosted an impressive group of big men who are all first-round candidates. The workout featured North Carolina's John Henson and Tyler Zeller, Illinois' Meyers Leonard, Baylor's Perry Jones and Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie, as well as Vanderbilt small forward Jeffery Taylor. Arizona Republic

June 15, 2012 Updates

He's the opposite of Drummond, in that he was projected as a late first-round pick last summer and has moved up the draft chart as other big men were eliminated from NBA draft boards. Like Drummond, he has been discounted because his school had a lackluster season (17-15) and coaching issues (Bruce Weber was fired). But one NBA draft scout tagged him as "the sleeper of the draft," perhaps in more ways than one. ESPN.com

Leonard said he thought the Bucks were a realistic landing spot. "Those guys traded away Bogut," Leonard said. "You have a nice corps of guys, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. I know Tobias (Harris). He works out in Long Island where I do sometimes. "Coming in here I had some confidence and I wanted to show what I can do. Today's workout was great." Zeller said it was fun to work out on a regular basis with Leonard. They both are scheduled to be part of a workout in Phoenix later this week. "We're starting to get to know each other's games well," Zeller said. "I don't really have anything against it. I think we go to our next few workouts together, too." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 12, 2012 Updates

There have been no lottery guarantees given to Illinois sophomore center Meyers Leonard, but with the Rockets still trying to rebuild the frontcourt in the wake of Yao Ming’s retirement, one source told SN, “I can’t see him slipping past Houston with that 14th pick.” Scouts agree that Leonard was impressive at the NBA predraft combine—they knew he was big and athletic, but his ability to run the floor and step out for midrange jumpers was eye-catching, too. He is raw, but the belief is that Leonard is a fast learner. Oregonian

Illinois' Meyers Leonard may have had an enigmatic career in Champaign, but he was impressive last week in workouts. His agility and versatility on the floor and his overall aggressive play were a hit. Leonard has to interview well and he'll shoot up the draft boards. ESPN.com

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