One of the first bits of draft workout news for the Chicago Bulls surfaced over the weekend, with a potential second round prospect.
Now that the offseason has officially arrived for the Chicago Bulls, they’re able to focus on building a strategy for the 2020 NBA Draft. The 2020 draft is set to take place in October now with the adjusted schedule. And the much-anticipated draft lottery will take place in late August. The draft lottery will be one of the most awaited dates of the Bulls 2020 offseason.
At this point in time, it appears that the Bulls are already planning out their draft workouts. Although, this won’t be the usual stint of prospect draft workouts in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. A lot of these workouts will he held virtually, which is at least better than nothing.
Already, there is news of the Bulls scheduling a virtual draft workout with a prospective target come October. According to a report on Twitter on June 7 from Darren Wolfson of ABC News Minneapolis, former Arizona Wildcats highly touted five-star recruit and 6-foot-11 big man Zeke Nnaji will he holding a virtual draft workout with the Bulls, among other teams.
He’s also had virtual workouts with the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. Those two other teams Nnaji held virtual workouts with are where the two biggest Bulls front office hires from the last two months came from. Executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas is the former Nuggets general manager. And new Bulls general manager Marc Eversley is the former Sixers VP of player personnel.
Moreover, Nnaji might be a potential second round draft prospect worth scouting even further than with this virtual workout. The former freshman standout out of the Arizona men’s hoops program stands at 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds.
During his freshman campaign at Arizona, Nnaji averaged 16.1 points per game, 8.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks. He shot 57.0 from the field and roughly 30.0 percent from beyond the arc, in 32 games played. Nnaji also received PAC-12 Newcomer of the Year honors along with an All PAC-12 Team honors.
The Bulls rounded up a 65-game regular season slate with a record of 22-43. They won’t be participating in the NBA’s restart plan at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, with games starting on July 31.