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With the NBA draft under three weeks away, the Nuggets plan to bring in three projected first-round picks Monday and Tuesday for pre-draft workouts.
Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop will work out for the Nuggets Monday morning. UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday and French point guard Elie Okobo, who played for Pau-Orthez in France’s top league last season, will work out for the team Tuesday.
Keita Bates-Diop is projected to go 20th overall to the Timberwolves in ESPN’s latest mock draft released Wednesday. Holiday, who’s slotted 17th to the Bucks, will be the highest-projected prospect that Denver has brought in for a workout. Okobo, who’s projected to go 21st, has been rocketing up draft boards, according ESPN. Bates-Diop and Holiday are projected to go 20th and 19th respectively in BSN Denver’s mock draft released Friday.
Bates-Diop, 22, averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last year for Ohio State. The 6-foot-7 forward shot an impressive 35.9 percent from three-point range on 5.4 attempts per game during his senior season. He’s a versatile forward who’s slightly undersized to play the four but has an impressive 7-foot-3 wingspan.
Holiday, 21, is a pure point guard out of UCLA who averaged 20.3 points for the Bruins last season on 46.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from three. Holiday checks in at just 6-foot-1 but boasts a 6-foot-7 3/4 wingspan and has shined as a defender at times.
Okobo, 20, averaged 13.8 points and 4.7 assists in France’s Pro A League last season. The 6-foot-2 point guard shot roughly 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from three.
University of Colorado forward George King, who’s reportedly climbed draft boards after solid showings at April’s Portsmouth Invitational and May’s NBA Draft Combine, will also workout for the Nuggets on Monday. King is projected to go either in the second round or undrafted on June 21st.
The Nuggets currently hold the 14th, 43rd and 58th overall selections in the draft.
Here’s the full list of participants on both Monday and Tuesday: