Mar 22, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith (2) drives to the basket against the Saint Louis Billikens in the first half of a men

Pacers to Work Out Six Including Smith, Sheehey


The Indiana Pacers wrapped up a nice workout of six NBA Draft prospects yesterday afternoon, and they will welcome six more players to the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse later today. Those players will be Will Sheehey, Russ Smith, Kendall Williams, Xavier Thames, Deandre Daniels, and Davion Berry. Both Sheehey and Smith will make quite a few local fans very excited, and both players could be available when the Pacers pick comes around at #57.

Sheehey played in 31 games with the Indiana Hoosiers this past season, averaging 11.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He isn’t currently expected to get drafted, but he does have the type of energy that the Pacers like to see from their bench players. That being said, he likely won’t be the option that the Pacers take when they’re on the clock in the second round.

Smith would make a lot of sense for the Pacers as a scorer off of the bench, and had a nice season with Louisville last year. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game, and really stepped up as a leader on the court as well. The Pacers definitely could use a spark off of the bench scoring-wise, and that is exactly what Smith could add if Indiana did decide to draft him.

Daniels would be another extremely intriguing option, but he might not be around when the Pacers pick in the second round. He really picked up his game for the UConn Huskies in the NCAA Tournament, and averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game on the season. Thames averaged 17.6 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game in his senior season at San Diego State, while Williams averaged 16.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game in his senior year at New Mexico. The final player that will work out today is Berry, who averaged 19.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his senior year at Weber State.

Overall, all six of these players are intriguing prospects that the Pacers could look at in the late second round. They are all players who would play the guard position with the Pacers, and all of them add different aspects of scoring. Sheehey likely won’t be seriously considered unless he blows the Pacers’ front office personnel away with a stellar performance in his workout.


Tags: Davion Berry Deandre Daniels Indiana Pacers Kendall Williams NBA Draft Russ Smith Will Sheehey Xavier Thames