San Antonio Spurs Draft

Spurs Rumors: Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez had pre-draft workout

By Rob Wolkenbrod
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 15: Desi Rodriguez #20 of the Seton Hall Pirates reacts in the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at INTRUST Arena on March 15, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 15: Desi Rodriguez #20 of the Seton Hall Pirates reacts in the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at INTRUST Arena on March 15, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Seton Hall standout Desi Rodriguez reportedly worked out for the San Antonio Spurs before the 2018 NBA Draft.

The draft process will pick up steam with the NBA Finals wrapped up. It’s less than two weeks away, and will include the San Antonio Spurs’ selections at No. 18 in the first round and No. 49 in the second round.

Before the draft arrives, teams work out players to evaluate them as potential selections. The Spurs have done this with a handful of prospects, and it seems another one already met with the team.

According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV and ZagsBlog.com, San Antonio workout Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez, a four-year forward who’s projected as a second round pick or to go undrafted. He will meet with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, along with the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers later this month.

Seton Hall's Desi Rodriguez works out for Dallas on Tuesday after Sunday's workout with San Antonio, which he told me went 'well.' "I enjoyed everything about the organization.' https://t.co/3QRtsoFd5G@desirodriguez6

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 11, 2018

Rodriguez boasted some of the best numbers of his collegiate career in 2017-18, with 17.5 points per game, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals on 49.8 percent shooting and 37.3 percent from 3-point range. He shot 47.4 percent in his time at Seton Hall.

At 6′ 6”, Rodriguez has the size of a taller shooting guard or a slightly undersized small forward, which, in the modern-day NBA, might not be so short. That’s especially with the 3-point shooting he displayed in school.

According to Zagoria, the Bronx, NY native is also “an athletic wing who can score in transition and also defend multiple positions.” Versatility has become a staple of most of the NBA’s top teams, so he could prove valuable to a team’s bench as a wing defender.

With Rodriguez’s workout already completed, he joins these draft prospects to meet with the Spurs:

  • Carsen Edwards (went back to school)
  • Donte DiVincenzo
  • Josh Okogie
  • Jontay Porter (went back to school)
  • Gary Trent Jr.
  • Miles Bridges
  • Omari Spellman

Next: 2018 NBA Mock Draft

Time has almost expired on the draft process, as teams will embark on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Thursday, June 21, for the 2018 selection show. Will any of the players San Antonio worked out be available at 18 or 49?

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