The Wizards announced they will be inviting the following six players for a pre-draft workout on Wednesday:
- Aaron Holiday, UCLA
- Devonte Graham, Kansas
- Mo Wagner, Michigan
- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Kansas
- Zach Thomas, Bucknell
- Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga
Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of Jrue and Justin Holiday, is currently projected to go 17th in ESPN’s latest mock draft and 25th in NBADraft.net’s mock draft. If his stock continues to rise, he could be in play for Washington with the 15th overall pick. He could fill an immediate need for the team at backup point guard, where the team currently has no one signed for the 2018-19 season.
Devonte Graham is another guard to keep an eye on in this workout. He’s currently projected to go 43rd in ESPN’s mock draft and 44th (Washington’s pick) on NBADraft.net’s mock. Graham is nearly two years older than Holiday, so there’s less upside, but he might be a little more ready to contribute right away. However, the recent track record with experienced guards coming out of Kansas (Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor, Frank Mason III) has been more down than up.
Mo Wagner could be an interesting option for the Wizards in their search for young big men. He was a big part of Michigan’s run to the title game this year and has shot over 39 percent from deep in each of the past two seasons. He fits the mold of the rangy 4-5 player the Wizards have seemed to go after a lot over the last 10 years (Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songaila, Kris Humphries, Jared Dudley, Drew Gooden, and Jason Smith all say hello).
Wagner is currently projected to go 29th in ESPN’s mock and 36th on NBADraft.net.
The last player worth keeping an eye on is Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a knockdown shooter coming out of Kansas. He’s 51st on ESPN’s mock and 38th on NBADraft.net’s mock. Washington needs some cheap shooting off the bench since Jodie Meeks will miss the first fourth of the season while serving his suspension. Mykhailiuk shot over 39 percent in each of the last three seasons for Kansas and he’s improved as a passer each season as well.