The NBA draft is nine days away, and the Charlotte Hornets will be working out six new players tomorrow. The list includes Matt Costello of Michigan State, Frank Eaves of Appalachian State, Marshall Plumlee of Duke, Angel Rodriguez of Miami, and Wayne Selden Jr. of Kansas. Five of the six players are seniors, the exception being Selden Jr., who is entering the draft after his junior year.
Of the six, the most notable is Selden Jr., who was part of Kansas' highly regarded 2013 recruiting class that included Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Selden Jr.'s first two seasons in college were roughly the same, but he took a leap forward in production and efficiency his junior season, averaging 13.8 points per game, shooting 47.4 percent from the field, and 39.2 percent from the 3-point line. At 6'5'', he has strong body frame and a long wingspan of 6'10'' that gives him enough size to play the shooting guard position, though he'd be small playing the other wing.
With Seldon Jr.'s improved shooting, he fits the mold of the type of wing player the Hornets would be interested in. His current stock has him as a 2nd round pick. It's unclear just how much potential he has -- he isn't overly athletic, but his skill set as an outside shooting and scorer gives him the opportunity to make it in the NBA as a role player.
Plumlee is another intriguing player. While he is a senior and doesn't come with a whole lot of upside, both of his older brothers, Miles and Mason, have managed to find productive roles in the NBA. Like Marshall, neither previous Plumlee drafted came with a considerable amount of hype, and yet both appear mainstays in the NBA for the foreseeable future. If the first two can make it, what's to say Marshall can as well? What's to say they aren't all androids created in a secret laboratory at Duke? (Obviously not, but it would make for one heck of a science fiction story). The youngest Plumlee has size, standing 7'1'', and is a solid rebounder and rim protector -- both qualities the Hornets will be looking for this summer. He wouldn't be the rim protector Charlotte would be looking for (that player will likely come through free agency) but he'd be another frontcourt player of that mold.
Ultimately, whether Seldon, Plumlee, or one of the others on this list catch the eye of the Hornets and are selected, it's likely they'll find themselves in the D-League with Greensboro Swarm. While there is intrigue with Selden and Plumlee, neither are the type of prospects ready to make an impact next season, and that's okay. Second round picks almost always need development, and playing for the Swarm would grant that.