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The Charlotte Hornets are holding their first round of pre-draft workouts on Thursday. The six players slated to attend including prospect Diamond Stone and several other players who likely will end up on Summer League and D-League rosters in 2016-17.

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On Wednesday, the Charlotte Hornets announced the first group of players, six total, that will be having a workout with the team on Thursday. After having a pick in the top 10 last season, where the Hornets selected Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte rode a wave of success in the second half of the season right into the playoffs and out of the lottery.

Still, the Hornets have some potential holes to fill once free agency hits and will need to make the best possible use of the No. 22 pick in the 2016 draft. While many mock drafts have Charlotte selecting Brice Johnson with their first round pick, Johnson is not among the first wave of players who will be working out with the team. Instead, the workout will feature Diamond Stone and five other players projected outside the top 60.

Diamond Stone (Maryland)

Stone is easily the biggest name on this list and only player ranked higher than 100 on the CBSSports Draft Prospect Rankings by Sam Vecenie. The big man was the 2016 Associated Press Big Ten Newcomer of the Year and a member of the All-Big Ten Third Team.

He averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game as a freshman. At 6'11" and 255 lbs. he already has a solid frame and has shown some ability on the defensive end of the court where he picked up 55 blocks and 18 steals in 35 games.

At the combine, he was actually measured with a shorter wingspan (7'2.75") and standing reach (9'0.5") than at his last few measurements in 2013 and 2014 with USA Basketball. Like all big men, he doesn't get far off the floor, but still has some hops with a standing vertical of 27.0".

Stone is projected as an early-second round pick. Charlotte currently has just the one pick in the draft and likely wouldn't reach for Stone, but it could create some interesting storylines if they added another Wisconsinite to their roster, joining Kaminsky. Stone would also be an intriguing high-upside project. If the Hornets are sold on the Zeller-Kaminsky front court and drafted a player like Diamond Stone, it would seem to signal that they intend to move on from Al Jefferson.

Montay Brandon (Florida State)

Brandon isn't a ranked prospect and might be guy they are bringing in more for a potential D-League tryout and because of proximity as a native of North Carolina.

After a strong junior season, Brandon took a big step back as a senior. He played 1,142 minutes over 33 games, scoring 11.8 points in 2014-15. Those numbers took a sharp downturn in 2015-16, where he averaged just 3.3 points and took just 7 3-point attempts the entire season.

He does have some intriguing size for a guard at 6'9", but that size alone isn't likely to help Brandon, who averaged just 1.0 assist per game as a senior, find his way onto an NBA roster and definitely not as the only pick for the Hornets in the 2016 draft.

Retin Obasohan (Alabama)

Obasohan is a European import who played one season in the SEC, but is already 22-years-old. His age probably suppresses his upside, but he barely cracks the list at No. 145. Obasohan may try for the D-League, but could probably make a nice career for himself if he ventured back to Europe.

The 6'2" guard isn't without his upside. Being older when compared to most NCAA freshman, Obasohan lead all SEC guards in scoring in 2015-16 with 17.6 points per game. He earned All-SEC First Team honors from coaches and All-SEC Second Team from the Associated Press in 2016. He also flashed a bit of two-way skills by making the All-SEC Defensive Team to go with his scoring ability.

Goodluck Okonobh (UNLV)

Goodluck will need a lot of just that to find himself selected on draft night. Okonoboh is currently not ranked in the top 150 draft prospects. However, Okonoboh is likely hurt due to missing a large portion of his sophomore season, playing just six games.

Okonoboh's skill set is definitely based around his defensive ability. As a rookie, he was named to the 2015 All-Mountain West Conference Defensive Team. In his freshman campaign, the 6'10" power forward/center combo player swatted 90 shots in 31 games.

His offensive ability is particularly limited. He shoots 34.1 percent on free throws and does most of his damage from very close to the rim. When he isn't putting up bricks, he is grabbing the rebounds. He rebounds at about the rate he scores points and might find a home somewhere in the D-League with Brandon.

Tim Quarterman (LSU)

Draft Express is much higher on Quarterman than his No. 100 ranking at CBSSports. However, Quarterman has been on a bit of a free fall from potential first round pick to sliding out of the top 60 and possibly right out of the draft altogether.

Playing for LSU in the shadow of Ben Simmons this season, the 6'6" guard averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 28.8 minutes. His numbers were solid, but failed to wow a lot of scouts who project him as a low-ceiling point/shooting guard combo at the pro level.

Like the rest of the players who are participating in this workout, Quarterman would be a reach. Or perhaps he might not be. He doesn't show a great deal of promise, but could replace some of the pop off the bench of Jeremy Lindoesn't re-sign. Also, at 6'6" he isn't a perfect physical fit at small forward, but he could possibly fill in there if his 3-point shooting continues to improve. Despite not taking a big step forward as a junior in most major categories, he shot 34.3 percent from deep which was easily his most accurate collegiate season.

Adam Smith (Georgia Tech)

Smith was a bit nomadic in college. The Georgia native started his collegiate ball at UNC-Wilmington before transferring to Virginia Tech and then finishing up his career as a senior at Georgia Tech.

As a guard, he averaged 15.0 points per game as a senior in 30.4 minutes per game. He also shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range, which was actually one percent worse than his junior year. Overall, between three schools and four seasons, he was a career 39.1 percent shooter from deep.

Because of NCAA rules, he did sit out a year between transferring from UNCW to VT and played the full four years of college. As such, he suffers in draft ranking because he is probably presumed to be at or near his full potential and development.

Unless one of these athletes has a really stand out session, it is unlikely that any of these players are drafted by the Hornets. Most of these players will be available after the draft and figure to fill out rosters for summer squads and maybe the D-League when the 2016-17 season gets rolling.