Okaro White knows the drill: NBA teams aren’t willing to give up too much.
But the former Florida State forward has worked out for a half-dozen NBA teams, including the Orlando Magic, and he has received plenty of positive feedback in advance of tonight’s two-round draft (ESPN, 7 p.m.).
“They are really secretive,” White said. “They don’t want things to get out. But Detroit and Memphis — they showed probably the most interest. And Orlando really was impressed with the way I shot the ball.”
It’s not a huge nugget of news, but on the day of the NBA Draft, it’s hard to believe anything that comes out of anyone’s mouth — well, except from a player’s mouth.
White isn’t the most glamorous prospect, but he was a solid player at Florida State this year. He’s got decent size at 6-foot-9, and he’s an explosive athlete who can shoot the ball a bit (38 percent from 3-point range in 2013-14).
The issue I have with White and any potential interest the Pistons have in him is that he doesn’t really fit. Tony Mitchell, while farrrrr from a finished product, is an eerily similar player.
The Pistons have bigger needs at No. 38 tonight than another big forward, but it’s good to see that Stan Van Gundy and Co. are looking at a variety of players at a variety of positions.