More prospects are coming in for Sixers

Posted: June 18, 2007

The 76ers are scheduled to visit with four draft prospects today, including Florida State forward Al Thornton and Rice perimeter shooter Morris Almond. They looked at four others Saturday morning, including Southern California's Nick Young and UCLA's Arron Afflalo, both guards.

They'll look at a bunch more later this week, including Texas A&M point guard Acie Law IV and Chinese guard Sun Yue. They might even send a contingent to California to examine Chinese big man Yi Jianlian one more time. And between now and the June 28 NBA draft, they're likely to conduct an unannounced private workout or two.

Holding Nos. 12, 21 and 30 in the first round and No. 38 in the second, president and general manager Billy Kings is scheduled to meet today with his scouting staff. Underclassmen who have not signed with agents or accepted compensation have to decide today whether to remain draft-eligible.

Who's No. 12?

It's too early for the Sixers to have anything but a wish list. Their philosophy has been to target players they prefer and devise ways to acquire them. That could be tricky this year because of the quality of players after Greg Oden and Kevin Durant go in some order to Portland and Seattle.

"One thing about this draft is, the player taken No. 3 and the player taken No. 12 could be just as good," King said. "If there's a player you want, you may not have to move up to get him, and you don't want to give up as much to get him."

King said two of the players projected to be taken in those 10 spots are not among the Sixers' top 12, meaning, "That could push two more players down to us."

King said Saturday's session, which included Georgia Tech point guard Javaris Crittenton and Fresno State forward Dominic McGuire, was "the most intense. These guys went after each other. I think all of them have a chance to be in this league."

A Southern California Web site reported that Young, a 6-6 guard, has been invited to be one of the 15 players in New York during the draft. Young and backcourt mate Gabe Pruitt, who worked out last week, were recruited to USC by then-Trojans coach and current Sixers assistant Henry Bibby.

Today's group also will include Arizona forward Marcus Williams and DePaul forward Wilson Chandler. Oregon's Aaron Brooks and Boise State's Coby Karl, son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, are scheduled for Friday, with Yue and Law.

Six shots

Willie Green underwent a 20-minute arthroscopic procedure by Dr. James Andrews Friday in Pensacola, Fla., to relieve discomfort in his right knee. Green, who missed most of 2005-06 after surgery on his left knee, could be back in 3 to 4 weeks. "Willie wanted to make sure [Andrews] got in to take a look now, so it didn't bother him during the season," King said. *

underwent a 20-minute arthroscopic procedure by Friday in Pensacola, Fla., to relieve discomfort in his right knee. Green, who missed most of 2005-06 after surgery on his left knee, could be back in 3 to 4 weeks. "Willie wanted to make sure [Andrews] got in to take a look now, so it didn't bother him during the season," King said. *

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