2011 NBA Draft: Big East Leaders Set to Workout for Pacers on Thursday

No NameAnalyst IJune 15, 2011

There are six players scheduled to work out for the Pacers on Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse. These players don't have the name recognition like most of the players who have already worked out in Indiana, but they are potential second-round options.

Former Georgetown star Austin Freeman, and Rick Jackson of Syracuse are probably the two most notable players coming in on Thursday. Others include Old Dominion's Frank Hassell, Willie Reed of St. Louis, Billy White of San Diego State, and Mychel Thompson of Pepperdine.

Freeman, the preseason Player of the Year in the log-jammed Big East Conference, averaged 18 points, four rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game last year as a senior. He didn't miss a single game last year, even after he had been diagnosed with diabetes towards the end of his junior year.

Speaking of the powerhouse that is the Big East, Rick Jackson was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year last season, as he led the entire league in rebounding and blocked shots. He averaged over 13 points per game and was the conference leader in field goal percentage.

While these two have the potential to become second-round picks in the draft, the other four will be fighting just to hear their names called.

Hassell averaged a respectable 15 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last year for Old Dominion, while White finished up his career as the Aztec's all-time leader in field goal percentage.

Reed could be a stretch, as he was suspended for his junior season for violation of the school's code of conduct. That is not something that this organization will overlook. Thompson is the older brother of Klay Thompson, who will probably be a first-round pick. Many mock drafts have him being picked 15th by Indiana.

Thursday's workouts will be the seventh one held by the Pacers. In all, 42 players will have gone through workouts after tomorrow.