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During the last few days, the Thunder have been associated with several draft prospects in relation to the late 2nd round picks that Sam Presti is likely to choose from during the impending Summer.
The names that have been involved: LiAngelo Ball, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Carsen Edwards, Yoeli Childs, Jordan Caroline, and Wenyen Gabriel.
Of course OKC has also held interviews with Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young, however those meetings don't mean much right now.
Sam Presti is notorious for doing things that are unexpected and as Jacob (ThunderMob405) will tell you, if it's been talked about publicly, it likely means the plans involving OKC have already fallen through--- The Thunder are one of the most closed off franchises in the Association. Let's take a look at the slate of workout participants so far:
LiAngelo Ball, Forward, 6'5 (Lithuania): In 14 games, he averaged 12.6 PPG (42% from 3), 3 Rebounds, and posted a .425 FG%.
Caleb Martin, Forward, 6'7 (Nevada-transfer from NC State): In 36 games, he averaged 19 PPG (40% from 3), 5 Rebounds, posted a .454 FG% and also claimed the MWC Player of the Year Award.
Cody Martin, Forward, 6'7 (Nevada- transfer from NC State, brother of Caleb): In 36 games, he averaged 14 PPG (29% from 3), 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists, and posted a .516 FG%.
Carsen Edwards, Guard, 6'1 (Purdue): In 37 games, he averaged 19 PPG (41% from 3), 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists, and posted a .458 FG%.
Yoeli Childs, Forward, 6'8 (BYU): In 35 games, he averaged 18 PPG (31% from 3 on few attempts), 9 Rebounds, 2 Assists, and posted a .541 FG%.
Jordan Caroline, Guard-Forward, 6'7 (Nevada- transfer from S. Illinois): In 36 games, he averaged 18 PPG (32% from 3), 9 Rebounds, 2 Assists, and posted a .474 FG%.
Wenyen Gabriel, Forward, 6'9 (Kentucky): In 37 games, he averaged 7 PPG (40% from 3), 5 Rebounds, and posted a .442 FG%.
Of course, this is not near any complete list of names that Presti has his eye on, but they are the names that are currently public and receiving attention from OKC. Besides scouting more players that attended The University of Nevada, there appears to be an undoubted trend in the players that the Thunder are targeting. There will be more names to come as the Summer approaches.