Mavs conducting ongoing draft workouts
These are also important days because Dallas is slated to pick at No. 17, its highest spot since 2000 when the franchise made Etan Thomas the No. 12 overall pick. It's one reason why the Mavs are being extremely tight-lipped regarding the players they are bringing in. There isn't always this level of secrecy to the process. In some summers, the Mavs, typically picking in the mid-to-high 20s, have shared their schedule of workouts.
Some clubs, such as the New Orleans Hornets -- who hold the Nos. 1 and 10 picks -- have posted on the team's website daily draft workout interview videos with prospects such as today's with Baylor's Perry Jones III and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger.
The Mavs are choosing not to be so candid.
You can be sure that most if not all of the prospects that could go anywhere from No. 10 on have been through town or will be here soon. One such player who completed a workout last week with the Mavs is North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall, who ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford projected to go to Dallas at No. 17 in his latest mock draft.
Marshall tweeted about his visit to Dallas last Thursday and he also received a good-luck tweet from fellow Tar Heel and Mavs swingman Vince Carter.
Starting today on this blog, we're taking a look at the top nine prospects that could be available for the Mavs at No. 17. Marshall is on the list. The series started with Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones and continues Tuesday and all the way up to the day of the draft.
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