Mar 26, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Xavier Thames (2) addresses the media in a press conference during practice for the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: Xavier Thames to work out for several teams


Per Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, San Diego State University guard Xavier Thames is set to work out for several NBA teams including the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks.

Thames spent four years in college, the first at Washington State followed by three years at San Diego State University. After up and down years through his first three collegiate seasons, Thames had a breakout season his senior year, averaging 17.6 points on 41 percent shooting along with 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He also posted a Player Efficiency Rating 26.5, 12.9 points higher than his previous PER high of 13.6.

During the March Madness, Thames played well enough to increase his draft stock, averaging 26 points in three tournament games.

In Draft Express’ top-100 player ranking, Thames comes in at 98, ahead of only Eric Moreland and Neils Giffey. And in their mock draft, Thames goes undrafted. Here is a description of Thames’ games based on a recent workout at Los Angeles Clippers facilities:

The San Diego State guard struggled adjusting to the NBA line with his flat jump shot, which is surprising after how well he shot the ball at the NBA Combine last week. He did, however, prove capable in the mid-range and dropped in a floater or two. Thames struggled to get by his man consistently due to his underwhelming first step, forcing him to settle for contested jump shots. Thames is likely a better player than he was able to show here.

If Thames goes undrafted, he’ll surely land on someone’s summer league team, possibly one of the teams listed above.

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