Draft Projection: No. 27: Denver Nuggets
Positives: Insider Only
Negatives: Insider Only
Summary: June 25 Update: The Suns can go in a lot of directions here, but adding one shooter in McLemore might not be enough. Snell has great length for his position and could give the Suns two athletic shooters on the wing.
June 24 Update: Snell is another player who has been rising on the board the past few weeks with terrific workouts and a strong performance at the draft combine. But he has his doubters, with ratings as low as 2 and 4 for our Secret NBA Draft Big Board. His draft night range is 19 to 35.
June 18 Update: Snell quietly is flying up the draft boards after a series of terrific workouts. He's in play now with Chicago, Utah, Brooklyn and Indiana. The appeal? He's a super athletic wing with NBA length and defensive abilities. He was very inconsistent at New Mexico, but I'm told numerous NBA teams love the talent. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng also are in play here.
May 20 Update: New Mexico small forward Tony Snell also appeared to make the leap this weekend from interesting prospect to potential first-round pick. He still has a long way to go as far as proving to scouts he can play with consistent effort, but the raw athletic ability and elite size for his position, combined with smooth shooting touch really improved his stock. I've heard his name as high as No. 21 to the Utah Jazz.
Mar 26 Update: Snell announced today that he was declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft. Snell is a long, athletic wing who drew a lot of NBA buzz with his terrific, lights out shooting performance in the Mountain West Conference Tournament. When Snell is on, it's easy to project him as a NBA two guard at the next level. However, his jump shot has been inconsistent his whole career as evidenced by a 1-for-6 from three shooting performance against Harvard in the an opening round loss in the NCAA tournament. He's a potential late first to second round pick if he stays in the draft.
Mar 19 Update: Snell has been on fire the last five games. If he shoots like he's done recently in the tournament, he's going to turn a lot of scouts' heads.