The most-hyped workout of this draft class — that of Arizona’s Deandre Ayton with the Phoenix Suns — was covered here earlier this week, but now it’s time to travel down the mocks for some Pac-12 deep dives.
Here is Arizona State guard Tra Holder, who spent his Saturday in El Segundo, Calif., working out for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 9, 2018
Holder, a Brentwood School (Los Angeles) graduate, spent four seasons at Arizona State, averaging 13.9 points and 3.5 assists per game for his career. Not coincidentally, his best season was his last, when the Sun Devils completed their most exciting campaign in years. Holder averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 2017-18. He also tied James Harden for fifth on the school’s all-time list for most points scored in a game, a 40-point explosion in a November win over Xavier.
If that statistical nugget is any indication, perhaps Holder could carry some sneaky value in this month’s draft. The guard shares other similarities with Harden, making his living from beyond the arc and finding ways to get to the free-throw line. He shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range and averaged nearly 6 free-throw attempts per game.
Even if he doesn’t end up with the Lakers, Holder at least got a great photo to frame one day in his future home.
— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) June 9, 2018