2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Meyers Leonard 'Looked Awesome' At Draft Combine

Illinois center Meyers Leonard is hoping to be a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and apparently he helped his cause by seriously impressing multiple NBA scouts and general managers at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. On Friday Leonard's measurements trumped Tyler Zeller in every respect, and ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that he really impressed people on Thursday in the workouts. According to Ford's report, multiple teams said Leonard "looked awesome out there" thanks to his excellent motor showing well in drills and his use of a better-than-expected 10-foot jumper.


Related: 2012 NBA Mock Draft Meta-Analysis: Pre-NBA Draft Combine Version

Leonard was listed as a fringe lottery pick on multiple draft sites prior to the combine, but teams are always looking for reasons to fall in love with a big man in the draft. At 20 years old and a legit seven feet, there is a good chance he will see his stock rise in the next few weeks.

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