Per Adam Zagoria of the New York Times and Sports Net New York, the Clippers worked out UConn’s Terry Larrier and Villanova’s Omari Spellman on Thursday.
Larrier was only a junior at UConn and still had eligibility remaining, but graduated from school in May, so decided to leave and pursue a pro career. A 6’8 guard, Larrier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 34.1 minutes per game, shooting 39.8% from the floor and 37.8% from three (on 4.7 attempts) in his last year of college. He’s not listed on ESPN’s top 100 prospects, nor have I read much about him, so I’d guess he’s more of a Summer League roster spot type of guy.
Omari Spellman is a different matter, a freshman at Villanova who is still testing the waters on whether to stick in the draft or not. A 6’9 stretch forward, Spellman averaged 10.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 1.5 blocks in just 28 minutes per game for Villanova, the NCAA 2018 champion and the best collegiate team in the country. Spellman shot 47.6% from the floor and 43.3% from deep (on 3.8 attempts), demonstrating an ability to efficiently score even as a freshman. Spellman is 49th on ESPN’s top 100 prospects, and would probably go in the 2nd round if he stays in the draft. While Spellman can shoot and has defensive potential, he’s a bit raw, and probably wouldn’t be ready for NBA action right away.
These workouts, along with that scheduled for LiAngelo Ball, suggest that the Clippers are putting in the work on “under the radar” types, though Spellman could also be an indicator that they are looking to buy a 2nd round pick, as they did twice last year for Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell. Not much information has come out on Clippers’ workouts so far, but we will keep you updated when further news becomes available.