This year's NBA Draft is poised to be an unprecedented one. The current coronavirus-induced pause on the league's calendar has thrown pretty much everything into flux, including but not limited to the pre-draft process.
A fresh set of guidelines distributed by the NBA in April afforded teams allotments of virtual meeting time with prospects and prohibited observing live workouts remotely. The league has also already postponed the NBA Lottery and Combine - both previously scheduled to take place in Chicago in May - with a reported league-wide push to postpone the draft date (for now, June 25) bubbling.
Teams can and should be starting their homework in some capacity for the time being. The Bulls, for their part, have virtually met with at least one potential prospect: Mac McClung of Georgetown, according to a report by Ben Standig of The Athletic.
For fans anxious to speculate on who the Bulls might select with their projected top-10 first-round draft choice (or even second-rounder), this is no nuclear headline. McClung, who averaged 15.7 points and 2.4 assists on uninspiring efficiency while battling injuries in his sophomore season, projects in the undrafted free agent/G League flier strata of prospects.
Still, it shows the ball is rolling for the Bulls on the draft front, a point that should register as encouraging. Of the organization's recent spate of front office hires, Arturas Karnisovas (EVP of basketball ops), Marc Eversley (GM) and Pat Connelly (VP of player personnel) all come with sterling reputations as talent evaluators, so the route they take in this year's draft - given the dearth of widely agreed upon superstar prospects - will be interesting to watch.
Report: Bulls met virtually with NBA Draft prospect Mac McClung originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago