It’s the morning after the NBA Draft and everyone has had a little time to soak it all in. Personally, this one of the calmest drafts of the year; Deandre Ayton, the 7-1 forward from Arizona, going No. 1 to the Phoenix Suns just as everyone expected.
In other parts of Arizona, however, things were a little quieter. The Arizona State senior class, consisting of Tra Holder, Shannon Evans II and Kodi Justice, was not expected to have any names called during the draft. But that doesn’t mean you won’t still see them in the NBA next year.
All three Sun Devil seniors have been working out with NBA teams and can be expected to get their names on a summer league roster.
Tra Holder, the 6-1 guard, has visited both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns. After missing out on an invite to the NBA draft combine, a disappointed Holder knows he has a lot of work cut out for him to prove his NBA worth.
“I think I can do a very good job of distributing the ball because at the next level you’re going to have guys who can score at all three levels,” Holder told AZCentral after his first Suns workout.
During his final season at ASU, Holder averaged 18.2 points per game, the highest on the Sun Devil roster, and 4.2 rebounds per game, the highest among guards. Holder also tied James Harden for fifth-most points scored in a game on ASU’s all-time list after a 40-point game in November against Xavier.
Following his visit with the Suns, Holder took a trip back to his hometown to workout with the Lakers.
There is no word yet on any interest expressed by either team.
Shannon Evans II and Kodi Justice were also invited to a Suns workout, both doing whatever it takes to keep their career alive. After their workout, Justice told AZCentral, “I love the game. I’m a competitor. I want to keep proving people wrong (and show) I can play at the highest level. So I want to play until I can’t. Whatever it takes.”
Evans, a 6-1 guard, averaged 16.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game during his senior season, second behind Holder in total points for the season.
Justice, also a guard standing at 6-5, had 12.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds and had the highest 3-point percentage among the starting lineup.
Evans also worked out with the Los Angeles Clippers prior to his visit with the Suns.