Kaminsky, Lyles, Oubre show skills in Suns’ pre-draft audition

PHOENIX — The Suns’ pre-draft auditions on Thursday featured three players projected to be drafted somewhere in the vicinity of their 13th pick and who would seem to fit what they could be looking for: Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky, Kentucky forward Trey Lyles and Kansas wing Kelly Oubre.

Kaminsky, the national player of the year, wasn’t seen in all his glory. He was forced to take a detour for medical treatment when he was elbowed in the head by Georgetown’s Greg Whittington and required five stitches.

Kaminsky and Lyles both fit the floor-spacing "stretch four" mold that Channing Frye excelled at during his Suns’ tenure, but with different pedigrees. Kaminsky (7-feet, 231 pounds) was a game-changing superstar at Wisconsin and is 22 years old with four seasons of college play under his belt. Lyles (6-10, 241) was a job-sharing role player in his lone season at Kentucky and has yet to turn 20.

Oubre (6-6, 202) is a wing shooter who played one season at Kansas and, like Lyles, is only 19.

Despite not seeing Kaminsky play in 3-on-3 situations due to his injury, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek liked what he did see, none of which came as a surprise.

"He’s got skill," Hornacek said. "He can handle the ball, he can pass it, he can step back and shoot it. He just knows how to play the game."

Lyles also impressed Hornacek with his shooting touch.

"You’d probably get surprised at how well he can shoot the ball and how easily he shoots it," Hornacek said. "From what we saw out there, we think he’s a team guy. He’ll do whatever the coach asks him to."

Oubre brings a different skill set to the table, and while still in the early development stages, his down-the-road potential was apparent to Hornacek.

"Kelly’s still pretty skinny, but you can see his athleticism, his shot, " Hornacek said. "Maybe if your comparing guys he might not be there quite yet, but you can see in a year or two that he can get there.

"Kelly could be one of those guys that you say he’s going to be a great player and then all of a sudden he’s out on the court and he shows that you don’t have to wait two years, he does it immediately.You never know.

"It’s a dangerous combination when you have a guy who can drive the ball and he can shoot it."