Ranking all 6 draft prospects the Timberwolves worked out by impact level

Creighton v Tennessee
Creighton v Tennessee / Mike Mulholland/GettyImages

Next up for the Minnesota Timberwolves is the NBA Draft. After Minnesota's exciting playoff run ended this past Thursday, fans of the squad will now set their sights on June 26. As it stands, the Wolves own two selections—no. 27 and 37.

The Timberwolves lack any glaring needs on the roster. As a Western Conference Finals appearance illustrated, the Wolves are a well-rounded squad. However, Minnesota does lack serviceable depth in several areas.

It must be noted that Monte Morris, Kyle Anderson, and Jordan McLaughlin are all free agents. And with an egregious cap situation on the horizon, Minnesota will likely use the draft to add multiple win-now prospects.

As evidenced by the six prospects the Wolves brought in for a draft workout, experience was a factor. All but one of the candidates mentioned above will be younger than 22 years of age by the NBA Draft.

While adding youth is always important in an ever-changing NBA landscape, we'll shift our focus to an immediate impact level. Here, all six prospects are ranked based on their plug-and-play potential.

6. Melvin Ajinca, France

The lone *young* prospect is forward Melvin Ajinca. The French swingman is 19 but will turn 20 on the draft's first day. Ajinca played this past season for Saint-Quentin BB of the LNB Pro A League in his home country of France.

The 6-foot-8 wing averaged 9.3 points per game in his first professional season. Although he's a plus athlete, he prefers to shoot it from the outside—Ajinca averaged 5.3 triples per game at a 30.9 percent clip. The allure behind the forward is his scoring potential. He wasn't the most efficient scorer, but he's flashed plenty of versatility and the utmost confidence.

5. Jonathan Mogbo, San Franscico

Jonathan Mogbo is a late bloomer of the bunch. He began his career at Independence Community College before starring at the University of San Francisco as a senior. Mogbo is an interesting talent. He measured just above 6-foot-6 at the NBA Combine but sported a monstrous 7-foot-2 wingspan.

The collegiate big man projects as a small ball five and his lack of outside shooting ability limits his positional versatility. On a positive note, Mogbo offers an exciting combination of live-dribble passing and ball handling. Furthermore, the former Don averaged 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on the defensive end.

4. Tristan Enaruna, Cleveland State

Originally enrolled at the University of Kansas, Cleveland State's Tristan Enaruna developed into a go-to scorer by his graduate season. Enaruna averaged 19.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a fifth-year senior.

Enaruna demonstrated a well-rounded offensive game sans a three-ball. He knocked down only 0.8 triples per game at a 32.2 percent clip. Although he's advanced in age, there's still quite a bit of untapped potential. The 6-foot-8 wing is athletic enough to defend multiple positions and develop as a next-level shot-creator.

3. Baylor Scheierman, Creighton

6-foot-6 guard/forward Baylor Scheierman is a Swiss army knife. The Creighton graduate enjoyed cleared several impressive marks across multiple seasons. He averaged 18.5 points and canned 3.1 3-pointers per contest as a grad senior. Scheierman averaged 9.2 boards per game in his sophomore season. As a junior, he tallied 4.5 dimes across 35 appearances.

Despite a storied college career, it's quite obvious what kind of impact Scheierman will make in the NBA. He's a great shooter and a high IQ player, yet he's held back his modest athletic profile. The wing isn't a complete dud of an athlete, but defensive limitations will limit the 23-year-old draft hopeful.

2. Ajay Mitchell, UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara's Ajay Mitchell offers the most intriguing blend of statistical output and youth of the prospects. The 21-year-old, who will be 22 by the draft, averaged 20.0 points per game on fantastic shooting splits this past season. Mitchell shot 50.4 percent from the floor, 39.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 85.8 percent from the charity stripe.

The Belgian-born point guard is a slithery driver who's proven to score effectively from all three levels on the floor. Mitchell isn't a traditional creator, he's better suited as a secondary playmaker. Yet, the 6-foot-3 guard displayed good assist numbers throughout his collegiate career.

1. Jalen Bridges, Baylor

Baylor's Jalen Bridges is an ideal 3-and-D player. Bridges played four seasons of college ball and improved in every season. In his final season, the 23-year-old averaged 12.2 points and knocked down 41.2 percent of his 3-pointers.

Bridges is reminiscent of ex-UNC forward Cameron Johnson—a fifth-year player who could potentially be selected way higher than expected due to his NBA-readiness While Johnson averaged about four more points per game, both excel as off-the-catch shooters and perimeter defenders.

Where Bridges stands out is on defense. He measured 6-foot-7 and 213 pounds with a 6-foot-10 wingspan at the NBA Combine. His defensive profile is elite, and it showed in college. Bridges routinely matched up with four positions—something he'll do frequently at the NBA-level.