Raptors on make

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:57 AM ET

Some of the biggest names in college basketball will be at the Air Canada Centre this week working out for the Raptors.

Last week, the Raptors spent two days putting eight players through their paces, including Canadian forward Juan Mendez, a standout with the Niagara University Purple Eagles last season.

But the calibre of talent will rise substantially this week as a number of college stars expected to be selected in the first round of NBA draft on June 28 will work out for the Raps.

Leading the bill today will be 6-foot-10 Pittsburgh power forward Chris Taft, who is slated to go in the top 10 in the draft. Which means that the Raps, who have the seventh and 16th selections in the first round, may be in position to take him.

Taft has impressed scouts with his size and athleticism, but his attitude has been called into question.

Other players of note heading for Toronto this week include Ray Felton, an extremely quick point guard who was one of the key players in North Carolina's title run.

The 6-foot-1 Felton averaged 12.9 points and 6.9 assists and is projected to be a top-10 pick. He will work out on Saturday.

The highest-rated college player expected to be in Toronto this week is Illinois junior Deron Williams, a point guard in the mould of New Jersey's Jason Kidd.

Williams, expected to be selected in the top five, averaged 12.5 points and 6.8 assists with Illinois.

Charlie Villanueva, a standout power forward with Connecticut, will work out on Thursday. The sophomore can play both forward spots and has a nice inside/outside game. He is expected to be a top-15 pick.

Also working out for the Raps on Saturday will be point guard Monta Ellis, who played high school ball last season.

The Raps have had 6-foot-4 Ellis on their radar screens for months.

As they were last year, the Raps are said to be looking for a big man and a point guard. The Raptors have four draft picks in total this season.


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