This past Saturday during the 2017 NBA G League draft, the Grand Rapids Drive, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, selected four players.

With their first round pick, the 13th overall, the Drive selected Malcolm Bernard, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard from Xavier University. In 38 games during the 2016-17 season with Xavier, Bernard averaged 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Bernard, who started 35 games during his final year, also had 10 double-figure scoring games, including a Xavier career-high 15 points (all in the second half) in the NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Arizona on March 23, 2017.

Bernard started his collegiate career at Charleston Southern, spending his first two seasons playing for the Buccaneers in the Big South Conference. Bernard averaged under 4.0 points in 52 games before sitting out a year while transferring to Florida A&M of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. There he averaged 14.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 28 games, 26 of which he started. Bernard went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft making him an Unrestricted FA.

With the 31st selection (2nd round), the Drive selected Wesley Da Silva from Brazil. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound forward from Mogi Guacu has a 6-foot-10 wingspan, big hands and exceptional athletic ability. While he needs some development in his overall game, Da Silva is a surprisingly good shooter when his feet are set. His pull-up jumper needs some work. He’s going to need to work on his weight, he’s slender for a wing forward. Da Silva should see considerable growth if he stays with Grand Rapids, as he hasn’t been very active on the floor during games as his Brazilian team seeks titles over development. See his highlights from the 2015-16 season from Un1ty Sports (below).

In the third round, Grand Rapids took Danrad Knowles out of the University of Houston with the 65th pick. Once considered the top mid major recruit in the country, “Chicken” ranked #68 in the class of 2012 by ESPN and was considered a steal for the Cougars and coach Kelvin Sampson. The 6-foot-10, 195-pound forward “is what he is, not what you want him to be” said coach Sampson. Knowles averaged 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds over his four-year career at Houston, where he holds the school record for games played (136) and conference games played (72). He was born in Nassau, Bahamas. Look for the Drive to add some weight to his frame as he’ll need it in the G League.  

 

 


 

Below is the list of players selected by the Drive in the 2017 NBA G League Draft:

2017 NBA G League Draft Picks

ROUND

# PICK

OVERALL

NAME

POS

HT

WT

D.O.B

SCHOOL

 

1

13

13

Malcolm Bernard

G

6’5

205

1/31/94

Xavier University

 

2

5

31

Wesley Da Silva

F

6”6

195

5/2/96

Mogi Guacu, Brazil

 

3

13

65

Danrad“Chicken”Knowles

F/C

6’10

179

11/2/92

University of Houston

 

4

13

91

Derrick Wilson

G

6’1

216

1/29/92

Marquette University