NBA Draft: Sergey Karasev may have first-round guarantee

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Wednesday June 5th, 2013

Sergey Karasev will not work out privately for NBA teams before the draft. (Sam Forencich/National Basketball) Sergey Karasev will not work out privately for NBA teams before the draft. (Sam Forencich/National Basketball)

Sergey Karasev, one of the top international players in the NBA draft, will not work out privately for NBA teams, creating speculation he has a first-round guarantee, reports Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Karasev is headed back to Moscow until the draft, meaning teams won't be able to get a closer look at him. Though only 19 years old, Karasev is considered NBA-ready. He's a 6-foot-7 small forward and played in Russia's top professional league last season. His catch-and-shoot style should allow him to make an immediate impact.

SI.com's Chris Mannix had Karasev going No. 23 in his Mock Draft 2.0.

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