NCAA Basketball: Missouri State at Creighton

Creighton's Doug McDermott shoots during the second half against Missouri State. (Dave Weaver-USA TODAY Sports / January 30, 2013)

Gar Forman didn't just get hired by Jerry Krause. He learned some tricks from "The Sleuth," at least in terms of keeping the Bulls' business private.

That's why Forman's offering at last month's NBA draft combine that the Bulls could trade one or both of their first-round picks to try to create more salary cap room was surprising.

Forman also said the Bulls could stash a draft pick overseas, as they have done with Nikola Mirotic. He even acknowledged the Bulls could "move a pick or two picks into the future."

None of this sounds like an executive prepared to add two traditional rookies to next season's Bulls. It's no secret the Bulls have offered their 16th and 19th picks in Thursday's draft in a package to virtually every team in the lottery in the hopes of moving up.

Which player represents the Bulls' preferred target remains, in a development Krause would enjoy, unknown. But even though the Bulls have been linked to point guards Shabazz Napier and Elfrid Payton and worked out big man Adreian Payne this week, the best bet remains a wing shooter.

Here, with comments based on interviews with executives who have scouted them, are five players who make sense for the Bulls:

Doug McDermott, 6-8, 218, SF, Creighton: As a four-year player, he fits the mold of players Forman and executive vice president John Paxson typically draft. His shooting ability is unquestioned. His defense and athleticism is. One executive who scouted him called fellow Creighton product Kyle Korver, to whom McDermott has drawn some comparisons, a more well-rounded player. But McDermott, who averaged 26.7 points, is more than a shooter, able to score in a variety of ways.

Nik Stauskas, 6-6, 207, SG, Michigan: As in McDermott's case, some mock drafts list him as a lottery pick so the Bulls would have to be successful in moving up to snag him. He's another knockdown shooter who connected at 44 percent from beyond the arc in his two college seasons. One scout raised concerns about his speed to get open off screens, wondering if he could develop more than a spot-up shooting game. But his fiery competitiveness seemingly fits the Bulls' culture.

Gary Harris, 6-4, 205, SG, Michigan State: He's a willing defender with a toughness and coachability about him that again would seem to fit the Bulls. One scout called him a "glue guy" who is comfortable playing a team-oriented game and lauded his ability to move the ball and make good decisions. Some question marks are his relatively small wingspan and discomfort finishing in traffic. But he fits the big-program, been-coached-hard traits the Bulls often favor.

Rodney Hood, 6-8, 208, SF, Duke: Can the Bulls really add another Blue Devils product? Beyond his ability to knock down 3-pointers, at least at the college distance, Hood can spot-up and elevate quickly off screens, said one scout who has watched him extensively. Hood isn't considered a strong rebounder, but the Bulls are strong enough in that department to survive.

James Young, 6-7, 213, SG-SF, Kentucky: At just 18, he may be too raw for the Bulls' taste after one season under John Calipari. But he also has either the dreaded or delicious upside, depending on how he pans out. A scout said his shot selection must improve, but he loves Young's release. For now, he's more of a shooter than ball-handler and driver, but, again, he's raw. Young proved in Kentucky's NCAA title-game victory that he's not skittish in big moments.