The Suns will pick near the top (No. 5), middle (No. 30) and end (No. 57) of the NBA draft.

That has meant working out a wide range of draft prospects for consideration at those three spots. The net gets cast even wider when it comes to the possibility of trading elsewhere into the June 27 draft or signing undrafted free agents.

The star of Saturday’s visiting draft workout group exemplifies that. Pittsburgh 19-year-old center Steven Adams will be long gone at No. 30 and has not worked out for any team ahead of Phoenix’s No. 5 but for Cleveland, which did it for its pick at No. 19.

“He’s in the mix for five,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said of Adams. “We’ve talked to different teams about getting in at different stages in the draft. If I were to guess, at the end of the day, he’d probably end up somewhere in the top of the first round. We have one pick there and maybe we’ll be able to get some more.”

Adams, 7 feet and 255 pounds, worked out against Missouri senior Alex Oriakhi, who is 6-9 and 258 pounds, in a group that also included point guards Lorenzo Brown of North Carolina State, Myck Kabongo of Texas and Brandon Paul of Illinois and Bucknell power forward Mike Muscala.

Adams said a year at Pittsburgh helped develop his offense from when he played in New Zealand against competition that is “your size.” He is NBA top-15 draft material because of his size and athleticism despite averaging 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks at Pitt.

“He’s still raw, but there’s a lot to work with there,” McDonough said.

Adams is often called a project, but Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said Adams’ ability to switch onto guards defensively and his feel for the game mean he could contribute immediately. Adams said he has tried to focus on his strengths — defense and rebounding — in workouts and tries to emulate the play of Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, a top shot-blocker that developed a perimeter shot.

“What I mainly look for is different centers to see what works for them,” Adams said. “Marc Gasol’s the man. Oh, my God. He’s just real skillful.”

Brown looks like a candidate at No. 30, even though his junior year was a step back from his strong sophomore finish. Brown and Paul are long-armed, athletic scoring point guards. McDonough said Brown is more of a shifty player who can make plays over a defense while Paul has strength he uses well on defense.

Suns point guard Kendall Marshall watched the Saturday workout with a trio of point guards, including Kabongo. McDonough scouted Kabongo live in one of the 11 games he played last season at Texas after a 23-game NCAA suspension for impermissible benefits and lying to investigators.

“When you’re looking for a point guard that you want to run an uptempo offense, you want a point guard who can keep going and going and going,” Hornacek said. “When other guys are tired, that guy keeps going.”