On Monday, June 21, Magnum Rolle (F/C, Louisiana Tech, 6’11, 225 lbs.) worked out for the Washington Wizards along with Solomon Alabi (C, Florida State, 7’1, 251 lbs.), Devan Downey (G, South Carolina, 5’9, 175 lbs.), A.J. Ogilvy (C, Vanderbilt, 6’11, 250 lbs.), Samardo Samuels (F, Louisville, 6’9, 260 lbs.) and Bobby Maze (G, Tennessee, 6’3″, 195). Read about Magnum below …
Magnum Rolle, a 6’10″ big with high athleticism and perimeter skills but with a thin frame, first worked out for the Washington Wizards on June 2nd with Jerome Dyson, Devin Ebanks and Devin Sweetney. I subsequently wrote an in-depth piece on the Bahamian’s basketball career and his prospects for the draft.
Today, he was back in Washington for a second workout, also hoping to provide a better showing for the coaching staff since his last workout with the team was hindered by a hip flexor strain.
Although he’s not currently listed in any mock drafts (wait until they get a hold of the fact that he’s worked out with the Wizards twice … which, of course, doesn’t mean much in reality), Rolle says he has “pretty high” expectations for draft night, telling the media today, “I think I’ll be gone before 45.” The Minnesota Timberwolves have the 45th pick.
Rolle says he’s worked out for 10 or 11 teams so far. Teams he has been scheduled for include the Miami Heat (2010 draft picks #18, 41, 42 & 48), Milwaukee Bucks (#15, 37 & 47), Charlotte Bobcats (no picks), New Jersey Nets (#3, 27 & 31), Phoenix Suns (#46 & 60), Oklahoma City Thunder (#21, 26 32 & 51) and Indiana Pacers (#10, 40 & 57). Magnum said he’s got one last workout scheduled with the Atlanta Hawks (picks #24 & 53).
It’s hard to say if Rolle’s draft stock is shooting up, but there are certainly plenty of teams interested. At this point, don’t be surprised if you hear his name called on draft night … I just doubt it will be to the Wizards at 30 or 35.
Post-Wizards Workout Interview (June 21, 2010):
Magnum Rolle does the “7″ Drill again (listen for Flip Saunders giving him some flack):
The “7″ Drill involves a player having to shoot jumpers from alternate elbows. The count starts at seven. If he makes a shot, the count goes down one. If he misses, he has to make a layup and the count goes up one. The drill is over when the count reaches zero. Also, between attempts from each elbow, the player must jog to the opposite sideline before moving to shoot from the other elbow.