The Wizards Are Working Out WHO? June 6 Pre-NBA Draft Workout Capsules (& June 5 Video)
[Ed. Note: Below you will find A) a video from Wednesday’s pre-draft workouts produced by Sholape Oriola for TAI; and B) brief capsules on who worked out for the Wizards today, June 6, by TAI’s Conor Dirks. —KW]
June 5 Wizards Pre-Draft Workout Video
June 6 Wizards Pre-Draft Workout Capsules
(by Conor Dirks)
The pre-NBA draft workouts roll on, and today, the Wizards bring in several more prospects in order to test their mettle, skill and athleticism on the court of basketballs.
- Keion Bell, 6-foot-4 guard from Missouri, who once dunked over six people, and who transferred to Missouri after three seasons at Pepperdine. He’s an incredible athlete, but his scoring took a deep dip, from over 18 points per game in his sophomore and junior seasons at Pepperdine to 10.7 points per game at Mizzou.
- Laurence Bowers, 6-foot-8 forward from Missouri, who actually earned his undergraduate degree (in sociology) after sitting out the 2011-12 season, and played this past season while working towards the highly sought after MHEP degree (Masters in Health Education & Promotion). He made the Big 12 All-Defensive team and received an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2011.
- D.J. Seeley, 6-foot-4 guard from Cal State Fullerton, who blossomed after transferring from Cal and whose shooting percentage went up between each of his seasons playing in the NCAA: 33.3% to 36.2% to 43.9% and, finally, to 47.2% in his senior season.
- James Southerland, 6-foot-8 forward from Syracuse, who is a really, really good 3-point shooter, despite his poor showing in the Final Four game against Michigan, where he went 1-for-5 from behind the arc. He’s been on the workout circuit, auditioning for the Clippers on June 3rd.
- DeShaun Thomas, 6-foot-7 forward from Ohio State, who refused to give the Spurs his phone number seemingly out of some dubious notion that “playing hard to get” would make the team more likely to draft him. Fortunately, his contact information chastity wasn’t broad enough to prevent him from disseminating his email address, and so in the event he is drafted, we can see a video of him waiting patiently under lamplight, tapping his feet, and then receiving the most important “You’ve Got Mail” since Meg Ryan got hers from Tom Hanks.
- Khalif Wyatt, 6-foot-4 guard from Temple, who made the third-most free throws in the NCAA this season while putting up big scoring totals against some of the nation’s best. In the round of 32 contest against Indiana in this year’s NCAA tournament, Wyatt took twice as many shots (24) as Scootie Randall (12), and scored 31 points. In fact, if Scootie had hit any shots (he was 0-for-12), Wyatt may very well have been the hero in a huge upset. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. But don’t think Ernie’s sleeping on anything, or anyone, that can be described as a “what if.” He sees you, Khalif Wyatt.
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