On Memorial Day the Wizards worked out Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga), Derrick Caracter (UTEP), Raymar Morgan (Michigan State), Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State), and Devin Sweetney (Saint Francis). Darington Hobson (New Mexico) was originally scheduled but was a late scratch. Sweetney was his replacement.
From that workout, I was only able to write about Jarvis Varnado. Below are some leftover interviews of Bouldin, Morgan and Vasquez along with some pictures I took.
Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado worked out for the Washington Wizards on Memorial Day. Below is a break down of his Chicago Pre-Draft camp measurements and his Wizards post-workout interview.
Jarvis Varnado is a very soft spoken guy. In fact, I’d call him downright shy … at least in terms of his interview demeanor. He’s the anti-Omar Samhan.
Varnado is an especially intriguing prospect to me. Being a Mississippi State alum and someone who worked with the men’s basketball team while there (I left MSU in 2003, Varnado started his four years as a Bulldog in 2006), I’ve followed his career very closely.
Varnado, nicknamed “SWAT”, is most known for his defensive presence. He finished his career with 564 blocked shots, the most in NCAA history, averaging four blocks per game over career. He has natural instinct, usually not leaving his feet to gamble on pump fakes, but also has “quick hops” in his ability to recover on second and third jumps. And as many shots as he blocked, he changed and intimidated a ton more, and often against players who thought they could out-smart him by going into his body. He is an intelligent, disciplined defensive player.