Landon Milbourne works out for Washington Wizards
Nearly two months removed from the completion of his college basketball career, former Maryland forward Landon Milbourne took part Thursday morning in the Washington Wizards first pre-draft workout at the Verizon Center practice court. He described his performance as "okay" and vowed to do better in future workouts now that he has a better idea of what to expect.
"When we went one-on-one, I could have did a whole lot better than I did," Milbourne said. "Just trying to get comfortable with the ball more on screen and rolls. But I think I did pretty well showing that I could handle the ball more than I did in college. That’s what I’m trying to do right now."
Milbourne -- who was listed by the Wizards at 6-foot-7, 205 pounds -- said he sees himself initially playing small forward at the next level, though he noted he "hopefully" will transition eventually into a shooting guard. Since Maryland's season ended in mid-March, Milbourne said he's been working out in the District, focussing specifically on the perimeter aspects of his game. "Lot of jump shots, lot of ball-handling, lot of running," he said.
After Milbourne graduates from Maryland on May 21, he said he will move back to his native Atlanta and continuing preparing for the draft there. Milbourne is represented by Wallace Prather of Perennial Sports and Entertainment. Prather also represents Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and former Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors, the 2009-10 ACC rookie of the year who declared for the NBA draft after one college season.
Because Milbourne has been working out in the D.C. area, he said people routinely still ask him everywhere he goes about Maryland's last-second loss to Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March.
"He was right in front of me, and that’s tough for me because every clip that I see my hand is right there," said Milbourne, referring to Spartans guard Korie Lucious, whose three-pointer at the buzzer sealed Michigan State's win. "I didn’t want to foul him. It was kind of a last-minute thing, but I just wanted to contest the shot a little bit as much as I could. It was a lucky shot. I mean, things like that, you just have a feeling that it’s supposed to happen that way."
Milbourne said it took a while to get over that defeat, but he continued to watch the tournament and was pulling for the Spartans to win the national title.
"You beat us like that, you’ve got to win the whole thing," Milbourne said. "Unfortunately, those guys didn't win."
While in D.C., Milbourne said his workout partners have included former Terrapin Lonny Baxter, former Louisville center Samardo Samuels and "a couple overseas guys" who drop in from time to time.
Milbourne said he has workouts scheduled for June 1 in Chicago and June 14 in Indiana, but "hopefully I can get a couple more."
After the 90-minute session concluded Thursday, Milbourne said he was releived to have his first workout over with. He said he couldn't fall asleep until 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Nerves woke him up three and a half hours later.
"When I was in the locker room I just couldn’t keep still," Milbourne said. "I just kept going to the bathroom, kept trying to stretch, whatever, just trying to do something. I just couldn’t stay still ... I was just excited, honestly. Excited and nervous.
"I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life and I’m just thankful to be at this point. I’m just going to try to do as much as I can to keep it going and give myself the best opportunity to get drafted."
May 13, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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