Pre-draft camp update
Before we get to hoops, a little advice: if you ever go jogging in Orlando, make sure you don't look like a cat who just did a major crime. After this morning's pre-draft camp workouts, I returned to my room, changed up and stepped out for a run. I made it around the corner near the hotel when I noticed three cop cars lined up, cherries flashing. I paid them no mind.
Hey, I live in DC.
I made it about a 1/4 of a mile when one of the cruisers pulled up along me and waived for to stop. He stopped, climbed out and asked if I had any ID. I didn't. I was jogging so no place for a wallet.
" Where do you live?" he asked.
"Washington," I said. "I'm in town for work. Staying at the Renaissance."
The cop nodded his head and took off.
I kept running. Made it about another 1/2 mile when another cruiser pulled up, flashed his lights and told me to stop.
"Show me your ID," this cop said as he got out.
"I don't have it on me. I'm running," I said, getting a little ticked off. "What's going on anyway? Why do I keep getting stopped?"
"Someone shot a police officer. We're looking for a light-skinned black male. He's wearing shorts and a t-shirt and he was last seen running in this area. You fit the description."
Me, realizing that I indeed did fit the description though I was hardly running like a guy trying to get a way from something: "Oh."
Anyway, the officer took down my name, my social and checked with the hotel that I was indeed staying there before letting me go. I think I'll stick to running in DC. Where it's safe.
On to the hoops:
-Spoke with Gilbert today. He said his left knee is about "65 percent" and he's doing more and more in the gym every week. Right now he's limited to non-contact work and he's not cutting at full speed but he feels good. He also sounds as upbeat as he's sounded since the injury.
-Wiz vice president of baskeball operations Tommy Sheppard was interviewed by the Seattle SuperSonics for their open GM spot. Sheppard, who has been with the Wizards for four years, is a darkhorse candidate but Seattle is looking for a new guy before the draft so stay tuned.
-I can confirm that the Wiz plan on working out the following draft prospects starting June 7: Colorodo State center Jason Smith, Boston College forward/center Sean Williams and Florida PG Taureen Green, who in my humble opinion has been the best player down here the last two days. Smith isn't here and neither is Williams, who was booted off the BC team this season but has intrigued NBA squads with his athletic ability, length and energy. The Wiz sure could use a 6-10 guy like that coming off their bench. I'll let you know as I confirm more workout guys.
-A couple of area products did some nice things today. Virginia Tech F Coleman Collins was 8 of 14 from the field and finished with 22 points and three rebounds in 22 minutes in his team's loss this morning. Also, Tech's Zabian Dowdell had 8 points and 6 assists in 20 minutes in his team's afternoon win. Dowdell, Collins and Virginia's JR Reynolds are projected to be taken somewhere in the second round. I particularly liked what I saw from Dowdell, who was explosive and held his own in his matchup against Florida's Green in their game this afternoon. I didn't see much of Maryland's DJ Strawberry because I was doing interviews but I'll take a closer look tomorrow.
-Green just looked like a guy who is ready for the NBA. He's super quick but always under control and though he did finish with two turnovers in 20 minutes, I don't remember him making many bad decisions. He showed a nice J, got into the paint at will and was sharp in the open floor. Basicallly, he made things easier for everyone around him and I now have a better understanding of why Florida was so good the last two seasons.
-A couple of guys who caught my eye: PG Jared Jordan or Marist is generously listed as 6-foot-2 and he looks much smaller than that but the kid can play. Jordan, who became the first Div I player since Avery Johnson to lead the country in assists two straight seasons, came off the bench to spell Green for Team 2 and ran the squad nearly as smoothly. He made 3 of 4 shots and wound up with 6 points and 5 assists in just under 20 minutes. Also, 6-foot-9 Sun Yue of China showed nice handles for a guy his size, moves well without the ball and also knocked down some outside shots, including a three-pointer at the end of the first half for Green and Jordan's team. Yue is skinny and looks younger than his listed 22 but I was intrigued.
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