Pre-draft Quotables Part I: Evans, Harden
I decided to focus on the guards on Thursday, and I will spend some time with the big guys today. But here's what else Tyreke Evans and James Harden had to say. I'll come back with DeMar DeRozan, Jonny Flynn and even Maryland native Ty Lawson.
Tyreke Evans, Memphis
On his natural position: "I think in the NBA, I can play the point or the two, it depends on what the team needs. I just willing to work, whatever the coach wants me to play, I'm willing to play it. I think it's going to come down to the work I put in in the gym. Nobody is going to be able to take that from me. You have to work everyday, go in there with a hard hat on my head."
On when he decided to go pro: "After the Missouri game [a loss in the NCAA Tournament], [Memphis] Coach [John] Calipari, we sat down and talked about it. He said it was time for me to leave. He told me he talked to coaches and they said I would be a top pick."
More on playing point guard: "From playing the point guard at Memphis, I felt comfortable, getting my teammates involved, making other people better. It wouldn't matter to me. In high school, I've been playing the two all my life. Either one of them is perfect for me. I think I'm a better player with the ball in my hands. But it can be the same way as a two guard. I'm a creator, I can make plays for them."
On what players he patterns his game after: "I studied Penny Hardaway who I worked out with at Memphis. Tracy McGrady. I think I'm a Tracy McGrady-type guy. My scoring abilty, the dribble drive offense we ran at Memphis. I have confidence just to drive the ball."
James Harden, Arizona State
On the best fits for him: "There are a couple of teams. Oklahoma City is young and exciting and they have a two spot that's open. It's a great fit. Sacramento. Washington has a great chance of making the playoffs next year. There are couple of great situations that I can be in."
On the players to whom he would compare himself: "Two players - [Manu] Ginobili and Paul Pierce put together. [Someone who] can find his way to the basket, can shoot the pull up, can shoot the deep three balls. Whatever team needs."
On dealing with a bad performance in the NCAA Tournament: "I wanted to play well, it was my first tournament. I wanted to play well for myself and my teammates. It hurt me, because I figure everybody has bad games, it was just bad timing. It hurt the week after it, but now I have to move on. I took a week and a half to relax and not even think about the tournament. It was hard because this was my last game and I didn't play so well.
On his strengths: "My shooting. I'm strong. Can handle the ball, play defense. My long arms really help me out a lot. I do a couple of things well. I don't think I anything exceptionally well, that just blows your mind away, but I get the job done. I get the job done. that's all that matters."
May 29, 2009; 10:01 AM ET
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