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Pre-draft workouts

The Wizards are scheduled to conduct six pre-draft workouts tomorrow.

From the team's news release:

Damian Hollis, F, George Washington, 6'8, 215 lbs.
* Averaged 13.9 points and 4.9 rebounds during his senior season at George Washington.
* Scored a career-high 30 points vs. VCU (3/16).

Dominique Jones, G, South Florida, 6'4, 205 lbs.
* Averaged 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists during his junior season (09-10) at South Florida.
* Scored a career-high 46 points at Providence (1/23), which ranks as the second-most points scored in a regular season game by a Big East player.

Landon Milbourne, F, Maryland, 6'7 205 lbs.
* Averaged 12.7 points and 4.9 rebounds during his senior season at Maryland.
* Finished second in scoring for the Terrapins during the 2009-10 season.

Hamady N'Diaye, C, Rutgers, 6'11, 235 lbs.
* Averaged 9.4 points and 7.1 rebounds during his senior season at Rutgers.
* Ranked fourth in the NCAA during the 2009-10 season with 4.5 blocks per game.

Omar Samhan, C, St. Mary's, 6'11, 265 lbs.
* Averaged 21.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game during his senior season at St. Mary's.
* Was named 2010 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and named to the 2010 All-WCC First Team.

Donald Sloan, G, Texas A&M, 6'3, 205 lbs.
* Averaged 17.8 points and 3.6 rebounds during his senior season at Texas A&M.
* Was named to the 2009-10 All-Big 12 First Team.

By Alexa Steele  |  May 12, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
 
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Nice! Nice to see Samhan on the list.

Posted by: ts35 | May 12, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Here's my pre draft prediction.

Whoever the Wizzies get with their #1, #2 and #3.
Somebody on this blog is gonna be unhappy because we didn't draft someone else.

Let the games begin.

Posted by: VBFan | May 12, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Here is a wild location for Lebron James: Washington Wizards

Yes, mostly unlikely but here are some reasons why it could be a good idea:

· They possibly have a very good young nuclease to
o They could end up with a very good draft pick in this year’s draft
o Andre Blatche is developing into an all star and is still young
o If Gilbert comes back, he will work hard to be good again. Maybe not as good as before but I believe he will work hard to do it.
§ Maybe he could re-work his contract
o Javale Magee – He may never be an all star but with more experience and weight, he can be an above average center
o Plus they do have young an upcoming role players
· They have Flip Saunders
· The new owner is an awesome owner
· It is the Nation’s Capital
· Great marketing with the Best Hockey player

Overall, it is not New York or Chicago, if winning is his number 1 concern, coming to DC could get him there quicker and other choices.

Why Not…

Posted by: chris_concert | May 12, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you see last night's game? LeBron sucks.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 12, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Samhan and Dominique Jones are both intriguing to me with our later picks.


Yeah , it's doubtful LeBron would come here, but I don't know why DC is never even brought as a consideration. As you point it's not NY or Chicago but it has some benefits...

Arenas could be heck of a 2nd fiddle, with his ability to drive and dish to LeBron, and ability to nail the 3 when LeBron is doubled. Blatche, Thornton, guys like Miller and Foye, maybe Livingston, that's not a bad supporting cast. Throw in a high draft pick, and young guys like McGee and Young. A proven coach in Flip Saunders.

We have the cap room. An exciting new owner. The nation's capital with the popular Obama, the NHL MVP, nice areas to live, go out on the town, clubs etc.

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 12, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

It's likely that Monroe will be available when Les BouleS turn comes.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 12, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

The worst pick they can have is the 8th pick, so knowing the Wiz like we all do there is a 99% chance we will get the 7th or 8th pick. I think Wall, Turner, Cousins, Favors and Wes Johnson are locks for the top 5. Therefore I see the Wiz drafting either, Ed Davis, Al Farq Aminu, or Greg Monroe, whoever falls to them at #8.

And lets go Celtics, the worse the Cavs do the higher our draft pick is. If they lose we get the 22nd pick.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 12, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I take that back we get the 30th pick my bad.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 12, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

"Landon Milbourne, F, Maryland, 6'7 205 lbs"

Umm, no.

Terrible shot selection, can't make open shots.

I don't usually blame one guy in a loss, but against Michigan State he was just plain HORRID!

He's really not that good, please pass on this guy.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 12, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI on these guys:

Hamady N'Diaye: 6'10.5" without shoes, 233lbs. Wingspan 7'6", reach 9'3".

Landon Milbourne: 6'5.25" w/o shoes, 208lbs, 6'9.25" wingspan, 8'5.5" reach.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 12, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Of the players listed in this article, the best prospect is Dominique Jones -- junior, strong body, shot creator, goes to the FT line, plays defense, slotted to go very late first/ early second.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 12, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Reason one why Lebron to DC is never brought up.

We won one playoff series in the past 30 years.

Do we need to mention anything else?

Posted by: dcinmd1 | May 12, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

we already have a 7-foot 235 pound center. i like him, but why would we want another one? monroe doesn't intrigue me, but he does know the game... and might be eminently serviceable with teammates that can take pressure off his having to be a top scorer. i see him playing a role similiar to that of lamar odom.

Posted by: dcjazzman | May 12, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Evan Turner, and no one else. not john wall, not cousins. if they can't get Turner, patterson.

Posted by: whomp1 | May 12, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Landon's got a huge upside. Could be a fantastic defensive stopper and a three point specialist like Bruce Bowen or Ron Artest. Such a guy will be important in defending a force like LeBron in the future. Jones is good, but offense isn't really this team's problem. Go defense and uptapped potential. Landon is the guy in the early second round. He could be a big surprise.

Posted by: charles20001 | May 12, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I totally agree with you whomp1 I really want Evan Turner. Man I just love his ability to basically run the point from the 1 through 3 spots, his all around game and D, his total demeanor on the court and unselfish play is contagious.

He's really the only guy I am excited by the thought of adding to this team.


I like Dominique Jones as a later pick... would love either Zoubeck or Vasquez

Posted by: Darnell1 | May 12, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

You know that idiot Grunseld will either trade or sell the pick and bring in some more NBA retreads.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | May 12, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Hollis and Milbourne are most likely there as a courtesy to the local schools. Jones comes across as a Rodney Stuckey type guard in the DX profile. That would be a big upgrade over Randy Foye. Sloan played well at the Portsmouth Invitational, but is not expected to get drafted. Omar will be a great camp invite if he doesn't get drafted. He has huge upside in the fan favorite department.

Posted by: djnnnou | May 13, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Some of the recent playoff teams have all had starting non-drafted free agents on their team. It's always a wonder why these guys "slip through the cracks." Maybe they don't? Maybe they're waiting in plain sight, but it's too easy to pick the next big thing or someone International player who could be the next big thing?

Why not go for the proven commodity? Proven game? The Spurs and the Jazz and even the Cavaliers seem to make a habit of picking these guys. Why not the Wizards? Pick a guy who comes from a winning program who is willing to work hard and who has an upside? Really, why not? Because some mock draft picks someone else higher? Most of the second rounders will wash out. We all know this, but why not take a chance. The Wiz passed on Blair last year and he made them pay for it. As a matter of fact, they've passed, traded, or done relatively nothing with their second rounders over the past three years. Why not use one to help build a team? Even if you send that person down to the D-League for a year. You have to start somewhere, and that might be a good start.

Posted by: charles20001 | May 13, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

I think I would like to see them get Cole Aldrich if they get anything from picks #6-8, he adds bulk at Center that Javale McGee aka poor man's Marcus Camby does not......think of Cole Aldrich as a hybrid between Brad Miller and Chris Kaman.
You laugh when I say Brad Miller and Chris Kaman but who have the Wiz played at Center that was better than either one of them ?

Jahidi White...yeah right !

Posted by: OG_Barno | May 13, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Overall, it is not New York or Chicago, if winning is his number 1 concern, coming to DC could get him there quicker and other choices.

Why Not…

Posted by: chris_concert

IMO, if winning is his first concern, especially quickly, Chicago is the best place for him.

Another great player in place in Rose, plus Deng, Hinrich, Noah, Gibson. They would need some more big bodies, but in terms of being competitive right away, Chicago would be best.

NY is, well, NY. Plus they have a ton of cap room to bring in another superstar like Wade or Bosh. NY is probably a little farther away, but it is NY.

Since DC doesn't have the panache of NY or the talent of Chicago, hard to argue that DC is the best place to go. Especially since LeBron would eat up most of our free cap space, meaning we couldn't make a lot of other improvements. The only chance I see of him coming here is if Washington gets the #1 pick, meaning they could add another great piece.

Posted by: ts35 | May 13, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

I think I would like to see them get Cole Aldrich if they get anything from picks #6-8, he adds bulk at Center that Javale McGee aka poor man's Marcus Camby does not......think of Cole Aldrich as a hybrid between Brad Miller and Chris Kaman.
You laugh when I say Brad Miller and Chris Kaman but who have the Wiz played at Center that was better than either one of them ?

Posted by: OG_Barno

Way to...aim for the middle?

Posted by: ts35 | May 13, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

"Another great player in place in Rose, plus Deng, Hinrich, Noah, Gibson. They would need some more big bodies, but in terms of being competitive right away, Chicago would be best."

Lots of talk about Deng and Hinrich being traded elsewhere...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

"Ernie G is at best an average GM. A little better than average with trades, much worse than average with the draft and player development. His won and loss record is average.posted by Joec2"

I'm thinking the only thing you looked at was won-loss record. I don't think you've actually done anything like a comparison with GMs around the League as a whole, over the course of, say, 5-10 years in a job. So I sincerely doubt that your analysis is worth anything.

We get a lot of this sort of thing in the blogosphere. Good thing it's a free country and you're not required to provide anything but your opinion, huh?

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

That's the best they can get for tryouts?

Posted by: shamken | May 13, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Charles2001, you bring up a great point. Many of the playoff teams are/were giving heavy minutes to late first round and even second round picks. Look at most of the guys on the Jazz, who always seemingly maximize the abilities of all their players. Or Jared Dudley and Dragic on the Suns. How about George Hill on the Spurs. These teams know how to find and develop these players. Meanwhile, the Wizards continually whiff year after year.

If I were leonsis, I would be looking at those teams for my next GM. Enough with Ernie.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | May 13, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

You know that idiot Grunseld will either trade or sell the pick and bring in some more NBA retreads.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | May 12, 2010 11:57 PM

We talkin' Wes Grunseld or Ernie Unfeld?

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 13, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

"These teams know how to find and develop these players. Meanwhile, the Wizards continually whiff year after year."

What about Andray Blatche? Dom McGuire, who was a regular as a rookie and dealt to Sacramento this year? What about reclamation projects like Livingston? Wasn't Roger Mason given his big break right here in Washington (that's how he got signed by San Antonio for all that $$, y'know). Where did Singleton finally get an opportunity to play (hint: not in Dallas).

I'm not defending Grunfeld, just pointing out some of the more obvious inconsistencies in your argument. Be great if you could do this on your own.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

The key to the next few years is who the Wiz get with their top draft pick..it is that simple! look at the impact Kevin Durrant has had on the Thunder in a couple of years.
The Wiz..have NOBODY, that is a major impact player. Along with offense..a n impact player must be very good on defense.
Also..the Wiz have nobody who is ranked near the top in 3pt. shot making. Not bringing back Roger Mason Jr. was just dumb!

ERNIE HAS HAD HIS CHANCE..AND THE TEAM HAS GONE BACKWARDS..TED...MAKE A CHANGE BEFORE THE DRAFT.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | May 13, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

This group is more in the range of the late first, early second, & FA guys.

Milbourne played his whole career out of position at MD, with those long rangy arms he could eventually be a good wing defender. But he's going to have to develop a whole different game to do that, probably going to go undrafted and will be trying to catch on somewhere.

Another one of Gary's players that will get to see the world while playing some B- Ball. Not bad work if you can get it...

I could see him catching on with a team like the Spurs down the road. They always seem to find those kind of guys and turn them into valuable role players off the bench.

N'Diaye would be way too similar to McGee, but the kid's another human fly swatter.

Last three years Ernie's been dealing with cap/LT issues, this year he's going to be looking for guys to fill roster spots in the second round. Wouldn't be surprised to see him deal for another late first or second round pick.

Probably won't start to see the top guys until the draft order is established. I still like Favors, but Wall and Turner are the likely 1 & 2 in the draft.

Aldridge is not a bad player, but I can't get the image of Eric Montross out of my head when looking at him. Montross wasn't even in Kaman territory as a pro.

It's been tough enough adjusting to Jamison as a Cavalier, I wake up this morning to the notion of LeBron as a Wizard...

Got to find something to put in my coffee!

He may well be the best player in the world, well at least in the regular season.

I guess that could cement us as folding in the playoffs for the next decade...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | May 13, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

The key to the next few years is who the Wiz get with their top draft pick..it is that simple! look at the impact Kevin Durrant has had on the Thunder in a couple of years.
The Wiz..have NOBODY, that is a major impact player. Along with offense..a n impact player must be very good on defense.
Also..the Wiz have nobody who is ranked near the top in 3pt. shot making. Not bringing back Roger Mason Jr. was just dumb!

ERNIE HAS HAD HIS CHANCE..AND THE TEAM HAS GONE BACKWARDS..TED...MAKE A CHANGE BEFORE THE DRAFT.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | May 13, 2010 8:20 AM

Ernest Grunfeld had his chance to get a Durant in the draft?

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 13, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Don't get too excited. These guys are all second round material. Maybe this year, Ernie won't trade them for spare change under Yao Ming's couch.

Posted by: mabkhar | May 13, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

At best, this entire list is made up of 'high five' guys. High Five guy: The guy at the end of the bench who never plays. His main function being to high five the guys who actually play as they walk off the court at timeouts.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 13, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"Also..the Wiz have nobody who is ranked near the top in 3pt. shot making. Not bringing back Roger Mason Jr. was just dumb!"

It was a refusal to pay luxury tax that was dumb over the years. If you don't have an outstanding scouting or player development staff like the spurs you better have a big wallet. Wizards had Mike Miller, second in 3pt FG% for the regular season and to replace him we may need to sign Kyle Korver, free agent from the jazz who was first in 3pt FG%. This guy don't rebound as well as MM though

Posted by: jefferu | May 13, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

You guys that think Ted's going to come in and spend money like there's no tomorrow haven't been paying attention to the Caps.

Like OK City did with Durant, he's going to look to draft a player to build his team around. Reset the expections by bringing in a crop of young players as his core, and try and build a homegrown winner...

Ted's real impact will be on the marketing side. Expect a new look, new team colors, maybe a new(or old)name.
GM
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | May 13, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Samson, are you really defending Grunfeld with Dom McGuire and Andray Blatche? And remind me, why did Grunfeld bring in Livingston? Was it because there wasn't a single point guard on the roster? Oh, and good thing Grunfeld locked him up with a long term deal right away since he was so confident in Livingston's abilities.

I also seem to remember that Grunfeld chose to resign Stevenson yet he didn't even make an offer to Mason . How about the acquisition of Foye? He's a keeper.
You're right, I should really applaud the job that Grunfeld has done in obtaining talent through the draft and through free agency. I just hope he keeps up the good work.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | May 13, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

More than drafting the right guys, or even drafting outright ballers whom will be able to thrive in the NBA, the Wizards need to concentrate on team balance.

I am so tired of them trying to fit players into positions that are not their strengths.

If they feel the need after this offseason to continue to use Blatche as a center, that would be a failure.

To not have a true point that really controls the flow and tempo of the game is a failure.

To have Gilbert Arenas as responsible for point guard play is a failure.

If we feel we have to keep Mike Miller, move him to the three.

You see when it comes to whom we should draft, or this or that FA, the who is important, but the gameplan and the philosophy and how you use what we have is more important than all the rest.

Why is this more important than the players that we bring in?

Because The Gameplan, The Philosophy, The Structure, The Development, The Discipline has been an afterclap in this organization.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 13, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Samson, are you really defending Grunfeld with Dom McGuire and Andray Blatche? And remind me, why did Grunfeld bring in Livingston? Was it because there wasn't a single point guard on the roster? Oh, and good thing Grunfeld locked him up with a long term deal right away since he was so confident in Livingston's abilities.I also seem to remember that Grunfeld chose to resign Stevenson yet he didn't even make an offer to Mason . How about the acquisition of Foye? He's a keeper." Posted by: ZardsFan1"

What I wrote was: "I'm not defending Grunfeld, just pointing out some of the more obvious inconsistencies in your argument. Be great if you could do this on your own."

And it would, too. Instead of cherry-picking facts the way you did.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"look at the impact Kevin Durrant has had on the Thunder in a couple of years.
The Wiz..have NOBODY, that is a major impact player. Along with offense..an impact player must be very good on defense." posted by melodius_thunk"

Guess that last part lets Durant out, then. And Nash, and Stoudemire, and Nowitzki, and.. and...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 13, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Samson151,

Blazerguy posted the portion that you quote above.

Posted by: melodious_thunk | May 13, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess these guys are ok.... stupid me still thinks P.EWING JR could have helped the Wizards when the Knicks released him

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | May 13, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Samson, maybe you missed an obvious point: I don't not believe that the fact that Grunfeld acquired Andray Blatche, Dom McGuire, Roger Mason, or Shaun Livingston undermine my oringinal point, which was that the Wizards have a long and painful history of failing to find and develop talent. Therefore, my original position does not suffer from "obvious inconsistencies" simply because you have a different opinion about the quality of a few players acquired by EG.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | May 13, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the front office back in action. I thought they'd been on a two month vacation. Anything on Singleton and Livingston?

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 13, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Let's bring in JEROME JORDAN foer a look.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 13, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"IMO, if winning is his first concern, especially quickly, Chicago is the best place for him."

Same goes for Wade, Bosh, and the rest of the gang. Of all the teams clearing cap space to go for the FA brass ring, the Bulls are one of (maybe the) only one that's in a position to have cap flexibility while still retaining the pieces to immediately field a viable team around whoever they sign. Of course, that whole "shadow of MJ" thing may scare the more faint hearted off.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 13, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse


I would like to see Larry Sanders on the list.

Posted by: wiz_fan | May 13, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse


I would like to see Larry Sanders on the list.

Posted by: wiz_fan | May 13, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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