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Jerome Dyson, Devin Ebanks headline workouts

The Wizards conducted their third straight set of predraft workouts this morning, with four players participating in the approximately one-hour session at the practice court at Verizon Center. The two biggest names were former Connecticut guard Jerome Dyson, a native of Potomac, and ex-West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks, who declared early after helping the Mountaineers reach the Final Four.

Also working out were former Louisiana Tech forward-center Magnum Rolle and ex-St. Francis (Pa.) guard Devin Sweetney, a cousin of former Georgetown forward Mike Sweetney.

Dyson averaged a career-high 17.2 points per game and 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Huskies as a senior. He grew up in Montgomery County, where he briefly attended Churchill High School. As a sophomore at Churchill, Dyson averaged 20.5 points during the 2002-03 season. He then transferred to Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H.

"It's nice to be home," Dyson said following the workout, which was the third he has had since the end of his college career. The 6-foot-4 Dyson also has auditioned for Detroit and Minnesota.

As an opponent of Georgetown in the Big East, Dyson had been used to hearing jeers when his named was announced at Verizon Center. Now he's trying to catch on with the professional team that plays there.

"It's good not to have all the fans booing you all the time," said Dyson, adding many member of his family follow the Wizards.

One of Dyson's rivals in college was the 6-9 Ebanks, who came out for the NBA draft after his sophomore season. Ebanks averaged 12 points and 8.1 rebounds for West Virginia, which won the Big East tournament and made a memorable run to the national semifinals.

Washington is the fifth stop for Ebanks as he tries to get noticed by NBA coaches. Before coming to the nation's capital, he worked out for Minnosota, San Antonio, Toronto and Detroit. Next up for Ebanks is Chicago.

"I've been on the road since Saturday, so you get a little tired, but you've just got to push through," Ebanks said. "It's just like the NBA season."

By Gene Wang  |  June 2, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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Nothing to do with this post, but I see so much love for Evan Turner @ #2 (and rightfully so) ... but I think I would have a hard time passing over Wes Johnson there.

Posted by: Bellman | June 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Devin Ebanks is 6'7" in his socks according to DraftExpress.
I wish American players would stop the practice of including their two-inch heels in their measurements. International players (meaning outside of the US) are always measured without shoes, and no one takes their word for it. They are measured.

Posted by: rickgonz | June 3, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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