It’s that time of year when NBA teams put together a list of players in which they’d like to work out, all of which may or may not be on their draft radar. The Washington Wizards are do not have a first round pick for the first time in a few years, instead of drawing some of the players projected to be selected in the lottery, Washington has been focusing on those who may drop out of the first round along with sure fire second rounders. Today’s workout consisted of one point guard and wings of all different sizes. It’s fair to assume the Wizards are being proactive in adding depth on the wing, especially with the uncertainty of retaining Trevor Ariza. That would push Otto Porter to the forefront at small forward and leave a gaping hole behind him.
We were only able to watch the last 10 minutes of the workouts, here’s a clip of one of the last drills of the day(Wednesday, June 11th).
The group of players that attended the workout were Bryce Cotton (Providence), Jarell Eddie (Virginia Tech), Roy Devyn Marble (Iowa), LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State), Okaro White (Florida State), and Kendall Williams (New Mexico). At first glance Okaro White’s inclusion in this group doesn’t jump off the page, after taking a second you realize that he played in the front court at Florida State and didn’t put the ball on the floor very often. He spoke afterwards about his need to work on his handle, work on “staying low” as taller wing. Per a source, Roy Devyn Marble made a great impression during the workout. Marble also caught up with us afterwards to share his thoughts on the workout. Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross is an interesting prospect, he has the prototypical size of an NBA “three” or small forward. He showed off a very versatile game during his Buckeye career, he also mentioned Trevor Ariza during his post workout session with the media. Only fitting that he mentioned Ariza, should Ross end up in Washington, he could stand in as a body double. New Mexico may put two players into the NBA via the draft in consecutive years if Kendall Williams is selected, Williams is following in the footsteps of former teammate Tony Snell. It’s a great time to be an athletic guard, it’s almost a prerequisite to play at this level. The question being what position does Williams play, he’s spent time at both guard spots during his college career. He spoke about the opportunity to possibly play behind the dynamic duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal.