2010 NBA Draft Thursday, June 24th 4:00PM

June 19 Pre-Draft Workout

06/19/10
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl

    On June 19 the Portland Trail Blazers worked Craig Brackins (Iowa State), Sherron Collins (Kansas), Marquez Haynes (UT-Arlington), Tommy Mason-Griffin (Oklahoma), Patrick Sullivan (SE Louisiana) and Ben Uzoh (Tulsa) in anticipation of the 2010 NBA Draft. The following are the comments of Chad Buchanan, Portland's director of college scouting, regarding the aforementioned players.

    Buchanan's thoughts on the workout in general:

    "I thought it was a very good workout today. I think there were some NBA players out there today for sure. Some of them will end up in the second round but are good enough to make a roster. Some of them could play their way into being a backup down the road. I think Craig (Brackens) is probably standing nearly 6-10 and can shoot the ball. He's probably the most ready to step in and help somebody. I think some of those guards down the road can be a piece for a team. Very competitive workout today."

    Craig Brackens, 6-10, Forward, Iowa State

    Buchanan's take: "One of our Iowa guys. Mike (Born) and I were excited to bring in an Iowa guy today. Craig had a good year this year, a great year last year. I think people have talked about would he have been a higher pick if he would have came out last year. I think it would have been close but I think he;s helped himself this spring. He's had some good workouts. He played on a team where he was asked to do a lot of things, which can be hard for some kids, but he's got size, he shoots it, can face the basket and handle the ball. High, high character guy. I think he's got a bright future in our league. I'd be shocked if he's not a first round pick."

    Sherron Collins, 5-10, Guard, Kansas

    Buchanan's take: "Proven winner, proven leader. Tough little nut. He's got some moxie to him. He's a natural point guard, can shoot the ball, can handle it, makes good decisions with the ball. His weight is something he's battled with. That's going to be something, we've talked to him a lot about that he's going to have to continue to monitor because that will be the difference with him defending NBA quickness, because he's got all the intangibles to play the position. Like I said, he's a very good catch and shoot guy. Really respect what he's accomplished in his four years at KU."

    Tommy Mason-Griffin, 5-10, Guard, Oklahoma

    Buchanan's take: "One and done, McDonald's all-american. Extremely, extremely good with the ball. Little power guard... You can tell he's played a lot of basketball. He's got a lot of tricks to his game. One of the best shooting guards in the draft. He's a guy who you just can't take the ball from him, which for a point guard is a very important skill. Obviously a little small. He's got power and he's got strength. He's just got to mature as a player, mature as a person but I think he's kind of a little bit of a sleeper out there. I don't think he's gotten as much publicity as he probably deserves. I think he's a pretty good player."

    Patrick Sullivan, 6-8, Forward, SE Louisiana

    Buchanan's take: "Patrick is a little bit of a off the radar guy we've done a little work on this spring. Athletic. He played out of position in college. He had to play center for his college team. He's got some four skills. Really, really nice kid, good athlete. He's got a long, wiry frame. Runs the floor, blocks shots. He just hasn't played against a ton of high level competition. That'll be, for him, I think it's going to be him working his way into our league. I would be surprised if he gets drafted but it wouldn't shock me. But I think he's probably a kid that goes undrafted, gets a look this summer and could eventually find his away, make some strides, become more of a four, will have a chance down the road."

    Ben Uzoh, 6-3, Guard, Tulsa


    Buchanan's take:
    "Another guy who has kind of converted from playing off the ball to being a point. Great athlete, great disruptive defender. He can block shots, he rebounds, which is rare for a point guard. Not a natural 'run your team' point guard at this point and that's something he's going to have to evolve into. But he's got the tools to defend the point guard. He's a good athlete, he's got good length. Improving shooter, still needs to make some strides in that area. His decision making is kind of a work in progress, but he's got a lot of physical tools to work with. Another high character guy. Very hungry to become a good player. I think he's a guy who someone would take him in the second round and try to mold him into a full time point guard down the road. "

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