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2010 Pre-Draft Partcipants

06/20/10
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl

    The following is the list of players who have worked out or will workout at the Trail Blazers' practice facility, along with comments from Chad Buchanan, Portland's Director Of College Scouting, in anticipation of the 2010 NBA Draft. This list will be updated throughout the weeks and months leading up to the draft.

    June 20

    Armon Johnson, 6-3, Point Guard, Nevada
    Career Highlights: Earned First Team All-WAC honors as a sophomore and Second Team All-WAC honors as a junior. Named to the WAC All-Tournament team as a sophomore. Named 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year as a freshman.

    Mac Koshwal, 6-10, Power Forward/Center, Depaul
    Career Highlights: Earned Big East All-Freshman honors as a freshman. Rebounding average (9.3 rpg) is 12th in school history. Career field-goal percentage (.521) is 13th in school history. Started 79 of 81 games played. First freshman in school history to serve as a team captain.

    Chris Kramer, 6-3, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Purdue
    Career Highlights: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2008, 2010). Third-team All-Big Ten (2008). Honorable mention All-Big Ten (2009, 2010). Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Academic All-Big Ten (2008, 2009, 2010). Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2010). Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist (2010). First-team Lowe's Senior All-American (2010). Reese's College All-Star Game participant (2010)

    Art Parakhouski, 6-11, Center, Radford
    Career Highlights: Named Big South Player of the Year as both a senior and junior. Named First-Team All Conference as both a senior and junior. Named Big South Tournament MVP as a junior. Named Honorable Mention All-America as a senior.

    Nik Raivio, 6-4, Point Guard, Portland
    Career Highlights: All-WCC First Team selection (2009). Averaged 14.1 ppg & 6.1 rpg Senior year

    June 19

    Craig Brackins, 6-10, Power Forward, Iowa State
    Career Highlights: Named to the All-Big 12 First Team as a sophomore and the All-Big 12 Second Team as a junior. Named Iowa State’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. Named Big 12 Player of the Week four times in his sophomore and junior seasons.

    Sherron Collins, 5-11, Point Guard, Kansas
    Career Highlights: The winningest player in Kansas basketball history, amassing 130 victories throughout his career. Finished his career ranked fifth on Kansas’ career scoring list with 1,888 points. As a senior, named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team, NABC All-America First Team and USBWA All-American First Team. Also an All-Big 12 First Team selection and the winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith, Lute Olsen Player of the Year and NABC Senior Achievement awards. An All-Big 12 First Team selection as a junior and named Second Team all-America by the NABC and USBWA. Won Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year honors as a sophomore as well as an NCAA Division I national title. Member of the Big 12 All-Rookie team as a freshman.

    Marquez Haynes, 6-3, Point Guard, UT Arlington
    Career Highlights: Southland Conference Player of the Year (2010). First team All-Southland Conference selection (2010) Second team All-Southland Conference selection (2009). Averaged 22.6 ppg Senior year.

    Tommy Mason-Griffin, 5-11, Point Guard, Oklahoma
    Career Highlights: A third-team All-Big 12 selection(2010). Big 12 All-Rookie Team selection (2010). Averaged 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest Freshman year. Ranked 15th in the Big 12 Conference in scoring, fourth in assists, third in 3-point field goal percentage, sixth in 3-pointers per game (2.3) and third in minutes per game (35.7)

    Patrick Sullivan, 6-9, Power Forward, SE Louisiana
    Career Highlights: Second Team All-Southland Conference selection (2010). Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference Selection (2009). Averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, & 3.3 bpg Senior year.

    Ben Uzoh, 6-3, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Tulsa
    Career Highlights: Named First Team All-Conference USA as a senior and Second Team All-Conference USA as a junior and sophomore. Shares school record for career games played with 141. Ranks in the top 10 in school history in 11 categories, including points, assists, steals, rebounds and blocks.

    June 18

    Aubrey Coleman, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Houston
    Career Highlights: Named to All-Conference USA First Team as both a junior and senior. Named 2009 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year as a junior. Earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors seven times. Played his first two seasons at Southwest Mississippi Community College.

    Jon Scheyer, 6-5, Shooting Guard, Duke
    Career Highlights: Only player in school history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 made three-pointers and 200 steals. Finished ninth all-time at Duke in scoring (2,077 points), third in free throws made (608) and FT percentage (.861, 6th in ACC history), fourth in three-pointers made (297), eighth in steals (208) and 11th in assists (440).

    Deon Thompson, 6-8, Power Forward, North Carolina
    Career Highlights: Set NCAA record for most games played (152). Finished 31st in scoring (1,414 points), 21st in rebounding (743) and 10th in blocks (141) at Carolina. Scored in double figures 68 times.

    Ludovic Vaty, 6-9, Power Forward, France
    Career Highlights: Started playing for the MJC Abymes Basketball Club at the age of 11. Competed at the French National Institute of Sport and Physical Education (INSEP) from 2003-06. INSEP has produced NBA players Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Jerome Moiso. Signed with Pau-Orthez in 2006, playing three seasons for one of France’s most storied clubs. Joined another French club, Entente Orleans 45, in 2009-10. Has represented France in international play at the U-16, U-18, U-20 and Senior national team levels.

    June 17

    Derrick Caracter, 6-9, Forward, UTEP
    Career Highlights: Named Second Team All-Conference USA and NABC First Team All-District in his first year at UTEP. Ranked second in the conference and 16th nationally in field goal percentage (.567).

    Buchanan's take: "Highly acclaimed player coming out of high school. Beast four. He can really score the ball on the block. I think you can throw him the ball and he's going to give you some offense. Very good hands. He's got good footwork in the post. Needs to become a little higher energy defender, I think. But I think overall, he's an NBA player."

    Keith Gallon, 6-8, Forward, Oklahoma
    Career Highlights: Ranked eighth in the Big 12 in rebounding in 2009-10. Rebounding average was the fourth-highest by a freshman in school history.

    Buchan's take: "One-and-done guy at Oklahoma. Very, I would say, unique player in the fact that he's got the body of a physical four but has more of a face-up-type game. He can handle the ball. He can shoot the ball a little bit. He's a very unique player in that regard. Whether that's going to translate to our level, he's gonna have to be in a system where the coach gives him a little freedom to do that. But big bodied, soft hands, pretty light on his feet for a guy with his frame. He's a very unique talent."

    Scottie Reynolds, 6-2, Guard, Villanova
    Career Highlights: Finished as second all-time scorer at Villanova with 2,222 points. Ranked sixth in assists (482). Tied Dante Cunningham for most games as a Wildcat (139). Scored 25 or more points 17 times. 1st Team All-Big East (2010). 1st Team AP All-American (2010). Big East Rookie of the Year (2007)

    Buchanan's take: "Had a fantastic college career. Played for an excellent coach. Played with Dante for three years. Knows how to get his shot off for being a guy who's a little undersized,  not a great athlete. His challenge is going to be can he be a straight full-time point guard. He played a lot off the ball at times for Villanova. But he's got some craftiness to him. He's a tough, competitive kid. He's one of those guys who's stuck in that small two status and he's not really a pure point so he's going to have to potentially make that conversion over. But I respect him as a player."

    A.J. Slaughter, 6-3, Guard, Western Kentucky
    Career Highlights: Averaged 17.5 ppg and 4.3 apg during Senior year. 1st Team All Sun Belt Conference (2010). Along with teammate Jeremy Evans, combined for two regular season Sun Belt Championships, two SBC Tournament titles, three NCAA Tournament wins and a 97-40 ledger in four years at Western Kentucky. Finished 12th in school history with 1,581 career points.

    Buchanan's take: "Very similar to Scottie in the sense that he's a smaller two. Not quite as good with the ball as Scottie, but has a really nice catch-and-shoot stroke. Can get in the mid-range and make shots. Needs to become a little more active defensively. But probably a guy who will make some money. I don't know if it will be in our league, but it will be somewhere, whether it's the minor leagues or overseas."

    Donald Sloan, 6-3, Guard, Texas A&M
    Career Highlights: Played in a school-record 138 games. Ranked ninth in program history with 1,522 points and eighth in school history with 370 assists. Became the second player in program history to eclipse 1,400 points, 300 assists and 400 rebounds. The other was Bernard King.

    Buchanan's take: "I had him in in May. Brought him back. Really, really like his toughness. He was a teammate of LaMarcus in high school. Great, great kid. Very mature kid. Can handle the ball. Really defends well. Has got good size. Good athlete. He's kind of been streaky shooting the ball and I think that's what most people would have question marks. How consistent can he make a perimeter jumper? Statistically it doesn't jump out at you that he was a great shooter. But he wasn't a poor shooter, either. I think he's got the toughness to get onto an NBA court. He's going to have to convert. He played all two this year. He's going to have to covert back to the point guard position, which he played early in his career. But he's a guy who I would not be surprised to see on an NBA roster next year."  

    Brian Zoubek, 7-1, Center, Duke
    Career Highlights: Led Duke to 2010 NCAA Championship. Averaging 3.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 93 career games. Two-time Academic All-ACC team selection. Ranks33rd at Duke with 599 career rebounds. Grabbed five or more boards in 58 games. Boasts a .594 FG percentage for his career. Recorded 86 career blocked shots.

    Buchanan's take: "Big bodied. Knows how to play. Obviously comes from a coach who has drilled him into what he is as a player. He understands what he is as a player. He's a below-the-rim 7-footer. But has good footwork, good hands and is a great position defender and rebounder. I think he was the top offensive rebounding player in the college basketball game this year. I really like his understanding of what he is as a player and I think he's a third center in our league for somebody."

    June 16

    Larry Sanders, 6-9, Forward/Center, VCU
    Career Highlights: Team was 75-27 during his three seasons with two regular season CAA titles and one postseason CAA title. Two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

    Buchanan's take: "Larry's back was a little tweaked so he wasn't 100 percent, but obviously he's got a great physical frame to work with. Needs to get a little stronger in his lower body. He's got big hands, he can step out and shoot it. I think once his legs get a little stronger he's going to be a little quicker off the floor, a little bit more of a shot blocker than he even is already. For him he's got a high ceiling, it's just a matter of trying to bring that out of him for him to reach what he could ultimately get to because I think he's far from a finished product."

    Matt Bouldin, 6-5, Point Guard, Gonzaga
    Career Highlights: Averaged 15.4 ppg & 4 apg during senior year.

    Buchanan's take: "Big, physical guard. High, high IQ. He's probably one of the smartest guys as far as making decisions with the ball that we'll bring through here this month. He's got to become a more consistant shooter but his size is a great asset for him. He can really pass the ball. He's got a couple of things that, if he can really sharpen up, I think he can play in our league, at the point guard position possibly."

    Jeff Foote, 7-0, Center, Cornell
    Career Highlights: Unanimous first-team All-Ivy League pick. Ivy league’s Defensive Player of the Year (2008 & 2009). Ivy league's leading field goal percentage shooter (.633) and rebounder (8.1) also ranked second in blocked shots (1.9).

    Buchanan's take: "Cornell big man. Has kind of gotten better every year he's been there. His team had a terrific season this year. He's a big body, keeps his game very simple, which is something we like from those centers. Joel is kind of the same way; they keep the game real simple. Low turnover guy, low mistake guy. Not very athletic, but he's got good lateral agility for a guy his size. I think he'll get some looks in the second round simply because big men .. it's hard to find big men."

    Luke Harangody, 6-8, Power Forward, Notre Dame
    Career Highlights: BIG EAST Player of the Year (2008), John R Wooden All-America Team (2009 and 2008). Second Team Associated Press Second Team All-American (2009 and 2008). Averaged 23.3 ppg, and 11.8 rpg Junior year

    Buchanan's take: "Obviously an outstanding collegiate career. We talk about him being, you know the book Moneyball? He's kind of a Moneyball-type player. You look at him and you're like 'That's not an NBA player' but when you look at what he does and watch him more you appreciate what he's accomplished. I wouldn't bet against him. He's got NBA scoring abilities, he's got a lot of tricks with the ball, can step out and shoot it. Defensively is going to be the end where he's going to have to prove he can guard an NBA 4, an NBA 3, whatever position you want to play him at."

    Samardo Samuels, 6-8, Power Forward/Center, Louisville
    Career Highlights: Named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team and was a second team Freshman All-America selection by collegehoops.net. Ranked seventh in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (.578), 11th in blocked shots (1.3) and his 11.8 scoring average was third highest among freshmen in the conference.

    Buchanan's take: "Thought he had a terrific workout today. Physical, beast power forward. Obviously played for a great program. He's a guy that was really highly-acclaimed coming out of high school and had a good start to his college career. I think if we would have stuck it out another two years he'd have finished up with a great career there. You never know what a kids' situation is. There are other factors that come into play for kids making these decisions. Really nice kid and I think he's definitely an NBA player."

    Dominic Waters, 6-1, Guard, Portland State
    Career Highlights: 2009-10 Second Team ALL-BIG SKY Conference. 2008-09 Second Team ALL-BIG SKY Conference Led the Vikings in scoring (18.6), assists (4.8), three-point percentage (.424) and free throw percentage (.902). Eighth in the nation in free throw percentage.

    Buchanan's take: "We brought him back; we had him in May. Super, super kid. I think he's got a real hunger for the game and he's got a great attitude. He's a guy we'll probably look at maybe for the Summer League. Came in and competed today."

    June 15

    Larry Sanders, 6-9, Forward/Center, VCU
    Career Highlights: Team was 75-27 during his three seasons with two regular season CAA titles and one postseason CAA title. Two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

    Update: Sanders has been replaced by Dior Lowhorn (forward, San Francisco) in the June 15 workout.

    Gani Lawal, 6-8, Forward, Georgia Tech
    Career Highlights: Named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team as a sophomore and junior at Georgia Tech, and was a midseason candidate for the Naismith Award as a junior. A McDonald’s All-American and a Second-Team Parade magazine All-American as a high school senior.

    Buchanan's take: "Gani’s probably the highest-touted prospect out there today. Fantastic rebounder, tenacious on the glass. Big, active body. Quick jumper. Kind of unrefined a little bit offensively with his footwork and his hands. But is an NBA rebounder and I think he definitely has a spot in our league."

    Jerome Randle, 5-10, Guard, California
    Career Highlights: Named Pac-10 Player of the Year and was an Honorable Mention All-American as a senior. All-time leading scorer for California with 1,835 points. Also is school’s all-time leader in three pointers (252) and free-throw percentage (.881), while ranking second all-time in assists (524). Set a school record by making 40 consecutive free throws. Named to First Team All-Pac 10 as a junior.

    Buchanan's take: "Obviously very small. But very, very full of moxie. Confident kid (and) being small like that you have to have some of those intangibles to overcome it. He’s got good speed, can shoot the ball. Had a great season at Cal. He’s a guy that if a coach is willing to take a risk on a smaller point guard — and some of those guys are succeeding in our league right now — I’d be surprised if somebody doesn’t take a chance on him in the second round."

    Marquez Haynes, 6-3, Guard, UT-Arlington
    Career Highlights: Second team All-Southland Conference selection...played in all 30 games, starting 29...ranked among conference leaders in all games in scoring (3rd, 16.5), assists (9th, 3.4), free throw percentage (6th, 79%) and minutes played (4th, 32.2)...in conference games only ranked among league leaders in scoring (8th, 16.3), rebounding (21st, 5.3), assists (5th, 3.6), free throw percentage (5th, 80.9%), assist-to-turnover ratio (10th, 1.2) and minutes played (6th, 33.2)

    Buchanan's take: "Had a great workout today. Had a fantastic season scoring the ball; was one of the national leaders in scoring this year. Started his career at Boston College and really blossomed once he transferred to UT-Arlington. Athletic. Can really score it. Can shoot it. Can handle it. He’s got a lot of tools to work with. He, like Osiris, is a little small for his position. He’s got to prove that he can play point. But I think he’s got a bright future at some level."

    Osiris Eldridge, 6-2, Guard, Illinois State
    Career Highlights: Named the 2009 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player, only the second player in league history to receive the award from a member of the runner-up team. Earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. Selected to the Valley's All-Defensive Team. Named the Valley Player of the Week three times.

    Buchanan's take: "We brought him in last year. He declared for the draft last year. Had a good workout last year, brought him back. Really like his athleticism. Shot maker. Tough kid. Kind of a small two guard is what he’s going to be trying to overcome. But he’s an athletic kid. He’s got all the physical tools to play in our league, but has some things he’ll need to clean up."

    Elijah Millsap, 6-6, Forward, UAB
    Career Highlights: First-Team All-Conference USA selection in 2009-10. Led the league in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and set a school record for total caroms (324). Sat out the 2008-09 campaign as a transfer from Louisiana-Lafayette, where he started 40-of-53 games over two seasons. The 2007 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.

    Buchanan's take: "Elijah played the four and some three in college and he’s a little undersized for that and he’s trying to make that conversion to being a straight wing player. Needs to shoot it a little better, but (is a) tough, physical guard. Good defender. Attacks the paint. I think he’s probably on the bubble of being a second-round pick."

    June 1

    The Trail Blazers hosted six players, all of whom played four years in college, June 1 at the practice facility.

    "You're looking at some guys from high as maybe early second round to a couple guys that may go undrafted," said Buchanan. "Maybe a guy gets in the discussion at late first, early second."

    Marqus Blakely, 6-5, Forward, Vermont
    Buchanan's take: "He played well. It was his first workout so I think it was a new experience for him. Great kid, can defend, good athlete, comes from a smaller conference. Was playing a different position in college than he would have to play at the next level and I think that will be something he'll have to continue to improve on.

    "Played the power forward in college so he'll have to step out and play at the perimeter at our level at his size. I think he'll be a guy that's going to need to continue to improve on those skill areas. I think he has the ability to defend in our league, but you've got to be able to be an offensive threat as well and I think that's something he'll start to improve on. Down the road I wouldn't rule him out for our league."

    Landry Fields, 6-7, Forward, Stanford
    Buchanan's take: "Really has evolved into a nice player from where he was at as a freshman. He was 180 lbs. and he's about 215 lbs. now. His game has gone from away, primarily facing the basket, shooting a lot of jumpers early in his career to a guy who is going into the paint more. He's slashing, attacking, he's handling the ball more. I think his confidence level grew as his body matured.

    "Very good feel for the game. Great kid, high basketball IQ. Had a good season in a decent league this year. He's another guy I think got better and better each year at Stanford."

    Tyren Johnson, 6-8, Forward, Louisiana-Lafayette
    Buchanan's take: "Another guy that comes from a smaller league. Played in the post, but he's got some face-up skills and I think that's something he's going to have to maximize because he's got good size to face the basket. Can shoot a little bit, handles it a little bit.

    "He's getting used now to playing against guys who are just as big, just as athletic and just as skilled as him, so that's something he's going to adjust to here both in the pre-draft workouts and as he gets to the next level. But he's got some upside to him."

    Tory Jackson, 5-11, Guard, Notre Dame
    Buchanan's take: "Tough, gritty little point guard from a good program. Played for a great coach. Had a good senior year. His team when through some injury issues with (Luke) Harangody and he really stepped up, carried their team during a tough stretch of their season.

    "Obviously he's a little small. Those guys have to have a particular trait, speed for quickness or great shooting and that's something he's learning. He's going to have to become excellent at one of those traits. Knows how to play, great attitude, natural leader. So he's got a lot of intangibles you want from a point guard, but the size thing is something he's going to have to prove he can overcome."

    Andy Rautins, 6-4, Guard, Syracuse
    Buchanan's take:
    "Shot the ball exceptionally well like he normally does and like we expected of him. Very smart, intellegent player. Comes from a good pedigree; his dad is the Canadian national team coaches. Comes from a great program, great league. So he's a very polished player. Athletically he's not going to wow you, but he does some things at an NBA level."

    Ryan Thomson, 6-6, Guard, Rider
    Buchanan's take: "“Jason Thompson’s younger brother. Very tough, hard nosed, gritty guard. Has played several positions in his college career. Very tough defender. Handles the ball. Is going to need to improve his shooting. He knows that and we’ve talked to him about that. I think if he can do that, he has a chance to stick in our league somewhere down the road. He does enough things well that I think a particular coach will like that. He doesn’t really have one thing that he excels at, but he has a lot of things that he does well enough to maybe make it in our league one day.”

    May 7

    Devan Downey, 5-9, Guard, South Carolina
    Buchanan's take: "Small but very dynamic offensively. Really puts the ball in the hole, was asked to do a lot for his team this year. Very tough-minded kid. Just a little undersized for his position."

    Donald Sloan, 6-3, Guard, Texas A&M
    Buchanan's take: "Combo guard. Got good size. Very gritty, competitive, physical guard. Can handle the ball. Can really defend. Got to improve as a perimeter shooter."

    Dominic Waters, 6-1, Guard, Portland State
    Buchanan's take: "Really, really nice kid. Has improved as a player from last year to this year. His body has improved. Does a lot of things well and I think he's very hungry to have success at the next level."

    Gavin Edwards, 6-10, Forward, UConn
    Buchanan's take: "Big post player. Very well coached, fundamentally sound bigman. Defensive-minded. Keeps the game very simple."

    Jeremy Wise, 6-1, Guard, NBDL
    Buchanan's take: "Crafty left-handed scorer. Can score the ball in a lot of ways. Slight frame. He'll need to get a little stronger for our level."

    Underclassmen who worked out with the Trail Blazers but have since withdrawn their names from draft consideration:

    E'Twaun Moore (wing-Purdue)
    Lavoy Allen (forward-Temple)
    Talor Battle (pg-Penn State)
    Malcolm Delaney (wing-VA Tech)
    Eniel Polynice (wing-Mississippi)
    Alex Tyus (forward-Florida)
    Mike Davis (forward-Illinois)

           

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