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Oregon’s Brooks impresses Trail Blazers brass at pre-draft workouts

Friday saw a double dose of pre-draft workouts for the Portland Trail Blazers as they continue to make preparations for the June 28 NBA Draft.

A total six guards were put to the test at the team’s training facility in Tualatin. The workouts were divided into two morning sessions with the first featuring Jarrius Jackson (Texas Tech), Dan Nwaelele(Air Force), and J.R. Reynolds (Virginia).

The second session drew significant interest with the University of Oregon’s Aaron Brooks showcasing his skills along with Taurean Green from NCAA Champion Florida and South Carolina’s Tre Kelley.

“Both sessions were great workouts,” said Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard. “There was a lot of quickness out on the floor in the second workout and all three points guards showed they can be in the NBA. I thought Aaron (Brooks) athletically was really, really good, made some good decisions, and was very difficult to defend, especially in the full court. And, Taurean Green proved why he’s the point guard on a championship team. Tre Kelley is a very solid point guard. All three will be in the NBA next year.”

Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan was equally impressed with Brooks’ workout adding, “He was good. He showed he could score and he’s very quick with the basketball. He can shoot the ball. He can do a lot of things. The same things that I saw him do this year at Oregon he did out here today.”

Last year Brooks lead the Pac-10 in scoring (17.7 ppg) and ranked fifth in assists (4.3 apg) and helped lead the underdog Ducks to the St. Louis Regional Finals before falling to Florida.

While Brooks has worked out with upwards of 16 NBA teams and more to come, he likes the thought of becoming a Trail Blazer later this month.

“The Blazers would be good because Oregon’s kind of like home,” said Brooks. “Plus, they got (Martell) Webster and Brandon Roy and the number one draft pick, whoever that may be, so things are looking up for this community and state.”

Workouts will continue next week including the highly anticipated visits of Greg Oden on Wednesday and Kevin Durant on Friday. The two are expected to be the top two players taken in the draft in which Portland holds the top pick.

“We got a couple of big workouts next week,” laughed Pritchard. “That’s one thing I know, is that there is going to be a lot of interest in those two workouts.”

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