June 20, 2008
Charlotte's preparation for the 2008 NBA Draft continued Friday at the Presbyterian Hospital Training Center at Time Warner Cable Arena with Oregon's Bryce Taylor, Nevada's Marcelus Kemp, Georgia's Sundiata Gaines, and New Orleans' Bo McCalebb all participating in draft workouts with the Bobcats.
Bryce Taylor, a 6-4 guard, finished his four-year career at Oregon as the school's 12th all-time leading scorer with 1,435 points. As a senior, he averaged 12.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. Taylor led the team and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.823) in 2007-08.
Marcelus Kemp was originally an early entry candidate for the 2007 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name and returning to Nevada for his senior season. He earned First Team All-WAC honors following his junior and senior seasons and finished his career as the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,939 points. He also ranks as Nevada's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made. As a senior, the 6-5 guard ranked second in the WAC in scoring (20.0 ppg), eighth in assists (3.3 apg) and third in free throw percentage (.863).
Bo McCalebb finished his career as the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leading scorer and ranked 21st on the NCAA career list with 2,679 points. Following his senior season, he was named the Sun Belt's Defensive Player of the Year and was also a first-team all-district selection by USBWA and NABC. The 6-0 guard averaged 23.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.4 steals in 2007-08, leading the league in scoring and steals and ranking in the top 10 in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and assists. As a junior, McCalebb was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.
Sundiata Gaines led Georgia in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), assists (4.2 apg) and minutes (33.6 mpg) in 2007-08. The 6-1 guard earned second-team All-SEC honors in both his junior and senior seasons and finished his career as UGA's all-time leader in steals. He also ranked second all-time in assists, ninth in scoring and 11th in rebounding. Gaines is the only player in UGA history to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. He was named the MVP of the 2008 SEC Conference Tournament after leading the Bulldogs to their first tournament title in 25 years and the school's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002.
Kemp and Gaines spoke with the media following the workout.
Marcelus Kemp 6-5 210 lbs. Guard Nevada Senior
(On the workout)
The workout went well. We did some shooting drills, played two-on-two, one-on-one. It was a nice workout. The thing about this workout with Coach Brown is that he likes to teach. He stopped a couple of times and taught us some things.
(On what Coach Brown taught them during the workout)
(Coach Brown) told us how our footwork needs to be coming on the wing. Were guards, so (he told us) to catch it and run with the ball and put the ball in front of you. It was some basic things, but it helped.
(On what he knows about the Bobcats team)
This Bobcats team struggled with injuries, I know that. They are a great a young team, fast-tempo. They have some great players in Jason Richardson and Gerald Wallace. They have some great young players like Raymond Felton. I know Adam Morrison wants to get back on the court. I think I could fit in by just coming off the bench and playing great defense, hitting my open shot when its there and just helping the team all around.
(On his strengths)
My strengths are mostly my shooting, creating my own shot and just playing hard. Coming on the court, I try to give 110 percent every time I step on the court.
(On the workout)
I think it went pretty well. I think everybody competed. This is my first time being in a four-guard workout, but overall everybody competed and I think we did a tremendous job of playing and impressing the coaches.
(On what he tries to do at workouts to impress the coaching staff)
First thing, you definitely just want to play hard. Everybody bases everything on effort first. Then, you want to try to do the little intangibles that separate yourself from everybody else. As far as whatever your strengths are in basketball, stick to that. (You have to) just listen, be focused and be respectful of everybody.
(On his strengths)
My first strength in penetrating to the basket and playing defense. I get to the lane pretty easy and Im a pretty strong guard, so I can hold my own against a lot of players.
(On how playing at Georgia and in the SEC has prepared him to play in the NBA)
(It) definitely (gave me) toughness. The SEC is definitely a grind it out, defensive conference. We had Florida that won back-to-back national championships, so it is definitely competitive. Every year I got better and that was the best (thing) I could accomplish in my career.
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