June 16, 2009
Charlotte's preparation for the 2009 NBA Draft continued Tuesday at the Presbyterian Hospital Training Center in Time Warner Cable Arena with South Carolinaís Zam Fredrick , Cholet Basketís Nando De Colo (France), USCís Daniel Hackett and VMIís Travis Holmes all participating in draft workouts with the Bobcats.
Zam Fredrick averaged 15. 5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 32.2 minutes per game for the Gamecocks in his senior season at South Carolina. He led the team in 3-point field goals (61) and ranked 10th in the SEC in scoring and 11th in 3-point field goals made. Fredrick was named Second Team All-SEC by the conference's coaches. He played his first two years at Georgia Tech before transferring to South Carolina.
Nando De Colo was originally an early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. In 2008-2009, he averaged 13.1 points and 3.5 assists per game in 27.8 minutes for Cholet Basket in the first 22 French League contests of the season. He averaged 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.1 minutes per game in FIBA EuroChallenge play.
Daniel Hackett is another early entry candidate for this yearís draft. He ranks fifth all-time in assists at USC with 363. As a junior last season, he ranked first in the Pac-10 in assists (4.7 apg), eighth in steals (1.4 spg) and second in minutes (37.3 mpg). Hackett earned All-Conference Second Team honors following that season.
Travis Holmes grew up in Charlotte, NC before playing four years at Virginia Military Institute. He was named Second Team All-Big South Conference following his senior season after averaging 19.1 points on 49.7 percent shooting from the field and bringing down 6.1 rebounds each contest. His 3.22 steals per game average ranked second in the nation, trailing only his twin brother, Chavis. He finished his career ranked among VMI's all-time leaders in steals (first, 309), games played (tied second, 116), points (fifth, 1,733) and 3-point field goals made (fifth, 182).
(On his knee limiting him at the end of Tuesday's workout)
Iím nursing a little knee injury since the season. But itís nothing major though - itís the left knee, nothing major. Iím just nursing it back. Iíll be ready whenever I need to be.
(On the workout)
It was pretty good. Coach Brown he worked us out hard. We went through a lot of intense drills working on our skill level, just to see where we are at - to see and if we can be coachable.
(On working out for the Bobcats)
Every opportunity that you get is a good one - every workout you go to. You just step out here and represent yourself and your family, so you just try to play hard and to show everyone what you can do and try to get a chance to do something better for the future.
(On how well he did during workout)
I think I did pretty good, I showed my skill level, played hard and competed. I just wish that I could be at 100 percent to go hard. Iím able to go as good as I need to go, but at 100 percent, Iím a whole different person.
(On previous workouts)
I worked out with the Pacers a couple of weeks ago and when I was in Indiana there were some different scouts from other teams like the combine workout.
(On what he expected from workout)
It was different (than Indiana). It was more teaching than I though it was going to be. A lot of drill work. Coaches usually want to see you compete against the other players in other places, but Coach Brown, he's focusing on skill level, your footwork, and to see whether you can listen and learn from him. Even though you might learn it a different way, he wants to see you try it his way.
(On what it would mean to play in the NBA)
It means a whole lot. Growing up playing basketball - my father he played overseas for 10 years, he got drafted but he chose to go overseas because they offered him more money - but to be the first member of the family to make it to the next level in the NBA, it will be an important opportunity to better a lot of peopleís lives that just helped me growing up.
(On if he isnít drafted)
I have a couple of opportunities overseas, but you want to stay home, close - stay on this side of the water. But itís not disappointing to go overseas. There is a lot of good basketball over there - good opportunities where you can always work your way back.
(On where he has had offers to play overseas)
Spain, Italy and stuff like that. From talking to my agent, those are the names heís given me, but he only talks to me when itís in stone.
(On the possibility of being drafted)
I donít know, I canít say no I canít say yes. Iím just working out and hoping to catch someoneís eye and someone will hopefully want to bring me to a summer league team and get to see my talent out there. I donít know if Iíll get drafted, Iím not sure. But I know that if I donít, I have to keep working hard.
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