2011 Draft Workout - 06/01/11
Malcolm Delany – Virginia Tech – Senior
Marcus Morris – Kansas– Junior
Trey Thompkins – Georgia – Junior
Anatoly Bose – Nicholls State – Senior
Andrew Goudelock – College of Charleston – Senior
Dwight Buycks – Marquette – Senior
On the workout…
“I felt it went good. I felt all the guys were competing. It was a great workout, we got to get after it a little bit and I shot it real well.”
On if he thinks he could be a fit in Milwaukee…
“Definitely. I definitely see that it could be a fit, having another Kansas guy on the team, that wouldn’t hurt. I definitely could be a fit. I like Milwaukee, it kind of reminds me of (the University of) Kansas; kind of a smaller, quiet town, great traffic, so I’ll be good.”
On how he looks at himself at the next level…
“I definitely see me being able to play both forward positions, I mean not today. I have a lot to work on. I have to get quicker, have to get down a little more to chase those guys around, but when the time comes and the season starts and you get in better shape and things like that, I think I can play both forward positions on the defensive end first.”
On if playing for a high-profile college program prepares him for the NBA…
“It definitely prepares you a lot. I think it starts with the coaching staff. We have a great coaching staff and they kind of get you ready for those games and in practice we just go hard. We take practice to the games”
On Coach Skiles...
“I haven’t talked to him yet. Hopefully he likes me, because I like him.”
On his interview with the Bucks in Chicago…
“It was a great interview, they told me they were interested in me so I just wanted a chance to get out here and show my personality a little bit and compete against those guys and just go hard.”
On how often he exchanges notes with his twin brother, Markeiff…
“Every day. As soon as I got out of the workout I texted him and he asked me how did it go and I said it went well. We both are two competitive guys and we go hard at everything we do. I don’t think there’s one workout that’s going to kill us because we’re guys from Kansas and that’s what we’re used to. I definitely tell him the ins and outs of every workout I’ve been to.”
On what it would be like to be playing on different team than his brother…
“Definitely tough. But just from being away from each other, we can kind of move away from each other’s games. Right now if we went one-on-one, it would be the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen. We know each other’s games so well. I know where he’s going to be at, he knows where I’m going to be at, so it wouldn’t be a good look for us.”
On the draft process…
“I’m definitely nervous. I’m nervous right now talking to you all. I’m definitely nervous. I just want to go into every workout, compete and show these guys what I can do. I know they’ve watched me in college for three years and they’ve seen me develop, I just want every team that I work out for to know that my development doesn’t stop, I’m just going to keep getting better.”
On the workout..
“I think it went OK. I played pretty well, shot the ball pretty well; there’s some pretty good guys out here so it was a good opportunity to play against some real good competition. I had fun. It’s a journey, it’s a grind, I’m pretty tired, but it’s a good experience.”
On his workout schedule…
“This was (workout) number four. This is my fourth individual team workout, but I’ve had Portsmouth, New Jersey and Chicago, so this is about my seventh workout in about a month. I’ve got about 15 more. I’m not even halfway.”
On if he feels pressure to impress with his shooting each workout…
“I really don’t care. I’m the type of person that I’m going to do what I do and either you’re going to like it or you’re not. I’m going to shoot the ball; that’s what I love to do, that’s what I’ve always been comfortable doing. If I shoot the ball well then I shoot the ball well and if I don’t, then it’s on to the next workout. I’m very confident in my shot so I never feel any pressure to shoot the ball. It’s about mechanics, it’s about repetitions and those types of things. As long as you’re doing those things, everything else will speak for itself.”
On if he’s aware of the Bucks shooting woes this past season…
“Teams talk to you about that before they bring you in. They tell you some of the weaknesses and some of the things they’re looking for so coming in, you kind of know what they’re looking for. They’ve seen me shoot all year, so even if I do shoot bad, it’s not like it’s going to kill me. I know what I’m going into. It’s all a learning experience; it’s all fun, so I never feel any pressure. I’m happy to come do these types of things. It’s a great facility and it’s a very pretty city so I’m happy.”
On if he could see a fit with the Bucks…
“I could see a fit with whoever wants to take me. That’s my answer right there. But yeah, definitely, I’m the type of player that any type of system that you throw me into, I think I will fit in well because I’m a player that can come in and shoot, I can do a lot of other things too, but shooting is something that intrigues a lot of people. A lot of teams that I saw in the playoffs and a lot of teams that played this year, I saw needed somebody that could shoot. There have been so many athletic guards that can get to the rim, but the problem is when people sag off, it’s hard for them to get the buckets. A lot of teams need shooting and I think I’ll fit in.”
On the feedback he’s getting…
“Man, it’s crazy, it’s a wide range. This process is so weird because in about 20 days I’m supposed to be going somewhere and have no clue. My range is anywhere from 20-40 so you don’t really know where you’re going to be or where your life is taking you but it’s a journey. But I don’t try to control those types of things, I really don’t even ask, I just go to the next city and do what I’m supposed to do.”
On playing against Marcus Morris…
“He’s really good. He’s a really agile big man. He can move, he can shoot the ball, he can do a lot of things that I know are intriguing to a lot of people. I’ve seen him play at Kansas a bunch on TV so I already knew about his game but getting out here to play against him, it was a real good experience. Playing against really good big men, is something that I really haven’t done. Being at the College of Charleston, it’s a little bit tougher to see some of those guys, but when you come out here and see Trey Thompkins, Marcus Morris, these big guys, it’s a blessing for me.”
On the workout…
“I think it was great. It wasn’t really that tiring, had some good people out there with us, good players, so it made it competitive. I think it was real good overall.”
On Buzz Williams preparing his players for the draft…
“I think I came in prepared. We do a lot of conditioning from the start. There’s never any days where you’re not working hard. I kind of think that helped out a lot; just the conditioning we did every day, I think kind of added up, after the season was over with, it never stopped and we just kept on playing and working out, giving your body a little time, but I think all that adding up helped out a lot in this workout.”
On the feedback he’s getting…
“I really haven’t had any feedback yet. (If he had to answer the question for himself…) I’d say just staying consistent with my shooting, make tough shots, keep having confidence in my shot, never get down and just keep wanting to guard, playing on the defensive end, and I think everything should be fine.”
On if he’s glad he had point guard experience at Marquette…
“It helped out a lot (being in the) Big East playing the point. You go up against a lot of good guards night in and night out, it’s great games. To play point guard in the Big East, it says a lot and my team had trust in me so I think that helped out a lot for the next level.”
On today’s workout…
“First workout today. We had six players in today; we’ll have a series of six workouts scheduled at this time, of course with six players each. We have the 10th and 40th pick in the draft this year so we’re starting to evaluate the prospects with both the picks.
On the workout schedule…
“The workouts this week will go today through Saturday. Next week we’ll take a break from the workouts because I have to go over to Italy with possibly John Hammond and look at some of the players over there from the Eurocamp that are eligible for the draft and then we’ll resume the workouts again the following week.”
On the Eurocamp…
“There’s 40 of the top European prospects, young players that are draft-eligible this year. So we’ll get a chance to go over there and see what some of those players might be that we’ll consider with the 40th pick in the draft. I don’t think there are any players over there that will participate in the workouts that will be in the top-10 category. There might be some players there that we’ll have a chance to interview that won’t come over for workouts but will probably be first round selections. So we’ll get a chance to evaluate those players as well. I’m actually going to be working a camp as a coach, so that will be a good opportunity to see what the work ethic of the players are, what kind of condition they’re in and that sort of thing.”
Thoughts on Marcus Morris…
“I thought he played very well. I thought he did some things in the workouts, you get a chance to see these players do some things that they probably don’t do that much when they’re out there with their college team, but he’s a versatile forward that can play both forward positions. We had a chance to interview him at the pre-draft camp in Chicago, very impressive interview, a very impressive player today with his ability to play the inside, outside, knock down outside shots, rebounding and defend. He’s got a lot of talent; he’ll be a first-round selection, no doubt.
“He can play both (forward) spots. He’ll be a hybrid forward. With some of the smaller lineups, I can envision him playing the power forward position, but he’s also good enough with his ball handling skills out on the floor that he can play some small forward position as well.”
On the other prospects…
“Andrew Goudelock from the College of Charleston, an accomplished scorer at the college level, actually played pretty well today. He played really well at Portsmouth, Dave Babcock and I attended the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this year, and not only did he prove that he can score, but he also proved that he can play a little bit of the point guard position. (He’s) kind of a combo guard, a little bit like Marcus Thornton, who’s had success in the NBA as a guy that can score, handle the ball a little bit at times.
“Trey Thompkins from the University of Georgia was also in, 6-10, 245 power forward. Kind of more of a four than a three but also, NBA personnel will call him a stretch-four, a guy that can go out on the floor and knock down shots but we see him playing more inside.
“Dwight Buycks was also in from Marquette University. I thought he played exceptionally well. I thought he was a very tough defender, I’m sure he’s a guy, because he’s local, that we’ll probably have him back in for some other workouts in the event that there are any openings. But he was very impressive today, with his defense, as well as his ability to knock down shots and play a little bit of point guard. I’d say Buzz (Williams) does a great job of preparing his players for the next level in terms of how they practice, stay in great shape and he did an excellent job here today.
“Anatoly Bose from Nicholls State, 6-6, 200-pound small forward was also in today—outside shooter. Very good shooter outside. Not as good at handling the ball off the dribble, but definitely a great outside shooter.
“Malcolm Delaney, from Virginia Tech. Last year, there were some people in the NBA that thought if Malcolm Delaney would have entered the draft, he would have been a first-round pick. He had a good year this year, probably not as good as his previous year, a lot of teams are looking at him kind of as a combo guard, but I think he’s going to have to make an adjustment and play little bit more of a point guard in the NBA but he also had a very good workout.
“At Virginia Tech, he did a lot of scoring. He’s one of the leading scorers in their school’s history, also one of the top scorers in ACC history, but also a guy that played a little bit of the combo guard, I look at him a little bit more as a point guard.”
On if they give the benefit of the doubt to shooters/scorers in this year’s draft…
“It’s certainly a need that we have to address and something that we’ll look closely at. With the 10th pick this year, 10 and 40th as we talked about, we have latitude at 10 to go with a player at several different positions; whether it’s a backup point or combo guard or wing player or combination wing player, but definitely outside shooting will be something that we’ll look at and we need to address. Last year we were last in the NBA in field goal percentage so that’s an area that we definitely need to improve on.”
On how he rates this year’s draft…
“This year when people talk about the draft, they talk about it being a weak draft and I disagree with them a little bit. I think it’s going to be a good draft that will yield players that are good role players and every team needs them. When people talk about great drafts, you think about having players that are drafted, and especially in the lottery, that are impact players and this year I think you’re going to see a series of players that get drafted, will come in and play significant minutes and contribute in the NBA for many years to come.”
Today, the Bucks hosted their first draft workout in preparation for the 2011 NBA Draft on June 23. Today’s workout brought in six prospects: Marcus Morris, a 6-9 junior forward from Kansas, Trey Thompkins, a 6-10 junior forward from Georgia, Anatoly Bose, a 6-6 guard/forward from Nicholls State, Dwight Buycks, a 6-3 senior guard from nearby Marquette University, Malcolm Delaney, a 6-3 guard from Virginia Tech and Andrew Goudelock, a 6-2 senior guard from the College of Charleston.
The group went through a series of drills in front of the Bucks basketball staff that included Head Coach Scott Skiles and Bucks General Manager John Hammond. Below are a few news and notes that came out of today’s first draft workout.
- Today was one of four workouts scheduled for this week. More prospects will come to the Bucks Training Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Bucks Director of Scouting Billy McKinney noted that next week, he and John Hammond will be in Italy for the Adidas Eurocamp to look at draft eligible players.
- Three players at today’s workout know a thing or two about scoring in high volumes. No, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette was not in Milwaukee today, but Andrew Goudelock, Malcolm Delaney and Anatoly Bose averaged 18 or more points last season. Goudelock averaged 23.7 points last year (ranked fourth in the NCAA) for the College of Charleston and left as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Delaney averaged 20.2 points as a junior and dropped slightly to 18.7 points per game last season. In four years at Virginia Tech, he amassed 2,255 career points, good for third in school history. Bose averaged 22.1 points per game for ninth in the NCAA and also scored over 2,000 career points, finishing with 2,051 career points (third in Nicholls State history).
- It may be too early to tell what type of draft this will be, but Billy McKinney does not think this is a weak draft.
“I think it’s going to be a good draft that will yield players that are good role players and every team needs them. When people talk about great drafts, you think about having players that are drafted, and especially in the lottery, that are impact players and this year I think you’re going to see a series of players that get drafted, will come in and play significant minutes and contribute in the NBA for many years to come.”
- Marcus Morris (who is a player that some mock drafts predict will go to the Bucks at No. 10) and Andrew Goudelock both had positive things to say about the city of Milwaukee:
Morris on if he thinks he could be a good fit in Milwaukee: “I definitely could be a fit. I like Milwaukee, it kind of reminds me of (the University of) Kansas; kind of a smaller, quiet town, great traffic, so I’ll be good.”
Goudelock on coming in to workout for the Bucks: “I’m happy to come to these types of things (workouts). It’s a great facility and it’s a very pretty city so I’m happy.”
- When June 23 rolls around, that could be the first day Marcus Morris is not on the same team as his twin brother, Markieff. Both played together at Kansas and are going through the draft process separately. Marcus says he talks with his brother daily and fills him in on the ins and outs of each workout. When asked what it would be like to play on a different team, he said:
“(It would) definitely (be) tough. But just from being away from each other, we can kind of move away from each other’s games. Right now if we went one-on-one, it would be the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen. We know each other’s games so well. I know where he’s going to be at, he knows where I’m going to be at, so it wouldn’t be a good look for us.”
- Andrew Goudelock may win the award for most traveled draft prospect so far. He has had four individual team workouts and seven total after working out at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, in New Jersey and at the Chicago Draft Combine. Goudelock was in Los Angeles yesterday working out for the Lakers before arriving in Milwaukee at 12:30 a.m. today. He said he’s heading home to Charleston next and then back on the road to San Antonio. Hopefully he’s getting frequent flyer miles…