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Matt Bouldin

Matt Bouldin - Gonzaga - Senior
1/7/88 - 6'5" - 224 lbs - Guard

  • Increased his scoring average in each of his four seasons at Gonzaga, starting at 8.9 and ending at 15.6.
  • Saw his rebound and assist numbers increase as he began with averages of 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists and finished with 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Wayne Chism

Wayne Chism - Tennessee - Senior
6/16/87 - 6'9" - 246 lbs - Forward

  • Averaged 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior in starting 36 of 37 games.
  • Shot 46.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three as a senior.
  • Finished his college career with 1,608 points, 930 rebounds and 152 blocks in 142 games.

Keith

Keith "Tiny" Gallon - Oklahoma - Freshman
6'9" - 296 lbs - Forward

  • Finished fourth on the team with 10.3 points and first with 7.9 rebounds.
  • Hit 54.7 percent of his field goal attempts (122-223).
  • Attended Oak Hill Academy for his Junior and Senior years of high school.

Gani Lawal

Gani Lawal - Georgia Tech - Junior
11/7/88 - 6'9" - 234 lbs - Forward

  • Named to All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team twice, was a mid-season candidate for the Naismith Award as a junior.
  • Led Georgia Tech in scoring and rebounding for two straight years.
  • One of 16 players in Georgia Tech history with 1,000-plus points (1,167) and 600-plus rebounds (712).

Jon Scheyer

Jon Scheyer - Duke - Senior
8/24/87 - 6'5" - 190 lbs - Guard

  • Led Duke in points (18.2) and assists (4.9) as a senior. Increased his numbers in both of those categories in each season at Duke.
  • Knocked down a team-best 110 three-pointers and was successful from long distance at a 38.3 percent rate as a senior.
  • Active in Duke's community outreach reading program in the Durham school district.

Deon Thompson

Deon Thompson - North Carolina - Senior
9/16/1988 - 6'8" - 245 lbs - Forward

  • Led the Tar Heels in scoring (13.7 points), was second in rebounding (6.7 rebounds) his senior year and played an NCAA-record 152 games over his four-year career.
  • Part of UNC's 2009 National Championship team.
  • Named team MVP for the 2009-10 season.


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Billy McKinney - Bucks Director of Scouting

On the workout...
"First of all, I have to say that this was probably one of the best workouts we've had this year. Every time we bring players in we have a breakfast meeting and it was a really delightful group of young men to talk to. Then on the court today, the talents were evenly matched and the competitive spirit was really great. We felt like we learned a lot more about some of the players that we watched during the course of their career and have talked to at the Chicago pre-draft camp and even in Minnesota."

On what he saw today that he didn't see in the Minnesota workouts...
"Deon Thompson was a new player to the game here. He played at North Carolina and of course had a really good career there. They struggled this year and being able to evaluate him more outside of the North Carolina system was really good for us. A lot of times during the course of the year we're able to see a player in the context of how he plays for his team, but getting in our workouts we're able to further evaluate things that we want to see and how he can play and fit into our system."

On Wayne Chism...
"He's bigger than advertised. I've watched Tennessee play several times this season and I thought he was probably 6-7 maybe at tops, an undersized power forward. But he's a legitimate 6-9, evenly proportioned competitor. He played very well today."

On Gani Lawal...
"He played well, too. It was a very competitive group, Gani Lawal going against Wayne Chism, sometimes Tiny Gallon and other times Deon Thompson. He's very athletic, really good offensive rebounder and plays well off the ball."

On Keith "Tiny" Gallon...
"Well that tells you a lot. It's kind of an oxymoron when you look at Tiny he's a big man. What I can say about him is that he's done a great job of maintaining his weight, or getting it down. He started out, we talked to him in Chicago, he weighed 350 in high school. He's down to 295 now, so his trend, in terms of his weight, has been going down. I'm sure once he gets with a pro team and is able to work with a strength and conditioning coach on a regular basis, he's going to be even smaller. Maybe he'll be Tiny, version two."

On Gallon making a name for himself aside from playing with Brandon Jennings in high school...
"That's very important at this level for him. They played together at Oak Hill Academy for those people that don't know that, and he and Brandon have a very good relationship, but in terms of how he will play in the pro game is going to depend on his merit--his work ethic, his commitment to keeping his weight down and improving his skill as a player."

On Gallon's shooting ability...
"He's got good range. Tiny Gallon is 6-9, 295 and he has the ability to knock down outside shots. But when you have that kind of girth and those kinds of skills, you want to see a guy like that work down low a little bit. It's going to add to his game that he can post up down low as well as play out on the perimeter."

On the group consisting of probable second rounders...
"There are some players that could slip into the first round, but I'm viewing it as a group of very solid second round players."

On the Bucks success in the second round...
"Not only the second round for us, but there have been a lot of great second round impact players in the NBA. I can go back to history now, Mark Price from Georgia Tech was a second round pick and turned out to be an NBA All-Star. Dennis Rodman in the '86 draft, which was a controversial draft, ended up probably being the best player in that draft. There are some nuggets in the second round, whereas people are focused on the first round, of course, with the money that's guaranteed to those players for a three or four year period. We have to be diligent about our work as we were with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and know that we can find players in the second round that can be productive players in the NBA. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Michael Redd was also a second round pick."

On what he expects from the second round picks...
"I've always believed that regardless of where you're drafted in the NBA, you have to come in with a sense of urgency. Mbah a Moute started for us and he was a second round pick. We had some success this year as a playoff team and we know that the expectations of what we want to achieve internally are higher, as they are with our fan base and our supporters. We feel like a player coming in here, there's a message we want to send out. There's time for development but you have to develop within the context of the game as well and not just practice."

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Matt Bouldin

On the workout...
"It went well. It was a good group of guys. We competed really hard. A lot of them knew how to play basketball, which was a perk. It was a good workout."

On his previous workouts...
"This was my third one. I went to Minnesota and then I was in Washington with the Wizards, then this was number three."

On what he needs to work on...
"Everything. I need to become a better defender. My shots need to continue to get better. My ball-handling could continue to get better. I'd say those are my main three."

On his strengths...
"I think I'm smart. I think I usually make shots. I'm a pretty good passer and my basketball I.Q. is probably one of my biggest strengths."

On where he's heard he'll be drafted...
"You hear you're in the mix with a lot of teams, but you never really know until the (draft on June) 24th."

On Milwaukee...
"This is my first time. It seems like a good city. I'm sure when they're winning it's a lot of fun."

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Deon Thompson

On the workout...
"I think it went really good. Everybody played hard and guys battled and hustled after the ball and things like that. I think everybody helped themselves today."

On how today compared to his previous workouts...
"I've been to Detroit and Houston. I think they were all up there. I felt like this was probably one of my best ones out of the three. It went pretty well."

On winning a National Championship in 2009 with North Carolina...
"It was amazing. That's what everybody goes to college for besides getting a good education and obviously fulfill their dream and maybe make it to the NBA one day. You definitely go to play for a National Championship, so it definitely felt good to do it the way we did. The year before we lost to Kansas and were embarrassed a bit, to come back and win it was really fulfilling."

On how his experience as a champion helps prepare him for the NBA...
"I think it shows people that I can play on a winning team, be a part of a winning team and contribute to winning. I think every NBA team, that's their main goal to win a championship. To show that I can be a part of a team that wins something like that, I think that helps."

On his strengths...
"Definitely scoring the ball down low. That's something I can do is score. I'll grab some rebounds here and there and be a guy that can help their team and do whatever is necessary to help their team win."

On what he can work on...
"Continue to play hard, from beginning to end to play hard and continue to be consistent."

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Gani Lawal

On the workout...
"It was cool. It was smooth, not bad. I think I did alright."

On how this workout compares to his previous workouts...
"This was my fourth one. Most of them are kind of similar. Some shooting, some one-on-one, two-on-two."

On what his strengths are...
"Energy, rebounding, running the floor and my athleticism."

On what he can work on...
"Shooting, ball-handling, all the little stuff."

On if he can see himself in Milwaukee...
"Yeah, especially with a PG like Brandon Jennings. He can't do anything but get better."

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Keith "Tiny" Gallon

On how he got the nickname Tiny...
"I've had that since I was in eighth grade at like 13 years old. I was a big man; a big boy. I didn't like it at first because I thought it was a girl's name. It was a big joke. Everybody used to call me Tiny but it stuck with me and now I prefer Tiny instead of Keith."

On going from 350 pounds to 296...
"It was just hard work and dedication that I put towards my high school career. I thank Coach (Steve) Smith for pointing me towards the limelight. I started working hard my senior year then my college year I started dropping more weight with my strength and conditioning coach. I played at like 295 my freshman year and right now I'm around the same weight."

On showing his dedication to keeping his weight down...
"That's what everybody questions. My skill level is not a question, nobody is worrying about that, (they're wondering) am I dedicated, am I going to get in better shape. I try to show the coach and show the GM that I'm dedicated to this game. This is something I love to do every day."

On seeing his high school teammate Brandon Jennings having success with the Bucks...
"Anything is possible. He told me if you come here dedicated, work hard and you want it, anything can happen. He had what, 55 points his seventh game? I always knew Brandon was a scorer. In high school he averaged 35 his senior year, so when I heard about Brandon coming out and having 55, it was nothing new. But in the NBA game, as a rookie, that's something great."

On if his chemistry with Jennings can help him at the NBA level...
"It can help me if I do come here with the Bucks with me and Brandon having such long chemistry. He knows I like to play. He can find me open shots and get me open. He knows I love to play basketball just as much as him. Off the court, we have good chemistry too. Me and him off the court, we like to chill, watch movies and have fun. With me coming here, he'd be like a big brother. I know it seems kind of funny with him being little but he's like a big brother. He could mentor me through my rookie year and we'd have success."

On the tattoo that reads "misunderstood" on his neck...
"I'm misunderstood about a lot of things. I guess my image I had when I was young, being a big guy, playing at a certain weight, a lot of people think I won't work hard, a lot of people think I won't dedicate myself but they see I can now. Playing at 295, 290 and I did it by myself. It wasn't like I had a personal trainer, I didn't have any special nutritionist coming out and telling me what to eat, I just did it all myself. A lot of people still have me misunderstood now. They question me, would I work hard, would I do this, but every workout I'm going to show the GM and coaches that I can do it and that I'm dedicated to this game."

On any advice he's received from Brandon Jennings...
"He just told me once I get here, because everybody has a strong belief that I will be playing professional basketball next season, he said, once you get here, you can't be pouting. Coach is not going to hold your hand through this, this is a business. That's basically what he told me and get ready for a whole different basketball. And I told Brandon I was ready for it."

On if Brandon's success is encouraging...
"It's a lot of positive energy, seeing one of my good friends coming out here and having 55 and taking his team to the playoffs without Drew (Andrew Bogut), that's a big thing. He's scoring, has assists, whatever he can do, it gave me a lot of positive energy."

On what he worked on today...
"I did a lot of mid-range pull-ups. I don't know how many I shot but I know we shot a lot of shots through the drills and I was making almost every one. We did a lot of three-on-three and one-on-one and I was hitting a lot of pull-up shots. I only shot like three threes, which was a big surprise for me."

On there being a certain standard at Oak Hill...
"I think every player that played at Oak Hill had success coming from Carmelo (Anthony) to Rajon (Rondo) to Jerry (Stackhouse) to Josh Smith. I want to be one of the players that went to Oak Hill and had success coming out. The next great player could be Doron Lamb next year. He could be a one and done or a two and done, whatever he does, I just want to be in that category with the great Oak Hill (players). It is a real long list. It was there before I was even born. When I first came to the school I saw all the names on the walls, all the championships like back in the 70's and I was like man. I was born in '91. I wasn't even thought of, my momma was still young. It is a big thing to accomplish."

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Wayne Chism

On the workout...
"I felt great. A lot of different workouts so I feel good about how I did."

On the whole process...
"It's very hard because you have to prepare yourself to come out and play hard everyday. Especially through the workouts, you want to show your best so you can try to make a team."

On how he matched up with Deon Thompson and Tiny Gallon...
"I loved the match-up, I loved the banging around on the inside. They're both physical players and they both are good."

On what makes him standout...
"You know, I don't know. I competed though and that's the biggest thing. I competed and I stayed physical with those two guys but they play hard."

On making an impact regardless of where he's drafted...
"I'm going to come in and make an impact if I'm first or second round. It doesn't matter, that's how I play. I come in and try to make myself better every time I go into a workout. So if I'm second round I'm going to come in, I'm going to make myself known. If I'm first I'm still going to do the same thing."

On playing for Bruce Pearl...
"He was a great guy. He was like a father figure. He took his team under his wing and really made the team try to be a great team. The success we had, he came in and turned the Tennessee program around."

On Pearl wearing orange suits and going shirtless at a Tennessee women's basketball game...
"That actually helped him. It helped everybody actually because everybody's starting to notice Tennessee basketball so that's when everybody starts coming to the games to see what tie he has on or what jacket he has on or what outfit he has on because he made that when he got there. That was a great thing he did and you can see the crowd turned out to be pretty big when he started."

On the team taking on Pearl's personality...
"The way his personality goes is how he uses it to talk to the team and how the team can connect with coach. Instead of being one of those coaches that doesn't want to talk to the team, Coach Pearl talked to you in that way, the yelling way, the nice way, back to that way. So he's back and forth with the way he talked to you but the way he talked to you was just like you were one of his own. He loved to have fun."

On Bruce Pearl putting Tennessee men's basketball on the map...
"He put us on the map but I'm not going to say we're up there with the girls, because that's eight national championships and we (made the) Elite Eight. So it's tough to compare Coach Pearl to Pat Summit but they're both great coaches. Coach Pearl is making himself known in Knoxville and in Tennessee basketball."

On Pearl being a parent figure and a friend...
"He really established that at the University of Tennessee with the fans, the coaching staff and the players and we all connected with Coach. There's barely (any) dislikes on the team. We have our times where we don't want to talk to him but there's also the times where he calls you in the office that he has to talk to you and that's when he becomes the father figure."

On Pearl working out with the team...
"He lifted with us and everything. He did everything we did, except for the running part. He lifted weights but not the running part."

On if Pearl talked about his time in Milwaukee...
"He talked about it, he had great teams here, especially the Sweet 16 team he had. One of his grad assistants, Mark Pancratz is on his staff and he played with Coach Pearl on that good run that he had. The way he talked to Mark, Mark is relaying it to everybody else that Coach Pearl is a great guy and that's why Coach Pearl is getting all the great players to come in."

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Jon Scheyer

On what he wants to show with the workouts...
"Well I think this is my chance for teams to see me up close. I feel certain things they can't see when you watch it on TV is how hard you play and the way you talk and little things like that. So for me, I just try to play as hard as I can and really not worry about what people say about what I can or cannot do. I'm just trying to play my game regardless."

On how he would fit in with the Bucks...
"I think it's a great opportunity to play here. First, it's close to my home, which I love. With the team they have, they obviously have Brandon Jennings, who is a great guard, but I feel I could definitely help them so it would be a great opportunity for me."

On if he grew up a Bulls fan...
"I did grow up a Bulls fan, especially with Michael Jordan, and being in Chicago, I don't know many people who weren't Bulls fans. The closer I've gotten to this process, the more I've become neutral going through this whole thing, so I'm looking forward to the rest of the places that I go to and the opportunities."

On if he's workout out for Charlotte (the closest team to his alma mater, Duke)...
"As of right now I'm not but I still have workouts scheduled and things switching, but at this point I'm not going to Charlotte."

On the national championship game and Gordon Hayward's last-second shot attempt...
"Wherever I go, people ask me about Hayward's shot. Did you think that shot was going in? You know, obviously it was a great game and you don't get to play in many games like that. That was probably the only game you get to play in, in that magnitude, so I was lucky to play in it and it's something I replay in my head from time to time."

On if he thought the shot was going in...
"I thought it had a chance, definitely. I had a good look at it and right before it was about to hit the rim I thought it wasn't going in but it was close, there's no doubt about that."

On playing for a team like Duke that many people like and dislike...
"I think a lot of people maybe dislike Duke but I think there's a lot of people that like Duke also. For as many fans as some other schools have, I think we have just as many or more. But what comes with that is people disliking us. I'm used to that, whether it be going places and people talking about you negatively, that's something that comes with the territory."

On how Duke has benefited him as far as wanting a career at the next level...
"I've played with a lot of great players during my career there already. I've played with a couple of pros. Day in and day out in practice, you're going up against really good players so it prepares you for the next level from that standpoint. I went against Gerald Henderson for three years in practice and he's with the Bobcats now. Things like that, it just prepares you for how good players are at this level."

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Championship Caliber
Two Former NCAA Champions Workout for the Bucks
By Brett Winkler

The Bucks 1971 NBA championship banner hangs on the north side of the gymnasium at the Cousins Center. Adorning the banner is the old buck caricature, wearing a sweater that proudly displays a capital letter `B' across its chest, nonchalantly spinning a basketball while watching over the June 2 workouts. Above it, with just enough imperfection to reveal that the letters were individually hand-cut, the words "World Champions" earn deserved prominence. The words are a reminder of the main objective, a reminder of what the Bucks hope to achieve. With each workout, the Bucks seek the players who will help them accomplish that championship goal.

It helps, then, to bring in players who have raised a banner themselves, as was the case with two of the prospects Wednesday.

Jon Scheyer (6-5, 190, senior) helped Duke win its first title since 2001 with a thrilling victory over Butler to cap the 2010 NCAA Tournament, while Deon Thompson (6-8, 245, senior) became a champion the previous year when North Carolina topped Michigan State.

Three other prospects helped their teams advance past the first round of the tournament in 2010, including Wayne Chism (6-9, 246, senior), whose Tennessee squad came within a point of the Final Four, along with Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin (6-5, 224, senior) and Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal (6-9, 234, junior). And although Keith "Tiny" Gallon's (6-9, 296, freshman) Oklahoma Sooners didn't qualify for this year's tournament, he played in a national championship game in high school with Oak Hill Academy (VA).

Working out in front of a Bucks staff that directed the team to a 46-36 season and their first playoff appearance since 2006, Thompson knows that his 2009 Championship experience won't hurt his cause. In 2006, the Bucks used a second round selection on David Noel, who departed the Tar Heels the year before Thompson's freshman season after helping North Carolina to the 2005 National Title.

"It shows people that I can play on a winning team," Thompson said of his championship experience. "I think every NBA team, that's their main goal--to win a championship. To show that I can be a part of a team that wins something like that, I think that helps."

Fellow NCAA Champion Scheyer relished his opportunity to play for a title just a few months ago, an experience that he can draw upon as he prepares for the NBA.

"It was a great game and you don't get to play in many games like that," the senior guard said. "I was lucky to play in it and it's something I replay in my head from time to time."

While there was no championship game being played on Wednesday, Bucks Director of Scouting Billy McKinney was pleased with the atmosphere created by having proven winners compete against one another in the workout setting.

"I have to say that this was probably one of the best workouts we've had this year," McKinney said. "The talents were evenly matched and the competitive spirit was really great."

According to McKinney, that talent on the court Wednesday projects to mostly solid second rounders, but that doesn't mean that the players won't be major contributors on winning teams, as the Bucks own history suggests.

"I've always believed that regardless of where you're drafted in the NBA, you have to come in with a sense of urgency," McKinney said. "(Luc Richard) Mbah a Moute started for us and he was a second round pick. We had some success this year as a playoff team and we know that the expectations of what we want to achieve internally are higher, as they are with our fan base and our supporters."

To match and eventually exceed those increasingly greater expectations, the Bucks continue to do their due diligence in the pre-draft process. Milwaukee's busy week of draft workouts concludes Thursday, as six more prospects will take to the court and perform in front of Bucks personnel and, of course, in front of the 1971 NBA championship banner.

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