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Luke Babbitt

Luke Babbitt - Nevada - Sophomore
6/20/89 - 6'9" - 225 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Averaged 21.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal as a sophomore.
  • Shot 50.0 percent from the field, 41.6 from three and 91.7 from the free throw line (third in the nation) as a sophomore.
  • Started all 68 games for Nevada in his two seasons with the Wolf Pack.
  • The first Academic All-American in Nevada men's basketball history.



Jermaine Dixon

Jermaine Dixon - Pittsburgh - Senior
4/15/1987 - 6'3" - 200 lbs - Guard

  • Won Pitt's Best Defensive Player Award his two seasons with the Panthers.
  • Played two seasons at Tallahassee Community College where he was a two-time All-Panhandle Conference First Team selection.
  • Brother of Juan Dixon, who played with the Wizards and won a national title at Maryland.

Roderick Flemings

Roderick Flemings - Hawaii - Senior
1/21/87 - 6'7" - 210 lbs - Guard

  • Led Hawaii with 16.6 points in 2009-10 while appearing in 24 games, averaging 35.3 minutes.
  • Got to the free throw line a team-high 156 times in 2009-10, connecting on 102 (65.4 percent) to account for 21.8 percent of his points.
  • Started college career at Oklahoma State before transferring to North Texas University and, finally, Hawaii.

Ricky Franklin

Ricky Franklin - UW-Milwaukee - Senior
6'1" - 200 lbs - Guard

  • All-Horizon League Second Team honoree as a senior.
  • Led the Panthers in scoring and three-pointers made as a senior.
  • Milwaukee native; went to Riverside High School.

Anthony Mason Jr.

Anthony Mason Jr. - St. John's - Senior
9/16/1988 - 6'7" - 210 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Played five seasons at St. John's as an injury limited him to three games as a senior in 2008-09, giving him a medical redshirt season.
  • Honorable Mention All-Big East selection as a junior in 2007-08.
  • His father, Anthony Mason, played 13 seasons in the NBA, including two with the Milwaukee Bucks (2001-03).

Raymar Morgan

Raymar Morgan - Michigan State - Senior
8/8/1988 - 6'8" - 230 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • One of five players in Spartan history with 1,500 points and 700 rebounds.
  • All-Big Ten honoree all four years at Michigan State (All-Freshman Team, Second-Team as a sophomore, Honorable Mention as a junior and Third Team/HM as a senior).
  • Played in two Final Fours (2010 National Semifinal, 2009 Championship Game).


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Billy McKinney - Bucks Director of Scouting

On Luke Babbitt...
"He's been described as by some of the Web sites as the best player in the draft that people don't know about. He played at the University of Nevada this year, he was the WAC Player of the Year, the WAC Freshman of the Year his freshman year, averaged close to 20 points and almost 10 rebounds per game. We've watched him quite a bit as a freshman and as a sophomore, he really had a good year and this was one of the few times we could get him in. (We) definitely think he's going to be a player that will merit first round attention."

On why Babbitt's stock is rising...
"I think one of the things about him is he's a better athlete than much people view him and that's one of the things that I talked to our staff about as I had gone out and scouted him. He's deceptively athletic. His numbers at the combine were off the chart, but he's a multi-dimensional player that rebounds and plays defense, plays hard, plays with the kind of commitment that we like on both ends of the floor."

On if he expects Babbitt to be available at pick No. 15...
"We're not sure. He could be there at 15, but I know he's also going into Utah to workout with the Utah Jazz and they have the ninth pick in the draft. He appeals to a lot of people because of the way he plays."

On the other guys that worked out today...
"Anthony Mason Jr. played very well. Of course everyone here in Wisconsin is familiar with his father who played with the Bucks and had a nice, long stint in the NBA. Raymar Morgan from Michigan State played extremely well in addition to that. The rest of the players are players that could be second round picks or probably free agents."

On if he saw second round potential in some guys...
"Yeah, you know, Raymar is a guy that you look at the course of his career, Michigan State has had a tremendous amount of success as a team, and his career, the scouts would say that when he was a freshman, that he was a guy that was probably looked at as a lottery pick and his career has gone kind of up and down. He's had to battle some injuries so whenever you have a player like that that was projected early on in his career, you have to keep checking on him, even if his numbers have diminished a little bit."

On how Ricky Franklin did...
"He did well. Ricky played well. He ended up, toward the end of the workout, having cramps in his calf. One of the things that I was talking to our staff about, John Hammond and Jeff Weltman and Dave Babcock, was that players come in for a workout at the pro level for the first time and you think, as a college player, well I'm really in great shape and then when you go through one of these workouts, you really understand the next level and what it takes to be really committed, physically to get there. So I think he ran out of a little steam there but he did a really nice job, as did Roderick Flemings, who went to Hawaii and Jermaine Dixon who went to the University of Pittsburgh."

On Franklin possibly catching on with a summer league team...
"Summer league teams, that's good, and sometimes, players are concerned about being drafted. A lot of times, if you're not drafted, it could be the best thing for you, for one reason in particular, you can pretty much pick and choose the team that you think fits your skill set the best and also might have spots available."

On Babbitt's shooting range...
"He's a good long-range shooter and that will become better as he becomes a pro player and his mid-range game is very good. If you look at the NBA games now, and this is just kind of my opinion, you see the long-range, the three-point shots, so many teams and players focus on the three-point, it's kind of sometimes feast or famine. You've got a three-point game or you go all the way to the basket, and the mid-range game is the game that suffers a little bit. Luke Babbitt has that nice mid-range, 15 to 17 (foot) pull-up jump shot that's effective. In addition to that, he also has the ability to play with his back to the basket and post up. When I first saw him play, the player that he reminded me of, because he's left handed, was a miniature version of David Lee of the New York Knicks."

On if Babbitt can play the four...
"Absolutely. You look at the NBA, again, it is about mismatches and size. You see so many times, you are watching a team play and there's not that many true centers, there's not that many true forwards, you see so many players that are playing hybrid positions, whether they're considered a four/three or a three/four, Luke Babbit falls into that category."

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Luke Babbitt

On the workout...
"It was a good workout. It was competitive, a lot of three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one stuff, it was a good workout. This was my third plus the combine in Chicago. (I've also worked out with) Miami and San Antonio."

On if he thinks he can play the four in the NBA...
"I might play a little, I don't know. It depends on what the team needs and what the coaches want and what they draft me for. But I feel like I could or I could play the three.

On him moving up the charts and putting stock into mock drafts...
"No, I don't put any stock into it. I just go where they tell me to workout and try to do my best at every workout and whatever happens on draft day happens."

On working out for Utah with them having the ninth pick...
"As a player, you always want to do the best you can. Utah is a good team, Milwaukee is a really good team and I just want to play on a good team (with a) good coach. As high as they are, it's nice, but I'd rather get on a good team.

On how he would describe his game...
"I think I can bring offense, spread the floor, shoot it, put it down on the dribble and I think I'm known for my offense, mostly, but just a guy that can help the team win."

On what he knows about the Bucks...
"It's a tough team and it starts with their head coach. I watched them in the playoffs against the Hawks, they're tough, mentally tough. They have young talent and it's looking great for the future."

On if he likes the Bucks young nucleus of Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut...
"Oh yeah, how could you not like that? That's two young guys and that's good for them, they can build around those two guys for a long time. I'm sure that's what they're looking to do, put pieces around those guys and continue what they've started. They've already got a good thing going."

On shooting 43 percent from three last year...
"That's one thing I always worked on, being able to shoot the basketball. I guess I'll probably do that at the next level too, I'll hopefully be a good shooter. That's what I always work on and put a lot of time into it."

On coming out as a sophomore...
"I don't know that anything's changed from when I left school, but this is what I want to do. I want to be a pro, I want to play in the NBA and I know I'm ready, so of course I'm 100 percent, no regrets at all."

On working out with the other big men...
"Raymar (Morgan), Roderick (Flemings) from Hawaii, we played against each other, there was a lot of good players here. It was a good workout and it was fun seeing all of these guys again. I knew some of them from college and it was good seeing everybody."

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Ricky Franklin

On the workout being tough...
"Yeah it was pretty tough. The start of it, it was kind of intense, it's just something that you have to prepare yourself for. If you come in in shape, you'll do pretty good, but it was an intense workout. I cramped up towards the end a little bit a couple times but I just know I better prepare myself for the next one."

On how he did...
"I think I did pretty good. A lot of good guards here and I think I did pretty good."

On if it was exciting to be working out for his hometown team...
"Yeah, it was real exciting, being able to be around the staff and the other players. It was a really good opportunity."

On the feedback he's getting...
"This was my first workout so I'll really just be waiting to see what the guys say after I leave here."

On if anything surprised him from the workout...
"Not really, I really wasn't surprised. You just keep going with repetitions; just keep going back and forth, back and forth. There's really not that long to rest, but that was really the only thing that surprised me."

On what the future holds for him...
"I still want to continue playing basketball. I want to make a career out of this. I'm going to keep pushing until I make it."

On getting on a summer league team...
"I'm hoping so; that's what I'm working for right now."

On the difference between being in shape for college and in shape for the NBA...
"It's a huge difference. Being in college, it's a lot of up and down, but there's more time to rest, get your breath. In the NBA, it's a lot of back and forth, the court is bigger, bigger, stronger players and everybody is faster at the next level."

On if he'll change his workout routine...
"Yeah I'm going to change a lot about how I work out. Run a little bit more, try to get in better shape, lose a few pounds. My weight is up a little bit from the season, but I'm just going to have to work at it a little harder."

On anyone standing out...
"Especially a couple of the bigs. Luke Babbitt, I watched him during the season, I didn't know he could shoot it as well as he could. A lot of the guys really impressed me with how they shot. I watched them during the season, but a couple of the big guys didn't really shoot as much. A lot of the guys were on the block, but I didn't know their range was as deep as it was."

On the talent level in first round picks being similar to those that go undrafted...
"I would say the talent level isn't that different, but a lot of the guys that go higher, they probably had a better season, a higher program, better workouts. Guys that go undrafted just have to work a little bit harder to get into the system."

On viewing his workouts with NBA teams as a success...
"I consider it a success and a privilege. I've been through a lot to get here and hopefully I can get to the next step and succeed at the next level."

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Anthony Mason, Jr.

On the workout...
"I think the workout went fairly well. This was my first workout, so I was a little winded at first but I caught a second wind towards the end and I think it went well."

On the three-on-three portion...
"The three-on-three part, I like that a lot, knocking down the open shots and you got to play with the players. It was good playing with Raymar (Morgan), getting together back with Flem (Roderick Flemings), I used to play with him a long time ago back in high school, so it was just fun, a fun experience, a good experience."

On what he learned from the workout...
"Being in condition and being prepared for this stuff, mentally and physically. I think coming into a workout, you just have to be prepared."

On his schedule...
"This weekend I've got two days off and then I go to Miami on Monday and then after that I've got OKC and a couple others. I have to get my schedule together but I've got probably about six or seven more lined up. Everything is going well so far."

On his hopes for the draft...
"Because of the situation back in college, I got hurt and my name slipped away. So I'm trying to get my face and my name back out there, showing the guys that I can play and I am able to get in this league and do something for a team."

On what his dad told him about the Bucks...
"As a child, I was running around here, so it's funny being in here now trying out for the team. Once I was a little (kid) just running around shooting and trying to play with Ray Allen. He told me it was good people here but it's a different cast. There were a couple of people I met that said they saw me when I was young but I don't remember."

On how hands on his dad has been in his development...
"More vocally. We played two different positions. This past year when I played the post more at St. John's, he came out and we worked out a little bit on hooks and different positions. Because he's a vet, he knows different moves and different positions that I don't. We workout and we talk a lot."

On Wesley Matthews being an inspiration as going undrafted and starting on a team...
"Definitely. Wesley is a good friend of mine because I played against him all four years he was at Marquette, so he's definitely a good motivation of players coming from under the radar and getting back on the scene. This is my first workout so hopefully I'll create a buzz and (that will) get me back out there. Seeing what Wes did, starting as an undrafted rookie, being in the playoffs, doing as well as he did, is definitely motivation and big ups to him."

On fitting into a team and a system as an undrafted free agent...
"Throughout these workouts, I don't keep my head down. I'm self-motivated and pretty aware of everything that's going on. It's just that one team, so I need to come in and give it all I've got every time I come in. If the coach likes me, he likes me, get that buzz started, talk back to my agent and see where we go after that. It's that one team."

On how he can help an NBA team...
"I think my best asset is my versatility. I can post up a smaller guard and be on the wing in my natural position as a two or a three. Then being able to knock down the open jumper. My athletic ability helps a lot because I'm able to jump high, rebound and able to defend."

On if his dad talked with him about the transition to the professional game off the court...
"He spoke to me a little bit about it, but it's more of an experience for me because I saw it first hand; seeing him out here playing and seeing the different things he went through and me noticing those things as a child. We speak about it and we speak now about things that I can't do to make those same decisions. I guess it was a good person to watch growing up because he went through trials and tribulations and came out big. He had to go across seas and come back, he went through things in the NBA that he had to go through and it just helped me out to see that and give me a clearer path to walk through. I think it helped a lot and he speaks to me a lot about the transition. I mean, I was in college for four years and graduated. I'm the first child and everything so the responsibility is already there."

On the Bucks organization...
"I like their way of play right now. They've got B. (Brandon) Jennings at the point. He's a very creative player and playing alongside a guy like that is really good, especially with somebody like me. (I can) knock down the open shot, can jump with him, (John) Salmons is on the other wing, then you've got (Andrew) Bogut in the middle so I like their style of play a lot."

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Jermaine Dixon

On the workout...
"It was good. It was something like I expected. You have to be in shape when you go into these workouts, but it went well. This was my first one, getting my feet up under me and getting ready for the next ones that I have."

On his strengths...
"Getting to the basket, shooting the mid-range jump shots."

On what he can work on...
"My long ball. I need to work on that a lot more. And passing, I have to work on my passing, too."

On if he's talked to his brother, Juan Dixon, who spent seven years in the NBA after winning an NCAA Championship at Maryland...
"I talked to my brother. He told me to just go hard. That's the best thing you can do is just go hard at everything you do. Me and him workout together now. I just got back from L.A. and I started working out with him, so that's definitely going to help me more."

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Roderick Flemings

On the workout...
"I feel like it went well. You have to be in shape to compete with these guys. I feel like I've been in good shape, working out in Vegas. I feel good about it."

On his strengths...
"My strengths are my size, my mid-range game. I'm left-handed, so a lot of guys have a hard time guarding me. My post moves, too."

On what he can work on...
"My perimeter game, defense, everything. You can get better at everything. Ball-handling, lots of things."

On Milwaukee...
"I could see myself with a team like the Bucks. I followed the Bucks a lot this year."

On college...
"It was a great experience playing out in Hawaii. What could be better than Hawaii?"

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Raymar Morgan

On the workout...
"It was a good workout. It was a lot of playing, which is always fun, so this workout was exciting."

On his other workouts...
"This is my fourth one, so I've done three. The other workouts were more structured, but this one was a lot more two-on-two, three-on-three. A lot of just playing and showing your game."

On what he could bring to an NBA team...
"Definitely defense and rebounding. I feel like I can knock down an open shot, but I hang my hat on defense and rebounding."

On what he could improve on...
"Just extending my range and just knocking it down consistently. I'm more of a slasher, but I still feel like I can hit the open shot."

On going to two Final Fours with Michigan State...
"It was a great experience. A lot of people don't even get to experience one, and I experienced two. A lot of players can't say that."

On fellow Michigan State alum Charlie Bell...
"Me and Charlie are pretty cool. Charlie's a good guy. He comes back to Michigan State a lot, so me and Charlie talked quite a bit."

On advice from Bell and others...
"Just work hard. That's from any Spartan. I'm sure they all have the same advice."

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The Best of the Rest
Plenty of opportunities remain for players who aren't drafted
By Brett Winkler

On June 24, 60 prospects will find a new professional home during the annual NBA Draft. But for those who aren't assigned a team on that upcoming Thursday, the dream of playing in the NBA will still be alive and well on June 25 and beyond.

Of the six prospects the Bucks hosted at the Cousins Center this Thursday, exactly three weeks prior to draft day, most project to be possible second round picks or undrafted free agents when all is said and done. Luke Babbitt (Nevada, sophomore, 6-9, 225) figures to be a first-rounder and potential lottery pick, but for Jermaine Dixon (Pittsburgh, senior, 6-3, 200), Roderick Flemings (Hawaii, senior, 6-7, 210), Ricky Franklin (UW-Milwaukee, senior, 6-1, 200), Anthony Mason Jr. (St. John's, senior, 6-7, 210) and Raymar Morgan (Michigan State, senior, 6-8, 230), the future is less certain. As Bucks Director of Scouting Billy McKinney pointed out, though, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

"Sometimes players are concerned about being drafted," McKinney said. "A lot of times, if you're not drafted, it could be the best thing for you. For one reason in particular, you can pretty much pick and choose the team that you think fits your skill set the best and also might have spots available."

Just as NBA teams spend the pre-draft process searching for the players that best fit in with their existing talents and personalities, the roles are reversed when the draft passes. Oftentimes, players are allowed to pick between a variety of summer league squads and eventually training camp rosters.

Such was the case for Marquette's Wesley Matthews last year, who, after not receiving a phone call on draft night, joined the Sacramento Kings summer league team in Las Vegas before heading to the Orlando summer league with the Utah Jazz. Matthews parlayed his summer of basketball into a spot on Utah's 15-man roster. Later that same season, the player that nearly every NBA squad passed on had earned quality minutes and a starting role in the playoffs for the Jazz.

For someone like Mason Jr., Matthew's story is an inspiration.

"Wesley is a good friend of mine because I played against him all four years he was at Marquette," Mason Jr., whose father spent two seasons with the Bucks from 2001-03, said of Matthews. "So he's definitely a good motivation to players coming from under the radar and getting back on the scene.

"This is my first workout, so hopefully I'll create a buzz and (that will) get me back out there. Seeing what Wes did, starting as an undrafted rookie, being in the playoffs, doing as well as he did, it's definitely motivation and big ups to him."

Milwaukee native and Riverside High School alum Ricky Franklin, who hopes to take a similar path as Matthews by latching on with someone in the summer league, knows that possible undrafted free agents are not to be overlooked.

"I would say the talent level isn't that different," Franklin said, comparing first rounders to the players that go undrafted. "A lot of the guys that go higher, they probably had a better season, a higher program, better workouts."

While changing in the Bucks locker room after the workout, players who are unsure of their draft status need not look any further than to a certain nameplate above a locker at the Cousins Center to find proof of the success that can come for the undrafted. Charlie Bell, who played briefly in the NBA and then overseas after going undrafted in 2001, signed with Milwaukee in 2005 and has spent the past five years with the Bucks.

Back to present day, McKinney sees a potentially similar story in fellow Michigan State grad Morgan.

"Michigan State has had a tremendous amount of success as a team during his career." McKinney said of Morgan. "The scouts would say that when he was a freshman, that he was a guy that was probably looked at as a lottery pick and his career has gone kind of up and down. He's had to battle some injuries, so whenever you have a player like that that was projected early on in his career, you have to keep checking on him, even if his numbers have diminished a little bit."

Whether the players who worked out in front of Bucks officials on June 3 wind up in the lottery or in the undrafted free agent market, they will ultimately be judged based on how they perform on the court and not where they were picked in the draft. And Ricky Franklin's key to overcoming the undrafted label is simple.

"Guys that go undrafted just have to work a little bit harder."

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