Draft Central - June 15th 2010

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Mikhail Torrance

Mikhail Torrance - Alabama - Senior
9/10/1988 - 6'5" - 210 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Finished career ranked second in Alabama history with a .862 free throw percentage. Scored in double figures 49 times in his career, including 13 games of 20 or more. Named Second Team All-SEC as a senior.
  • Strengths: Big, athletic point guard with a versatile skill set and unselfish game. Aggressive and creative player with the ball in his hands, having a strong left-handed dribble despite being right-handed. Creative passer with good court vision. Excellent defensive potential.

Willie Warren

Willie Warren - Oklahoma - Sophomore
10/22/1989 - 6'4" - 210 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: An Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore in 2009-10. A Second-Team All-Big 12 selection as a freshman in 2008-09. Unanimous choice as Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Seven-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week (one shy of league record).
  • Strengths: Slices between defenders. Great stop-start speed. Creative with the basketball. Excellent passer. Can hit the jumper off the dribble and has a quick release.

Jason Bohannon

Jason Bohannon - Wisconsin - Senior
6'2" - 195 lbs - Guard

  • 2010 All-Big Ten third team and 2008 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Played in 135 career games, ranking second in school history.
  • Fourth in UW history with 212 made three-pointers and third in school history with a 84.8 career free throw percentage.

Troy Cotton

Troy Cotton - Green Bay - Senior
6'1" - 180 lbs - Guard

  • Played in 131 career games at Green Bay, which tied for a school record.
  • Second in Green Bay history with 272 three-pointers.
  • Milwaukee native and went to Rufus King High School.

DeShawn Sims

DeShawn Sims - Michigan - Senior
1/21/1988 - 6'8" - 195 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Played in 132 games with 92 career starts. Did not miss a game in his last three seasons. One of seven Wolverines all-time to reach 1,500 points and 600 rebounds.
  • Strengths: Smooth and dependable inside-out scorer. Excellent mid-range shooter, both off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situations. Solid athlete, who's upped his intensity level and willingness to rebound.

Latavious Williams

Latavious Williams - Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
3/29/1989 - 6'8" - 195 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Became the NBA Development League's first player drafted directly from high school after being selected by the Tulsa 66ers with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Developmental League Draft. Helped the 66ers to a Finals appearance and finished 13th in the D-League in rebounding as a rookie.
  • Strengths: Excellent athlete. Good rebounder. Extremely active. Showed development as the season progressed.


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Billy McKinney - Bucks Director of Scouting

On Patrick Patterson not working out today...
"He simply pulled out of the workout. Patrick Patterson from Kentucky was supposed to be here today. A guy that certainly is in our grouping of players that we're looking at at 15 but he canceled his workout. We talked to his agent yesterday and he said he had a pretty busy week, so that's an indication to us that there's a possibility that he could go in front of us."

On if Patterson canceling effects how he feels about him...
"No not really. We'll try to re-schedule something if possible but like I said, it's an indication that he might be going before us in the draft. We've watched his body of work the last several years. We've had a chance to interview him while we were in Chicago. He had a great interview in Chicago, very impressive young man. We like what he brings to the table and so we're comfortable with him but we would like to get him in for a workout and we'll continue to try to do so."

On if it was a scheduling issue or if he feels his agent thinks he is moving up...
"He's also going to workout for New Orleans in front of us, so it's a possibility, maybe they feel as if they're going to get drafted, he won't be available when we pick at 15. We'd like to see him under our workout circumstances. We talked with his agent yesterday and he said that they would try to reschedule something, but this late in the game, it's very difficult because players are moving around and it's very tough."

On when he found out Patterson was canceling...
"Two days ago and we've been on the phone the last couple of days trying to make sure that we could try to convince him, persuade him to come into Milwaukee."

On what he likes about Patterson's game...
"Just looking at his game overall, he's a solid player; he's not a mistake player. He's got experience with a championship-caliber team, with a very good program and he's got a very good understanding of the game as well."

On Willie Warren...
"Last year, if he would have left school, he would have probably been a lottery pick. He had some injuries this year that affected his play and in addition to that, anytime you lose a guy like Blake Griffin on the team and his brother also, that affected his play. He had to carry the entire load this year with a relatively young team. So the injuries affected him, but he's still a very talented player. I would say right now, him being at 15 was a stretch for us, but he could be a first round pick or possibly even slide into the second round so we're exploring all of our options."

On what he likes about Warren...
"Well he can play both positions (one or two guard) actually. If you watch Willie play, he really passes the ball extremely well, he can handle the ball, so he can play both positions and I think there's a lot of value in any player, especially guards, that can play both positions."

On Mikhail Torrance being strictly a point guard...
"He's a very talented player. I can recall seeing him, January 4, watching him play at Toledo; drove down for the game and was very impressed with him. Impressed so much with his play as a point guard, in fact, I wanted to make sure he was going to be at the PIT (Portsmouth Invitational Tournament) tournament so that our staff could evaluate him and he played well. That's one of the reasons we had him in for a workout and he did an outstanding job here today."

On Torrance's size at 6'5"...
"His size is very good, his court vision is excellent, very good defensive player and he has the ability to score around the basket with either hand, which makes him very difficult to stop."

On Jason Bohannon and Troy Cotton...
"I've got to tell you what, last year we had a couple of players come in from Wisconsin and one of the things that you saw with Jason Bohannon today, that we saw actually is that he does a lot of things extremely well. He gets the reputation as a spot-up shooter but he handles the ball, he can create shots off the dribble. Troy, on the other hand, just did a great job of being a competitor today. Just tough as nails and I really respected the way he played today as well."

On Cotton catching up with a team in Europe...
"Yeah it's possible. This was the first workout for both of those players and I think it's a great exposure for them to come in and do well. They didn't play like it was their first workout; they played like savvy veterans. The one thing I try to advise players when we bring them in is just to come out and compete, have fun. It's just like a three-on-three pickup game. No need to be concerned about how you're going to play, you just go out there and let it all hang out and let the chips fall where they may."

On the Bucks giving the state players a chance to workout...
"Being here, you get a chance to watch those players. We have more exposure to those players than the other NBA teams. I'm sure with the other NBA teams, they do the same, but we also have an affection for the players that play in the state, that play the way we think it's important to play and important to win."

On Latavious Williams...
"He played in the D-League last year. He's 6'9" and he was the first player to go from high school to the D-League. He really impressed us, not only in the D-League this year, but we saw him at earlier workouts in Minnesota. Very athletic player. The one thing in talking with him over breakfast this morning, he said he was a little tired. He's had a lot of workouts, he's been working out and he's got workouts every day this week so his energy level wasn't there, but he's certainly a guy we'll consider with our second round picks."

On having the two second round picks...
"You look at the history of second round picks throughout the course of the NBA history and there's been a very good one here in Milwaukee for many years in Michael Redd. Mark Price was a starter and was an All-Star, Dennis Rodman was an All-Star, so you can pick up some real gems in the second round. So we spend as much time looking at the first round players as we do for the second round players."

On having Philadelphia's second round pick...
"The 37th pick and given all of our projections right now and the different scenarios with the amount of underclassmen that came out of school this year, we feel good that there's going to be a good player there that can make our roster and help us."

On Luc Richard Mbah a Moute being a second round pick...
"I tell you, when you talk about second round picks, you know Michael Redd, Mbah a Moute, he came in and we had him in with some first round players. When the workout ended, we asked ourselves who looked like the first round pick on the floor and that was Mbah a Moute at the time and he's been our starter for two years. Again, there's some real gems in the second round that can be found."

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Willie Warren

On if he had any regrets on staying in school last year...
"No, not at all. I just use everything as a learning experience. I had never been a part of a losing team before, so being a part of it this past year helped me become a better leader. Now I know how to lead different types of players. You can't lead everyone the same way. Going through what I went to this year, I learned that."

On if he would fit in Milwaukee...
"Me and Brandon Jennings were together at Oak Hill (VA). We were looking very good together. Unfortunately, I left before the season started and went back to my high school and won a state championship, so I didn't really get to play with him until we played in the McDonald's (All-American) game."

On where he will go in the draft...
"I'm not even worried about it. I'm just going to let it play itself out. Whoever gets me is going to get a great guard who can really score. Someone who can play multiple positions, the two and the one, and can guard the one or the two, so you'll be getting a pretty good player."

On playing without Blake Griffin...
"I was getting double-teamed. It wasn't Blake getting double-teamed anymore, it was me. That was really the big difference. Now I was seeing two or three defenders. When I got the ball it was, `Okay, where's Willie? We need to watch him.' The whole defense was shifting over and the game plan was to stop me as opposed to my freshman year when it was stopping Blake."

On injuries affecting his season...
"It was a big factor. We lost 18 games and I missed 12. Give or take a little, if I don't sit out those 12 games maybe we turn our season around, maybe we don't."

On injuries...
"It makes me a lot more hungry, especially in the situation I'm in now. Not where I'm going to be projected, not where I'm going to be taken, that just makes me work a lot harder."

On if he is having fun trying out for teams...
"A lot of fun. Now, teams are starting to see that the injuries are not affecting me anymore and I'm starting to get back more and more to my old self."

On Brandon Jennings' success...
"Brandon, Tyreke (Evans), all of the guys that were in my class, just seeing them excel at this level just made me even more anxious to get up and play at this level."

On expecting Jennings' success...
"There were a couple guards in my class who I really respected and Brandon and Tyreke were amongst those two. I felt that they were NBA ready and they showed me that they were."

On playing with Jennings...
"Me and Brandon been playing together since fourth grade, so we bonded and messed a little. We had a little chemistry. Me and Brandon are great friends. I may not talk to him a lot, but I don't really see him having a problem with me playing here and I definitely won't have a problem playing with him. He's a guard that likes to score but he also likes to get other people involved. If you have somebody else who can score with you, then I don't see him taking 30 shots because he won't have to."

On his position...
"A lot of teams are looking at me at the one position, but obviously Milwaukee has Brandon Jennings, so me coming here I think I would take on the two role. It would be different because now you have two guards with me and Brandon who you can interchange. If Brandon gets on a scoring roll, you can put me at the one and run him off a couple of screens and plays so he can score some more. I get on a scoring roll, you can put Brandon at the one and run me off."

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DeShawn Sims

On the workout...
"It went pretty good today. I've had five and I have four more. It's getting pretty busy."

On his expectations heading into the draft...
"Just to be able to make an NBA roster and play on an NBA team basically."

On his strengths...
"A lot of qualities. I can guard the three and the four and I can play the three and the four position. I can be very multi-dimensional."

On what he can work on...
"Just keeping my intensity level the same throughout the course of the game and being able to play with more passion."

On the Bucks...
"They're definitely a team on the rise. Coming from winning 46 games this year. It was a big jump since Coach Skiles got here. They're on the rise. They have a good young point guard and a nice big, they need somebody like me to fill in for them."

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Latavious Williams

On the workout...
"It went alright. It didn't go pretty good. I've been on the road a lot and was kind of tired today. I'll do better next time."

On how this workout compared to his previous ones...
"I did eight workouts and I have three more back-to-back. I just came from doing one with the Pacers yesterday. I didn't play too good in this one. I didn't come out and play hard enough."

On his strengths...
"Just going out and playing hard. Knocking down the open jumper and finishing at the rim, stuff like that. And going after the offensive and defensive rebounds."

On what he can work on...
"Everything. Ball-handling, my shot, post moves, everything. I have to work on that and get better."

On his year in the D-League helping him...
"I've had a year playing way better competition, playing in the pros every night. I had to come out with my A game and keep working hard every night."

On the travel in the D-League...
"We were on the road about ten days back-to-back playing and stuff like that, similar to the NBA. I just have to get used to it."

On his expectations heading into the draft...
"Right now, I just hope everything goes well and hope for the best. Wherever I go, it will be good. I can adjust to it."

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Jason Bohannon

On the workout experience...
"It was a great experience. There was definitely a lot of good guys out here and the games were very competitive and all the drills we did. We got a very good workout."

On continuing to play basketball professionally...
"I think that's a lot of college players' dream and that's certainly mine. However I can keep playing, I would like to. Basketball has been a part of me for a long time and I don't want to give it up as part of me yet."

On showing his other skills beyond being a spot-up shooter...
"(It's) very important, especially going to the next level with my size. The two's are a lot taller and a lot bigger than the college game and I have to be able to show I can put it on the floor and do other things. Hopefully I gave a good show of that today."

On the feedback he's received...
"They said I did a good job of pulling up off the dribble. They're pretty brief, they got us in real quick here, but hopefully there's some more feedback to come and see what I need to work to improve upon."

On the whole process...
"I have an agent right now in Chicago and he's working both aspects here in the states and overseas. The next process hopefully is getting some more workouts or getting on a Summer League team or something along those lines and just work my way into something. That's the plan for every guy right now is to work their way into whatever comes their way."

On what he anticipated coming into the workout...
"It was everything I anticipated. I knew they were going to have one-on-ones, two-on-two, three-on-three type of stuff and get up and down and do some shots off the move and everything. I've been working on all that stuff all summer and hopefully I showed that today."

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Troy Cotton

On the workout...
"First of all I want to thank God for Jesus for giving me the opportunity to be here today and I think it went well. I came out here and just wanted to play hard. I wasn't worried about if shots were going in, anything like that, I just came out here and just wanted to play my best."

On his thoughts going into the summer...
"Right now I just want them to see my good work. I'm a player that will play any role that you want me to play and I'll just go out there and play hard for you, for any coach, it doesn't matter. I'm just going by faith and I'm sure that any team will love to pick up a guy will just want to play hard, just loves playing basketball."

On his journey from Rufus King to Green Bay to working out for the Bucks...
"As a kid you always dream about playing in the NBA or even trying out for the NBA. Playing at King, I committed early to playing at UW-Green Bay because I knew that was the place I wanted to play for, for Coach K(owalczyk), and I really went out there and had a great four years. I was blessed to be one of the best players to come out of there and now I'm just trying to take my basketball a season further."

On getting on a Summer League roster...
"That would definitely be a blessing because I'm from here, I'm from Milwaukee. But I'm just playing hard and praying about it and something will come up."

On the rest of his workout schedule...
"I have nothing planned."

On possibly playing in Europe...
"I had options after the season. I had a lot of Euro agents calling me but I told them I would check out the NBA first because that's my goal but then if that doesn't work out, I'll weigh my other options."

On what he needs to do to be at NBA-caliber level...
"I feel that I can always do better. Right now, I'm just working my way to the NBA and the NBA is different than college. Once you learn all the rules and everything that goes with the NBA and how to become an NBA player, I'm sure I'll be a fine NBA player."

On the difference between NBA and college and if he got a sense of that today...
"The difference is non-stop playing. You pretty much don't get any rest but I've been training and I've been ready for this day so it didn't affect me that much. I just came out here and played hard and made sure I showed my talent."

On his high school coach Jim Gosz having an influence on him...
"He really was a father figure to me when I was in high school, really taught me how to just be a man in high school and how to get ready for the college level. I know he's happy for me right now and I'll probably talk to him after this day."

On his strengths going forward...
"I was always known as a shooter so I definitely want to show that talent, but also on the defensive end, really being the help defender and going out there and just helping my team win. That's all I want to do is just win."

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Mikhail Torrance

On the workout...
"I think it went pretty good. I just really wanted to come out and show what I can do and hopefully they liked me."

On being quoted in an article as being strictly a point guard...
"I didn't make it sound as strict as the article did, I just wanted to show that I really am a point guard. I'm just bigger than most point guards so it might look kind of awkward, but I'm strictly a point guard."

On possibly playing for the Bucks...
"The Bucks would sound great. I could play along Brandon Jennings, he's a great point guard, and we could be interchangeable. So if the opportunity is there, I'll take it. He's a great young point guard and I'd see both of us as the future."

On his workout schedule...
"I think I have five workouts left. The process has been good besides the jet lag and stuff like that. I'm having fun and I just can't wait until the special night. This is my eighth (workout) and I have five or six more."

On the feedback he's getting...
"I've been great feedback so far but you never know their draft scenario so all I can do is just play basketball. That's all I know how to do anyways so I'm just going to have fun doing it."

On if he's trying to get in the first round...
"I am, but at the same time, I'm just trying to get picked. If I get picked in the first round that'd be great, but at the same time, second round is not going to be bad at all. I'm just going to come in and continue to prove what I can do."

On who he's matched up with...
"I've seen Willie Warren, Sherron Collins and Greivis Vasquez but I haven't seen Armon Johnson. The only time I've seen him was in Chicago at pre-draft but he's a really good point guard and I'd be looking forward to seeing him."

On what he thinks makes him stand out...
"I'm a big point guard, I'm versatile, I can score, I can pass, rebound and I can defend. I'm just really trying to show everybody that I can play at this level."

On who he models his game after...
"Deron Williams. That's my number one point guard. He's the best point guard in the league in my opinion so that's who I watch all the time and try to imitate."

On what he specifically likes about Williams...
"I just like the way he's always in attack mode. He is always trying to be the bully, the bad guy, and that's what I always try to do when I'm playing. Just have a split personality; a great guy off the court, but a nasty guy on the court and that's what I try to do."

On Willams' defense...
"That's the great thing about him. He's very intimidating to some guys. That's what I try to do, really just do a great job on the defensive end and offensive end and I'm just going to continue to show that I can really run a team."

On what he thinks are the biggest steps he took his senior year...
"Just showing that I can be a leader. I went into Portsmouth with the same thing, just showing I can really run the team. In Chicago, I took a second approach showing I can really shoot the ball too so I'm just trying to show the full package."

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Welcoming Wisconsinites
Tuesday's pre-draft workout has local flavor
By Brett Winkler

Pre-draft workouts serve as a great opportunity for the Bucks to get a feel for players who might be available when they select with the 15th, 37th and 47th picks in the 2010 NBA Draft on June 24. They can also serve, though, as a great opportunity for local players to get a feel for the professional basketball environment in the NBA.

Whether or not Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon (6-2, 195, senior) or UW-Green Bay's Troy Cotton (6-1, 180, senior) expect to hear their names called next Thursday, both would like to continue their basketball careers in the NBA or elsewhere and were happy to participate in Tuesday's workout at the Cousins Center.

Likewise, Bucks Director of Scouting and the rest of the front office staff enjoyed playing host to the in-state players in a workout that also included Michigan's DeShawn Sims (6-8, 235, senior), Alabama's Mikhail Torrance (6-5, 210, senior), Oklahoma's Willie Warren (6-4, 203, sophomore) and the D-League's Latavious Williams (6-8, 195).

"Being (in Wisconsin), you get a chance to watch those players," McKinney said. "We have more exposure to those players than the other NBA teams. I'm sure with the other NBA teams, they do the same, but we also have an affection for the players that play in the state, that play the way we think it's important to play and important to win."

Bohannon, who was named "Mr. Basketball" in his home state of Iowa before enrolling at Madison, certainly appreciated the opportunity to showcase his skills in the state where he spent his entire four-year collegiate career. The guard started all 66 of his games for the Badgers in the last two years and would like to continue building on a stint at UW that saw him improve his scoring, rebounding and assist numbers in each season.

"I think that's a lot of college players' dream (to play professionally) and that's certainly mine," Bohannon said. "However I can keep playing, I would like to. Basketball has been a part of me for a long time and I don't want to give it up as part of me yet."

In order to accomplish his goal, Bohannon knows that he'll have to rely on more than just his impressive 37.9 career percentage from downtown, something McKinley thought he was able to demonstrate Tuesday. In fact, McKinley had glowing reviews for both of the Wisconsin products as they performed for their local NBA squad.

"One of the things that you saw with Jason Bohannon today is that he does a lot of things extremely well," McKinley said. "He gets the reputation as a spot-up shooter but he handles the ball, he can create shots off the dribble.

"Troy, on the other hand, just did a great job of being a competitor today. Just tough as nails and I really respected the way he played today as well."

Competing is nothing new for Cotton, a Milwaukee native and Rufus King High School grad who went on to play four years for the Phoenix. The UWGB alum is looking for nothing more than to find his niche at the pro level just as he did at Green Bay, where he hit 272 three-pointers, second most in school history.

"I'm a player that will play any role that you want me to play and I'll just go out there and play hard for you, for any coach, it doesn't matter," Cotton said. "I'm just going by faith and I'm sure that any team will love to pick up a guy who will just want to play hard, just loves playing basketball."

If Cotton's dream of playing the NBA doesn't come to fruition, he's already heard from teams in Europe as possible avenues to extend his basketball life. Otherwise, both he and Bohannon may have Summer League options available. Wherever the pair of collegiate Wisconsinites end up, their respective four-year careers in the Dairy State have prepared them to continue working toward their goals.

"This was the first workout for both of those players and I think it's a great exposure for them to come in and do well," McKinley said. "They didn't play like it was their first workout; they played like savvy veterans."

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