Draft Central - June 16th 2010

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Luke Babbitt

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

  • Career Highlights: Named 2010 WAC Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America as a sophomore. Named 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year and earned First Team All-WAC honors as a freshman.
  • Strengths: Extremely skilled scorer with phenomenal shooting abilities. Has effortless range and outstanding shot-creating abilities. Smart player who contributes in multiple areas of the game.

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford - Xavier - Sophomore
10/23/88 - 6'4" - 195 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Led Xavier and the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 20.5 ppg. XU's first conference scoring leader since Byron Larkin. Was on NCAA All Tournament Region team as a sophomore. Gained internet fame for dunking on LeBron James.
  • Strengths: Creative scorer with a nose for the basket. Explosive leaper who attacks the rim. Has a very quick first step and excellent body control.

Terrico White

Terrico White - Mississippi - Sophomore
3/7/90 - 6'5" - 210 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors as a freshman. Voted to the preseason All-SEC First Team as a sophomore. Won a gold medal as a member of the United States U19 National Team in the FIBA World Championship in the summer of 2009.
  • Strengths: Sharp-shooting combo guard who excels from the mid-range. Outstanding athlete with phenomenal length for his position. Has excellent defensive potential.

Darington Hobson

Darington Hobson - New Mexico - Junior
9/29/87 - 6'7" - 205 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Made an immediate impact at New Mexico after transferring from the College of Eastern Utah. Was conference's Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year in his only season at New Mexico.
  • Strengths: Skilled wing who can play three positions. Very good ballhandler for his size. Has good court vision. Can score in a variety of ways. Sticks his nose in on the glass.

Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward - Butler - Sophomore
3/23/1990 - 6'8" - 210 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Was named Conference's Player of the Year as a sophomore. Selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional. Just missed half court shot at buzzer to win NCAA championship. Chosen to the All-Tournament Team at the 2010 Final Four. Finished second on the gold medal-winning U. S. U19 World Championship Team in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and third in scoring (10.0 ppg) during the summer.
  • Strengths: Extremely versatile swingman who can score, handle, pass and rebound. Deceptively athletic with good burst. Shoots with range and has excellent mechanics. Hardnosed performer who leads by example.

Lazar Hayward

Lazar Hayward - Marquette - Senior
11/26/1986 - 6'6" - 225 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Marquette's second all-time leading scorer (1,859 points) and fifth-best rebounder (910 boards). Played in school-record 138 games. A Second Team All-Big East and Honorable Mention AP All American as a senior. Tallied 23 points and seven rebounds in the 2010 NABC All-Star Game, earning the Most Outstanding Player honor for his team.
  • Strengths: Physical combo forward who scores in traffic or can hit the stand-still perimeter jumper. Plays bigger than his height would indicate and can operate with his back to the basket. Possesses quick hands and has springy legs. Excellent upside as a defensivestopper.


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Billy McKinney - Bucks Director of Scouting

On the workout...
"Well today we felt as a staff, that without a doubt, this was our best group workout in today. We had some talented players, of course Gordon Hayward, Lazar Hayward--no they're not related in case any of you want to ask that question--Luke Babbitt, Jordan Crawford, Terrico White and Darington Hobson. So we had a very good group in, very competitive. These are the kind of workouts, last year, as we were preparing for the draft and had Brandon Jennings and the group in, not to say that one of these guys will be the 15th pick, but it's the kind of workout that we're looking for in terms of trying to further evaluate to make a decision for the draft."

On getting that much "star power" in the workout to see how they react...
"Well absolutely. It was really important for us to bring Luke Babbitt back in. He worked out for us one time and he felt after his workout that he didn't have a great workout so we wanted to get a chance to look at him. He's a guy that seems to be rising on the charts. But also having Gordon Hayward in, we knew it would be a very physical workout and evenly matched. Lazar Hayward, of course out of Marquette, did a great job as always. He's been very well prepared for this draft process."

On how much people should read into players coming in for a second workout...
"It expresses an interest but it also is a situation in which for us, it answers more questions that we felt were left unanswered with the first visit. Much like Patrick Patterson, if he came in, we'd be able to answer more questions."

On Gordon Hayward...
"Well from a talent standpoint, when I think about Gordon Hayward, I think about a guy that can play multiple positions. I've seen in games sometimes this year where he's actually run the point guard and initiated the offense for them. Very smart, savvy basketball player. If you think about the things he'll need to improve, shooting range and consistency, although players will, when you say they need to shoot the ball better, look at you like you're a little crazy, but also getting accustomed to and adjusted to the talent level at the position in which you'll have to play. Whether it's the two guard, or the three guard, you're talking about the best positions and the best athletes in the NBA."

On Lazar Hayward...
"He did a great job. Lazar's had about nine visits and I thought he was one of the players, as we looked at the pre-draft camp in Chicago, he was one of the best prepared players for the pre-draft camp in terms of his conditioning. We watched him again in Minnesota, he was very impressive. He's a guy that's going to do well. We looked at this group of players, we had six players in today, and it's our contention that all six of these players will be on NBA rosters next year."

On if Wesley Matthews' route to the NBA as an undrafted free agent makes people take a harder look at Lazar Hayward...
"I'm sure it does but I think his efforts and what he's done stands alone by himself. Last year I had a chance to watch him at the USA Olympic Trials and he played really well there, so people have been tracking him for quite some time. Wesley Matthews had a great year, but so much of success for a player in the NBA, a lot of it depends on where you go and how they'll utilize your talent and Wesley was a great fit for the Utah Jazz."

On if what he saw today alters his philosophy on draft night...
"Not really. We'll still look at taking the best player available for us and we're still trying to figure out who that's going to be. There's about seven players as I've talked to teams around the league that are kind of the top seven players and after that it seems like it's kind of a free-for-all in terms of who will go. Gordon Hayward is a guy that's been talked in the top 10, Luke Babbitt's been talked about as a player in the top 10, Hassan Whiteside, who we'll have in later, also has been a player that could move up into the top 10. So we're trying to do as much work as we can to see as many players as possible that could fall into our draft range. It will be best player available."

On what it means for a potential top 10 pick to workout for a team like the Bucks with pick No. 15...
"There's an old expression that there's only three things guaranteed in life. I was going to say death, taxes and my jump shot, but I'll make that two things now, death and taxes. I think guys are smart because so much can happen before the draft. For example, we're talking about Patrick Patterson and the fact that he didn't come in at 15, you know if a team makes a trade and then their draft philosophy should change, then his position could be altered. So the guys that are coming in and doing the workouts and making sure they're covering their bases, their agents are doing the best job for them to make sure that should something happen, that they're covered."

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Lazar Hayward

On the workout...
"I thought I did pretty well. It was a really, really competitive workout. We had a great group of guys here and it was very, very fun, very competitive."

On going up against some of the bigger names in the draft...
"That's when it's the most fun, going against those guys that had a lot of hype. You know give them credit where credit is due; those guys for sure deserved all the accolades that they got."

On his mindset going into draft night...
"I'm going in like I'm not being drafted. I don't pay attention to any of that stuff. I'm just handling what I can handle and that's when I come into these workouts, work hard, play defense and show them that I'm a good teammate."

On getting people's attention at the pre-draft camp in Chicago...
"I did some pretty good things and I've been showing that I can play my position so I think I opened some eyes."

On if he would prefer to do the same route as Wesley Matthews and go undrafted and choose his team...
"Any route I'll take that it gives me the better chance to get in."

On going in the second round...
"I don't really care. Anyway; just get my foot in the door and I'm just going to keep working hard and keep showing these guys that I can play and hopefully in the end I'll be on the team."

On how the Marquette coaching staff prepared him for this experience...
"They did a really, really good job. They showed that all we can worry about is today and that we have to handle things that we can only handle, which is the way we work and I think they prepared us very, very good. Over the summer, I've worked out with Brian James and he did a really, really good job of preparing me and getting me out on the wing, catching and getting back up to my speed and he prepared me very well as well."

On consulting with Matthews...
"I've been talking to him a lot. He's been talking trash to me, so we've been sending some threatening texts to each other, but I told him he better watch out for me."

On what position he thinks he'll play at...
"Position-wise, I would say naturally I'm a three. But I think I've shown that I can play all different positions and also guard all different positions. So when you bring those two things to the table, I think they have to take it into account and say well he actually can do those things well."

On his schedule the rest of the way...
"I think I have about four more workouts. I have Boston, New Jersey, San Antonio and Atlanta. There's some pretty good interest. They're giving me opportunities and I just have to go take them."

On what he's hearing he needs to get better at...
"Just the same thing everyone's been skeptical about; if I can play my position and if I can guard my position."

On if people are questioning his shooting...
"I haven't heard anything about it, I hope not."

On if people are surprised when they learn he was No. 2 in agility to John Wall...
"Yeah, sometimes. Somebody asked me `Was it (right)?' and I was like, `No it had to be something wrong with the clock.' I think I opened some minds when people saw that."

On if he feels like he has something to prove...
"Yeah, for sure. I wasn't really highly touted and I'm sure there are a lot of doubts but that's just something that's always going to happen. All I can control is coming out here and playing hard, playing defense, being a good teammate and doing all those little things that the coaches like."

On having self-belief while going through the workouts...
"I've done a good amount of workouts so it's showing that there are some people that want to see me play well and they're giving me a really, really good chance. I think I've been capitalizing the best I could."

On if it would mean more to him to be a Milwaukee Buck...
"Oh yeah. Oh man, that would be really, really good to play over at the Bradley Center. I've had some good games there, I know that rim really well. I shot me a couple deep ones, but that would be great for the city, for the school. I would love to play for the Bucks."

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Gordon Hayward

On how this workout compared to others he's had...
"It was good. I've done a lot of these and they're kind of starting to blur together a little bit but it was good to be out there and compete. I think that's what they wanted to see and I think we all competed pretty well. It was a great bunch of guys."

On how many workouts he's had...
"This is my seventh or eighth or something. It's been crazy but it's been fun too at the same time. We've got like what 10 more days, nine more days, so I keep doing this and like I said, hopefully can keep competing out there and showing what I do."

On if he's getting frequent flyer miles from all the workouts...
"I should be. I should be for sure, flying back and forth from city to city. It's fun, you get to do it once so you have to try and enjoy it."

On if he thinks the city of Milwaukee and the Bucks would be a good fit for him...
"I think it's hard to say fit wise. I don't think you really know that until you're out there playing with the other guys on the team and with the coach out there. I would certainly love to play here. It'd be a lot of fun, I would enjoy it, I don't know about the fit thing though."

On who he matched up against...
"They switched us up match-up wise. They did that on purpose I think to see if you could guard everyone, so we were all kind of around similar positions. We were all kind of guards out there and small forwards but it was good to be able to get out there and compete."

On if he's targeted in the workouts because of where he's projected to be drafted...
"I think that everyone out there is a target. We're all fighting for the same job so we're all going to go out there and play as hard as we can. I'm targeting other players just like they're targeting me. So you go out there and you just do your best and hopefully you can impress."

On where he's hearing he will be picked...
"I haven't really thought about that that much. For me, I let my agent worry about that. I just go out there and play. When the draft comes, what happens happens, but for me, I'm worried about the next workout. The next one is going to be in Chicago so I'm focused on that."

On what they're looking for...
"They're trying to see a little bit of everything. They want to see what you can do, they want to see how tough you are both mentally and physically. They know we're all doing the same thing and it's kind of the end of the road here but like I said, I think they just want to see you go out there and compete and play good defense. They know we can all play or else they wouldn't have us in here. For me, I have to go out there, try to have fun and try to compete."

On if shooting range is the biggest question mark he has to answer...
"For me, I've kind of always been a shooter. That's what I've always been. Last year I didn't shoot the ball very well but recently, I've shot the ball pretty well. I think just being in the gym, being able to focus on basketball. So for me, I don't know if that's what they're thinking, you'd have to ask them."

On what he thinks will be the biggest hurdle at the pro level...
"The next level you have to sharpen everything. It's a bigger and faster game so every tool is going to have to be sharpened. You have to get better at everything. I think a big thing for me, both offensively and defensively, is going to be a little bit of strength, a little bit of balance, staying lower, because like I said they are bigger, stronger guys so you got to have that so you can be able to drive to the paint and not get off-balance, have that strength. For me, it will be an adjustment. It will be a challenge, but like I said, I'm ready, looking forward to it and ready to take it on."

On how much he can live off the magic of Butler's NCAA tournament run...
"That's probably the number one question and for me it's tough to think about just because of the way it ended and I wanted to win so badly for my teammates. I haven't watched the game yet, I haven't really tried to think about it. For me, I'm hoping to move forward, hopefully that's not the only thing I'm remembered for."

On if that's a motivation...
"I think a little bit. I mean I wish I would have hit that shot still. In the gym, I mean I've shot that same baseline fadeaway I can't tell you how many times and I've hit that. I wish it would have went in and it had gone differently but like I said, I'm moving forward."

On anything that's wowed him with the draft process...
"Not that much. I've been lucky to train in Indianapolis and they've got a draft program so they kind of prepared me very well for this whole process. They do a lot of the same drills, we have a psychologist there for interviews and different things like that. For me, they've done a really phenomenal job and I'm lucky enough to go in here and like I said, now that I've had so many too, I'm kind of used to it."

On coming from a Horizon League school and if he has to prove himself still...
"For me, I don't worry about that. I'm just out there and I think now it doesn't matter where we're from. We're all just out there trying to get a job so what happened where ever we played, it doesn't matter now. It's what happens out there on the court and during these workouts and in the next couple days so I don't really worry about that."

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Jordan Crawford

On coming back for his second workout...
"You never know. I'm always happy to get invited back."

On Coach Sampson having something to do with him having a second workout...
"I think he helps it a lot, but I don't really know the inside of it, what they talk about. I'm just happy they invited me back."

On the talent level today...
"It helps because it makes it like it counts a little more. It's fun to play against the best players. That's when you don't get tired as much and don't think about getting tired. You just play and want to show you're the best."

On today's workout compared to his last with the Bucks...
"It was a better workout for me and just more talent, more players that are really getting high looks in the Lottery. It was fun."

On if this was the most talented workout class...
"I think so in terms of talking about Lottery. But I worked out with a lot of good players. It's pretty similar everywhere you go."

On getting more comfortable in workouts...
"You get comfortable. They actually get harder, though, because your body wears down and you're not really 100 percent. Anytime you step out there you just use your will to fight through it. You get comfortable but it's not getting easier."

On fighting through...
"When it gets so intense like it did today, you really don't even think about how tired you are. You just want to win and want to impress the coaches."

On what he can work on...
"Just shape, fitness, getting stronger in the weight room so I can guard bigger twos. Also defensively, I'm a combo guard so I'll have to play point guard sometimes and check some of the best point guards."

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Luke Babbitt

On having a second workout...
"I think it's more just wanting a second look. I wanted to come back, they wanted to have me back."

On having something to prove...
"I think, I mean you always have something to prove. It's good to be with this group. I think this is a really good group of guys and they wanted to see me with this group of guys. Gordon (Hayward) and Darington (Hobson) and Terrico (White) and those guys, they're all really good players so I think that was the biggest thing."

On working out with Hayward...
"I think (the Bucks) think we're similar. And we are. Gordon's a really good player, smart player and very skilled. I think that's what people want to see, so that's cool with me."

On matching up with Hayward and the others...
"It was good. It was competitive. I think everyone did well. A lot of three-on-threes and it was competitive. That's all you can really say."

On the workout schedule...
"I think they know we're tired. They take that under consideration. You're not always going to have your best day. I think it's more mental, you just have to push through it and play. It's a lot a travel and playing back-to-back games and playing on the road and 10-game road trips. They want to see that you can handle that."

On the Bucks interest...
"I'm sure they're interested. I'm thankful they want me back and I wanted to come back. It's a good young team. I think any rookie in my position would want to be here. I've had a lot of workouts. I've had eight and I have three or four more, so I'm just taking it one at a time."

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Terrico White

On the workout...
"It went good. Overall it went good. We were really competing. Overall the whole group was really talented. I have about five or six workouts left and I've had like seven or eight already."

On his strengths...
"I'm more versatile, so I can bring anything to the team really."

On what he can work on...
"Just being more assertive and my ball-handling and shooting."

On his expectations for the draft...
"Get drafted, really, and come in and work hard. I'm getting eager."

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Darington Hobson

On the workout...
"I think everyone did good. We competed. Everyone played hard. It was a good workout. I think I did pretty good, shot it well, defended well. We won a lot of the games so I did pretty good."

On his strengths...
"Versatility. I play the one, two and three and guard the one, two and three. My basketball I.Q., I think I was able to show that a little bit today."

On what he can work on...
"I have to get stronger and a more consistent outside shot. The NBA has a lot of big guys down there so you have to be able to stretch the floor a little bit."

On his expectations coming into the draft...
"Just go to the right situation and get an opportunity to play. I don't get caught up in how high or how low I'm going to go. I can't control that. I just want to get drafted to the right situation."

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Familiar Faces Face Future
Wednesday's workout features recognizable names
By Brett Winkler

An old idiom warns that familiarity breeds contempt, but that couldn't be further from the truth for the familiar faces taking part in the Bucks pre-draft workout on Wednesday. A pair of familiar faces couldn't have been happier to work out at the Cousins Center in front of Bucks officials for a second time.

Nevada's Luke Babbitt (6-9, 225, sophomore) and Xavier's Jordan Crawford (6-4, 195, sophomore) were back in Milwaukee after previously adorning the standard Bucks-issued gray shirt and black shorts for workouts on June 3 and June 1, respectively.

Babbitt, whose first workout in Milwaukee didn't go as well as he hoped, earned a chance at redemption in front of a staff you wouldn't mind playing for.

"I'm thankful they want me back and I wanted to come back," Babbitt said. "It's a good young team. I think any rookie in my position would want to be here."

Crawford, who's also familiar with Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson from their time together at Indiana during Crawford's freshman year, was happy to be working out in front of his old coach yet again. Like Babbitt, he also thought things improved the second time around.

"It was a better workout for me and just more talent (on the court)," Crawford said. "More players that are really getting high looks in the Lottery. It was fun."

For the Bucks, getting a second look at certain players provides them with a method of double-checking of confirming or denying some of their previous reports.

"It expresses an interest," said Bucks Director of Scouting Billy McKinney, "but it also is a situation in which for us, it answers more questions that we felt were left unanswered with the first visit."

The two Bucks workout veterans weren't the only two players familiar with Milwaukee. Marquette's Lazar Hayward (6-6, 225, senior) joined the growing list of local collegiate players to partake in the pre-draft festivities at the Cousins Center. Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, UW-Milwaukee's Ricky Franklin and UW-Green Bay's Troy Cotton have all previously worked out for the Bucks.

Hayward averaged 18.1 points per game last season and finished his Marquette career as the Golden Eagles second all-time leading scorer. Working out for the team that plays in the same building has his alma mater was a great experience for the forward.

"That would be really, really good to play over at the Bradley Center," Hayward said of playing for Milwaukee. "I've had some good games there, I know that rim really well. I shot me a couple deep ones, but that would be great for the city, for the school. I would love to play for the Bucks."

The rest of Wednesday's workout roster consisted of Butler's Gordon Hayward (6-8, 207, sophomore), New Mexico's Darington Hobson (6-7, 210, junior) and Terrico White (6-5, 213, sophomore). Butler's Hayward, like Babbitt, has been regarded as a possible top 15 pick by many in the NBA.

"Well today we felt as a staff that, without a doubt, this was our best group workout in today," McKinney said. "We had a very good group in, very competitive.

"These are the kind of workouts, last year, as we were preparing for the draft and had Brandon Jennings and the group in, not to say that one of these guys will be the 15th pick, but it's the kind of workout that we're looking for in terms of trying to further evaluate to make a decision for the draft."

It remains to be seen whether any of the players from Wednesday's group will become even more familiar faces in Milwaukee, but it's clear that the Bucks will do their due diligence on whomever they select with the 15th, 37th, and 47th picks in the June 24 draft. With workouts scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Billy McKinney says the Bucks will continue to take the same approach in the final week before draft day.

"We'll still look at taking the best player available for us and we're still trying to figure out who that's going to be."

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