Draft Central - June 17th 2010

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Devin Ebanks

Devin Ebanks - West Virginia - Sophomore
10/28/89 - 6'9" - 215 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Named to the All-Big East Third Team as a sophomore. Selected to the Big East All-Rookie and All-Tournament team as a freshman. His 273 rebounds were the second most in school history by a freshman. One of 30 high school players to be invited to the USA Basketball Development Festival in 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Averaged 28.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
  • Strengths: Solid athlete with good size on the wing. Effective shooter from mid-range. Has developed into a defensive-stopper. Good passer and rebounder.

Damion James

Damion James - Texas - Senior
10/7/87 - 6'7" - 225 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Holds Big 12 conference records for rebounds and double-doubles and school career records for games started and rebounds. Earned Third Team AP All-American accolades as a senior in 2009-10. A Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist. Selected All-Big 12 First Team. Named All-Big 12 Second Team as a junior and sophomore.
  • Strengths: Athletic forward with a blue-collar approach. Aggressive rebounder at both ends. Can hit the three. Excellent leaper.

Marqus Blakely

Marqus Blakely - Vermont - Senior
10/22/88 - 6'5" - 200 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights:Finished his career fifth all-time at Vermont in scoring (1,875), second in rebounding (1,044) and field goal percentage (57.1 percent), third in blocks (254) and field goals made (673), fourth in free throws made (525) and 10th in assists (304).
  • Strengths: Sharp-shooting combo guard who excels from the mid-range. Outstanding athlete with phenomenal length for his position. Has excellent defensive potential.

Quincy Pondexter

Quincy Pondexter - Washington - Senior
3/10/88 - 6'5" - 215 lbs - Guard/Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights:Washington's all-time career leader in games played (136), and finished third in scoring (1,786 points), fifth in field-goals made (652) and fourth in field-goals attempted (1,297).
  • Strengths: Top tier athlete with great quickness and leaping ability. A slasher who uses his length to his advantage. Plays with energy and toughness.

Aubrey Coleman

Aubrey Coleman - Houston - Senior
10/9/1987 - 6'4" - 200 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Named to All-Conference USA First Team as both a junior and senior. Named 2009 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year as a junior. Earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors seven times. Played his first two seasons at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
  • Strengths: Prolific scorer with good physical tools. Can score the ball inside and out with great shot creation skills. Contributes on defense and the boards with good hustle.

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.


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Billy McKinney - Bucks Director of Scouting

Opening statement...
"Speaking of the draft, before I comment on our workout today, yesterday we received a phone call from a couple of agents and a couple of teams saying that we had promised a player that we're going to draft him at 15. One of the first things I wanted to do today was to address that just to say that we haven't made any promises to anybody about us taking them at 15. Last year, when we had the 10th pick, there was a lot of uncertainty about the pick. We did not make a guarantee to anybody at 10 last year and certainly with the complexity of the draft this year, we haven't made a promise to anybody at 15. So I wanted to, in case any of you became aware of that, I wanted you to know that up front.
We had several calls from agents and a couple teams as well and we thought it was important that we address it not only with them but we address it publicly, so I wanted to take the opportunity to do so today."

On the uncertainty with last year's draft because Brandon Jennings didn't have a promise...
"Well absolutely and I can recall years ago when I was the GM with the Pistons, I knew there was a player we were going to take with the 10th pick in the draft. I knew his agent very well, I also knew that teams were trying to move up to take this particular player and I couldn't even tell his agent that I was going to take him. I didn't want to disrupt our plan so we haven't made that promise to anybody in this draft. It's a wide-open draft for us. We had a good group of guys in today, we had six players in. Three of those six players will probably be first round picks today in this year's draft. Quincy Pondexter out of Washington, Damion James of the University of Texas and Devin Ebanks out of West Virginia, those are the guys that will probably go in the first round that came in to work out for us today."

On Damion James comparing to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute...
"Mbah a Moute is pretty good and that's a pretty good compliment. The more talent that we can have, guys that can play hard, gritty basketball, the better for us. It creates competition if we were to select a player like Damion James. When you think about this guy, he's 6'6" and I want to say he's the all-time leading rebounder in the University of Texas history. So the match up today with Damion James and Quincy Pondexter was a great match up to watch."

On players not coming in for workouts and if the Bucks have had that type of situation...
"Just the one situation that we had with Patrick Patterson and it was more of a scheduling issue. I thought initially, when he didn't come in, that it was a situation where maybe he was promised a pick ahead of us but we've had that. In fairness to the players and their agents, right now is a crazy time of the year. Everybody wants to see these players. The draft is not really settled after the first seven or eight players so teams are trying to get players in. We had a player for example that flew from here to Portland back to San Antonio and then to Memphis and he had a four-day workout and that's pretty grueling. These guys are human and they do need a break, a day off to break between workouts. So we've got to find a better way, the teams collectively, to organize these workouts so that we can see players without really taxing the players as physically as we do."

On Devin Ebanks and Quincy Pondexter...
"Yeah, I'll talk about Ebanks, a sophomore out of West Virginia. He missed an early portion of this year I believe due to some academic issues, but he's a very talented small forward. He's a guy that can handle the ball out on the floor, he needs to improve his shooting a little bit, but I think one of his best assets, he does a really good job of defending on the perimeter and some of the games that I watched him play this year, I saw him defend point guards out on the floor. He's long, he's agile, he's got a great feel for the game. Pondexter, on the other hand, he reminds me of a former Buck and a former player that I used to work with in Seattle, Ruben Patterson. He's just has a pit bull mentality. When he gets out there on the court, he comes at you, he grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until after the game is over and sometimes when the game is over, he still has a hold of you."

On if Pondexter is more of a forward than a guard...
"Absolutely. The one thing that I would say, all those players, when I look at James and Ebanks and Pondexter, the one thing that they have to do to improve their chances of being an effective small forward is to handle the ball a little bit better. But when you talk about size, 6'6" is a great size. They can defend shooting guards as well as small forwards."

On what he saw from Damion James today...
"The one thing that's been very impressive about Damion James, and I've watched his entire career at Texas, he has learned to shoot the ball much better, especially from the 15-17 foot range. Right now, one of the things that we're looking at is our team, we've got some good three-point shooters, but we're looking for players that can make that mid-range shot. That's not to say some of the players that we have coming back won't improve that skill during the summer time, but that's one thing he does very well. He defends, he rebounds, so he's a multi-dimensional player."

On the quality of small forwards in the draft...
"It's more of a forwards draft, last year it was point guards, and now you've got a really good set of small forwards and power forwards in the draft this year. So we're looking at all the possibilities of players that could be there, not only at 15, but some of these guys could possibly fall into the second round. Every year one of the things you hear from NBA executives is it's not a deep draft. Because of the amount of underclassmen that declared for the draft this year, it's going to be a very good draft and we really feel confident that we're going to get a good player not only at 15 but at 37 and 47."

On the importance of the Bucks picks...
"People want to talk to us about giving up the 15th pick and right now, because we're not sure who's going to be there, we want to hold on to that pick to see who's going to be there. If there's one of the players in our group range that will be there that we'd like to take. That is unless a team makes us an offer so great that a veteran player was included that would help us and we could move down in the draft, but we like where we are at 15 and certainly feel like we're going to get a good player at 37 and 47."

On how he assesses the Bucks' chances of moving up in the draft...
"I would say slim to none and slim left town last week. That's going to be very difficult for us because anytime you have to move up in the draft, you have to give up something of quality and for us, we've got a nice core group that we're working with and we want to keep that core together as we continue to improve our team."

On Ricky Franklin coming back in...
"(We're) just giving him an opportunity to get accustomed to working out against draftable players. He's here locally, it's very good for him and again, it's contingent with our theme of trying to work with players in the state that are seniors that might not have opportunities to workout with NBA teams."

On the remaining workout schedule...
"I'm pretty sure we're working out next week. Tomorrow's workout is cancelled. We were going to have Daniel Orton in from Kentucky but something happened with his schedule so he won't come in. Friday is a day for us to stay in the office and review videos of prospects that will be at 15 and also in our second round selections."

On rescheduling with Patrick Patterson...
"It's a work in progress. To reschedule it this late, I mean it's eight days or seven days before the draft, is really tough because we've had players that have gone to nine or 10 teams to workout so it makes it a little difficult. Teams are squeezing those draft workouts in up to the very last day. If we feel it's important enough and he could get here the day before the draft or before then, of course, we'd be open to that."

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Quincy Pondexter

On being a gritty player...
"I think that describes Coach Skiles' type of play too. Every time you come on the basketball court, you have to come out and compete at 110 percent and that's something I've believed in since I was a kid and that's something I'm going to contribute to whatever organization takes me next week."

On matching up with Damion James...
"That's a good match up. He's a tremendous player. He's really talented, he has good size and we're both old, grizzly veterans. We're two seniors, we've seen each other in some other workouts and we've been following each other's careers since we were in grade school. So it was fun to come out here and compete against him again."

On his hopes for draft night...
"I'm trying not to think about it too much but there's no choice. You get bugged with it a lot and I'm just real anxious to see where I end up, what city I'll be living in next year and the teammates I'll have. It's something I've been dreaming of since I was a kid and it's just a real blessing that it's only around the corner."

On breaking a lot of Marquette fans' hearts with his play in the NCAA tournament...
"I heard that from the time I got off the plane yesterday and I told them `Hey, if it wasn't for that I might not be here in your city working out for the Milwaukee Bucks'. But I'm sorry for making that shot. Even Lazar Hayward admits it was a lucky shot but hey, he should have double-teamed me. They could have tried a little bit better but Lazar said he went to double-team and I went the other way. It was a great shot, a shot that no one would forget."

On what position he'll play in the NBA...
"I'm going to be a small forward in the NBA, I'm going to be a shooting guard in the NBA. At Washington I had to change my game a little bit, I had to play some four because of how our team was made, our look of our team and in order to win games. So when I get to the NBA it's going to be my comfortable position, my natural position as a wing player. I'm going to compete as hard as I can and hopefully win a lot of championships."

On how his shot is coming...
"It's a lot better than a lot of people think. Just because I didn't take many threes didn't mean I couldn't shoot threes in college. It's coming along great. It kind of surprises people that haven't really seen me play in a workout setting like this. It needs work still. I'm not a Ray Allen-type shooter but I'm pretty decent. I want to get to be able to consistently knock down that three-point shot."

On Skiles liking players like Luc Richard Mbah a Moute who play tough defense...
"Mbah a Moute is a tremendous player. He works extremely hard on the floor and those defensive players, they seem to stick around the league a lot more than the offensive players and it's a lot easier to get a role on the team. I think when you play defense, you win games, you're able to contribute in so many ways that's bigger than just going out and scoring."

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Damion James

On the workout...
"It was a great workout today, real competitive, we had a lot of great players in there today so it went pretty good."

On what he's hoping for in the draft...
"Really (if I'm) just fortunate enough to get picked and just coming out and be able to play in the NBA and live my dream."

On how his college experience prepares him for this moment...
"It's great. Really just coming out and being ready to go, contribute to an NBA team right away, I think that's what four years of college did for me and I'm ready for all challenges."

On getting anxiety for not knowing where he'll be picked...
"There's a lot of teams that like me around those areas (middle of the first round) so we'll just see what happens. My agent is keeping me updated and he says things are looking pretty good so we'll see."

On his workout schedule...
"I've got like two more. Yeah (I'm happy about that). I heard a couple dudes saying they're done so they got to be good. So I've got a couple more then I'll be able to say the same. I've had like seven so far. So it's been pretty good though. Today was a good workout, it went pretty good, so we'll see what happens."

On if defensive ability is a big asset for a player...
"It's great to be able to contribute on defense because defense wins championships. You can be a great offensive player but if you can be the total package, that's even better."

On if he's a two or a three...
"I'm just a basketball player. I can play either one. The things that I do so well allow me to play the three a lot; rebounding and defense and being able to knock down the open shots and get to the rim in transition. It'll be interesting to see if I'm able to come to this organization if they draft me and see what happens."

On who he models his game after...
"I'm kind of solo. I try to bring something different."

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Ricky Franklin

On how this workout compared to his first one with the Bucks...
"(It) was even better talent than last time, way better talent. It was a big honor. I think I performed way better. I didn't get taken out of the workout this time for cramping up. I think I got myself in better shape in the last two weeks and I performed way better than I did last time."

On what his goal is...
"I'm looking for an opportunity. So I'm trying to work to get a shot to show other teams what I can do, show Milwaukee what I can do. So really just trying to get my name out there and perform for other teams."

On what he thinks he needs to show to get that opportunity...
"Just that I can make shots. I'm a hard defender, a good teammate and also that I'd be able to run a team and good leadership."

On who impressed him with today's workout...
"Everybody. I watched pretty much everybody that was out there playing and everybody performed well. There were no surprises. I pretty much watched them during the season and I knew what they could do so it was just watching the same thing over and over again but they did real well."

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Marqus Blakely

On today's workout...
"I felt it went pretty well. There was a lot of defense being played out there. It was tough going on there coming from the road (travel each day), just out there trying to give it my all. Just trying to bust my ass out there every day, but there's only a week to go until the draft."

On how the workout compared to others...
"It was more of a fitness type workout. They were seeing what kind of shape we were in. Some of the other workouts were a lot more about skills and development, seeing how many jumpers we can shoot. This one was more, lets get you tired and then workout."

On his workout process...
"I've had about six workouts and I have three left."

On what he needs to work on and what he can bring to a team...
"I could work on my ball-handling and my long-range jumper. Things I can bring are energy off the bench, defensive effort and being a good teammate off the court and trying to help my teammates get better."

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Devin Ebanks

On what he'd bring to a team...
"Toughness, rebounding, defense and scoring. I'm very coachable. Pretty much whatever the coach wants me to play, I can play."

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Aubrey Coleman

On today's workout...
"It was alright, coming from Dallas, it was alright."

On how the workout compared to others...
"It was similar to others. Playing three-on-three full court."

On his workout process...
"I've had 12 workouts so far and more left. The Rockets, Sacramento is going to bring me back in and Indiana is bringing me back in."

On what he can bring to the team that he goes to...
"Hustle, playing defense and I can score too."

On leading his scoring transitioning from college to the pros...
"I can come in right away and put points on the board."

On if playing four years of college basketball will help him transition to the NBA...
"Yeah, I think it does. I'm just ready no matter what."

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