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Xavier Henry

Xavier Henry - Kansas - Freshman
3/15/91 - 6'6" - 220 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Chosen Big 12 All-Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2009-10. A freshman All-America by Collegeinsider.com and FoxSports.com, and a midseason candidate for the Wooden Award. Competed for the USA Junior Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit as a high school senior.
  • Strengths: Excellent outside shooter. Great height for a shooting guard and possesses a strong physical build. High basketball IQ.

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson - Cincinnati - Freshman
11/5/90 - 6'5" - 225 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Named Big East Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2009-10. Threetime recipient of Big East Freshman of the Week. A 2009 McDonald's High School All- American. New York State's all-time leading prep scorer. Competed at the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival and first played at the prestigious ABCD Camp as a rising high school freshman. Named 2006 EA Sports National Freshman of the
    Year and 2007 EA Sports National Sophomore of the Year.
  • Strengths: Tough, athletic wing. Slasher who can get off looks with his dribble drive. Good finisher. Able to post smaller defenders.

Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside - Marshall - Freshman
6/13/89 - 6'11" - 235 lbs - Center | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: An AP Honorable Mention All-American as a freshman as well as 2010 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Led the nation in blocks with 5.35 per game. His 182 blocks in a season were the fourth-most ever in D-1 history. Led the nation in triple-doubles with three.
  • Strengths: Remarkable shot-blocker. Huge upside. Very long and active around the basket. Solid face-up shooter.

Ryan Richards

Ryan Richards - England - 19 Years Old
4/24/91 - 6'11" - 215 lbs - Forward | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Began his career at the amateur club level in England with Medway Park Crusaders at 13. Left for Spain after accepting a scholarship to Gran Canaria's academy in 2006-07. Competed with C.B. Aguimes in Canaria the following season while making three appearances with Real Madrid's junior team in the Nike International Junior Tournament. Moved to Belgium in 2008-09, playing for Dexia Mons-Hainaut, which was coached by Chris Finch, head coach of England's national team. Returned to Gran Canaria in 2009-10, playing with its junior team in the EBA, Spain's fourth division. Loaned later in the season to BBC Monthey of Switzerland. Has represented England in national team play at the U-16 and U-18 level. At 15, became the youngest player to ever compete at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2007.
  • Strengths: Mobile. Has great length at the forward position. Aggressive scorer. Good shooting touch. Solid rebounder.

AJ Slaughter

AJ Slaughter - Western Kentucky - Senior
8/3/1987 - 6'3" - 200 lbs - Guard | Draft Profile

  • Career Highlights: Along with teammate Jeremy Evans, combined for two regular season Sun Belt Championships, two SBC Tournament titles, three NCAA Tournament wins and a 97-40 ledger in four years at Western Kentucky. Finished 12th in school history with 1,581 career points.
  • Strengths: Extremely quick, offensive-minded guard. Easily separates from defenders, and looks to finish plays near the basket. Shoots with range and is clever using the glass on shorter shots.

Nic Wise

Nic Wise - Arizona - Senior
9/8/87- 5'10" - 180 lbs - Guard

  • First-Team All-Pac 10 honoree as a senior.
  • Averaged 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior ... 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists as a junior.
  • Early entry candidate for 2009 NBA Draft but withdrew his name.


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Billy McKinney - Bucks Director of Scouting

On the workout...
"Today, another good workout. We had Xavier Henry from Kansas in today, Lance Stephenson from Cincinnati, Nic Wise from Arizona, we had six players in, (Hassan) Whiteside, it was a good workout today. Realistically of the players that we might be looking at at 15, Xavier Henry I think will be gone, looking at all the mock drafts that we've looked at and talked about as a group, he could be gone. (He's a) very good shooter. But it was a good, energetic group, A.J. Slaughter from Western Kentucky was in as well. Very competitive group today."

On what Henry would bring to the team...
"He's an excellent outside shooter and the thing that we saw in the workout today, was that he's a much better on-the-ball defender then I think we all gave him credit for. Sometimes, watching games, you're watching a team in a system and you don't see all those things, so that's why the workouts are so important. The other interesting prospect that we had in today was Ryan Richards--19-years old, about 6'10" from England. Had a very interesting accent, I can't imitate it, but a very big man that's very skilled. We saw him play in Chicago, he played relatively well there and then in Minnesota, we saw him at the workout there. He injured his knee there, just bumped knees with another player a couple of times, but he had a very impressive workout today."

On what kind of player Hassan Whiteside is...
"A good shot-blocker, he's still very raw. He's pretty new to the game, but a guy that blocks a lot of shots, rebounds, there's a lot of room for improvement and growth in his game."

On where he projects Whiteside will be drafted...
"There's been some speculation that he'll go ahead of us. I can't see that. We'll look at him but I would say, right now, this is just my opinion, I'd say that might be a stretch for us to take him at 15."

On the match-up between Lance Stephenson and Xavier Henry...
"It was a very good match-up; both (are) very physical players. One of the things that happens with guys that are shooters, a guy like Xavier Henry, gets a reputation of being one-dimensional and sometimes maybe being labeled as soft, but those two guys had a very physical match-up today. You can see that Xavier is accustomed to playing tough on-the-ball defense."

On his impressions of Lance Stephenson...
"A great one-on-one player. One of the best stories I've heard about Lance Stephenson was when he was 15 or 16, at the Rucker League (Rucker Park, NY), that he had a pretty good match-up against Jamal Crawford when he was playing with the Knicks and out-played him. But a very strong player; really has a knack of being able to get to the basket and score around the basket. So a tough match-up today for both of those players."

On if his list is coming together of who might be available at 15...
"It's getting there. Of course Thursday is right down the line. I spent the weekend in New York watching a German player workout--Tibor Pleiss. I had a chance to talk with other scouts and executives around the league and they're still trying to get a handle on who's the top-10 players in this draft. So being at 15, we still have an idea of what players could be there. We've been focusing on those players, but we're always prepared for the things that might seem like they might not happen; kind of surprises of the guys that might fall. I think after the top-seven or so, I think the draft is going to be kind of a wild ride this year and it depends on who likes who."

On how all the uncertainty affects their draft preparations this year...
"Well it required us to do a lot of research. Not only on the players, from a background standpoint, but we've spent countless hours in our conference room up there looking over videos and going through the scenarios, who we like, how we're rating the players and I'm sure we'll do that exercise until Thursday."

On how essential a backup for Andrew Bogut would be...
"It would be important for us. A good backup; I think that's really an important thing because if you look at the Finals, you look at Boston, how they played with their big front line, the Lakers, with their big front line, it would be good for us to be able to have somebody back there that could help Andrew Bogut as well. He's coming off of a really good year for us. Kurt Thomas did a nice job for him, filling in for the playoffs, but we need somebody with a little younger blood back there."

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Lance Stephenson

On the workout...
"It went real good, going up against Xavier Henry, he's a great player and he's very competitive, just like me. This was one of the best workouts that I've been to."

On what he thinks he can bring to a team...
"I can bring a lot of energy. I can be a good defensive player, a hard worker and a leader on the court. I like to help others, so that's what I want to do for a team."

On how he would assess his year at Cincinnati...
"I think I did real good in Cincinnati. It was a great program, I loved the players that were there with me and I loved the coaches so I think I did real good."

On if people talking about him for a long time helps prepare him for this process...
"I love the hype. I love when kids notice me when I walk around so I think I can live up to the hype and keep playing hard."

On how he would fit in with the Bucks...
"I watched the Bucks a lot this season, especially when Brandon Jennings was on the team. I liked the way they play up and down, that's similar to how I play, so I think I'd fit in real good with the Bucks."

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Xavier Henry

On the workout...
"It was good. We had a real competitive group, me, Lance, two bigs and two point guards really go at it. So we had a good day, productive day and now we just have to look for the next one."

On if the process is tiring...
"Your body can get tired but you just got to take care of it. It gets a little tiring going from place to place to place but you have your little breaks in between your workouts. If you take your time and just manage your time the way you're resting when you're off the court, then you'll be fine."

On his workout schedule...
"This was my 12th. I've got one more left with Boston tomorrow and then I'm done. (I) will be almost as happy as when you get drafted, you'll be like `Oh my goodness, it's over'. It's not because it's so hard, it's just because it's nerve-wracking because you want to do so great in front of the teams so you just worry about it too much. Once it's over, there's nothing else you can do. You can just say you gave it your best and that's all."

On if he'll be in New York on Thursday...
"I think they're saying I'm going to get invited to New York. I think they're supposed to make up the finalizations tonight or tomorrow. By tonight I'll know. If I get invited, I'll go to New York. If I don't, I don't know, I'll probably just be home."

On if he could picture himself coming in and contributing with the Bucks right away with the uncertainty at shooting guard...
"Oh yes, that's a big part of it because you don't know which one is coming back. You know Michael Redd has been hurt the past couple of seasons and John Salmons, people don't think he's coming back, so this would be a great place to step in next to Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut, have a solid team around you and just come here and contribute and compete from day one and that's what I'm trying to do."

On having Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee...
"He's a flashy player. People like to play with flashy people but they also like to play with unselfish people and I think he has a combination of both. So when you're out there playing with him, you're having fun, it's not so much of a serious, serious game. You're out there smiling, having fun while you're playing and that's how I like to play so it would be fun to come here."

On his shooting ability...
"I'm a pretty good shooter, I've always been able to shoot since I was young and I just kept working on it. I can shoot off the dribble, I can shoot off screens, I can shoot spot-up, so I think I bring a good stretch out for the team. If they're sinking in, I can knock it down and stretch the defense out for other people to drive and do stuff like that. I think my asset to the team would be a great one. I think it could help a lot."

On coming from a basketball family...
"It helps a lot with my family because it's not like a regular family that doesn't know anything about basketball and I'm the first one out there and they're just trying to help me without any clue. They know what's going on, they know what to look for and they know how to help me and what I need to work on because they know the game just as much as I do. They help me a lot with basketball but they also help me a lot off the court, just taking care of me, just making sure everything's right and making sure I know what I need to work on. My family does everything for me so I love them."

On his on-the-ball defending...
"Throughout the process, I saw myself getting a lot better on-the-ball because I knew once you got into these workouts, it was a lot of one-on-ones and that's what I really like more. At Kansas, I didn't get to do a lot of it because of my two All-Americans (Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich), but once I got in these workouts I've been going one-on-one and I've been helping myself out by showing teams what I can do. With that, you've got to play defense on the one-on-one side and I've been getting a lot quicker and a lot longer steps and I'm already strong and everything, so nobody's just going to bully me."

On defense being important to Scott Skiles...
"I always focus on every part of my game, but just knowing Coach Skiles, you know that's a big part of it and you've got to bring intensity."

On his feelings going into Draft night...
"I'm not sure where I'm going to go. I've been hearing good things about me moving up and stuff but you can't really listen to that. You just have to listen to the GMs and coaches, what they tell your agent and how you've been performing. So far I've been doing good in every single one of them so I'm just trying to keep it up and just hope for the best."

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Hassan Whiteside

On the workout...
"I thought I did OK. I wish I would have made more shots and finished more but I thought it was OK, it was real physical."

On what he's hoping for on draft night...
"I've got a couple teams in mind that I'd like to go to because I like the coaches there, but anything; (it) wouldn't matter."

On the Bucks...
"They're a good team. A good young team, they've got a good guard with Brandon Jennings so they're going to be talented."

On what he could bring to the team...
"Probably all-around, just add to the game on offense and defense, rebounding, just add to everything."

On playing power forward...
"I played more power forward growing up. Marshall was my first time playing center and even then I was like a pick and pop center."

On if he's confident his shot can translate to the NBA...
"I feel like I could be a pick and pop or a pick and roll guy. I'm real athletic and long so I feel like I could do that."

On what's surprised him about the draft process...
"Just really the physicality of it. They don't really call fouls, they're really looking to see how hard you play."

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A.J. Slaughter

On the workout...
"It was a good workout. There was a good group of guys who got out there and competed and got up and down the floor a little bit. It was definitely a good workout."

On how many workouts he's had and has remaining...
"This is my 11th workout and I've got Boston tomorrow. That's my last one before the draft."

On what he'd bring to a team...
"I'm a point guard that can come off the bench and provide some quickness and speed to get the team up and down the court. I could fit in with a team that likes to play fast and get up and down the floor."

On feedback on what he can work on...
"Teams have been telling me to work on my first step and jump shot so I've been focusing on that."

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Ryan Richards

On today's workout...
"I've had around 12 workouts and had great feedback from every one, so today was another good one."

On playing overseas last season...
"The first quarter of the season I was in Spain and I got loaned out to Switzerland for the remainder of the season."

On adjusting to NBA workouts...
"It hasn't been that tough to adjust, it's just been my stamina. I got over here and the workouts were real tough at the beginning so I had to get my stamina up, get in better shape. Apart from that it's been fine. A lot of the workouts we start off with some skills drills which I look good in that. We played a bit of three on three and one on one. So it was really just the stamina in the beginning that I had to work on."

On changing his game after playing in England...
"It's changed a lot. I moved away from home when I was pretty young. I went to Spain for a couple years to play under 16 and under 18 (basketball). I went to Belgium for a year to play professional. I went back to Spain this year and it didn't work out so I had to get loaned out."

On what he's hoping for on draft night...
"Just get my name called. A team that wants me, a team that welcomes me that I can help straight away. If it's (pick) number one or number 60, it doesn't bother me as long as I can help the team."

On what he can bring to a team...
"Pass, shoot the ball and spread the floor."

On how he matched up against Hassan Whiteside...
"Fine. He's very, very long. You have to be smart, use pump fakes, to get around him. It was a good match-up for me, good to show what I can do."

On the challenge of playing against Whiteside...
"Definitely. I went up against him in Sacramento and had my shot blocked plenty of times so I learned from that. He's very, very long. I wasn't used to that. Today I did great, learning from the last workout."

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Nic Wise

On the workout...
"It was fine. It was a lot of playing. We didn't do too many drills. So it was just a lot of competition which is always fun."

On this workout compared to others he's been in...
"The other ones have been more drills. They want to see you shoot and a lot of (running) pick and roll stuff. Today they just wanted to see us compete and that's what I like to do."

On what he has scheduled before the draft...
"I'm done, this was my seventh workout and I'm going home now to relax."

On what he'll bring to an NBA team...
"Heart. Being a point guard off the bench that can run the show, that won't turn the ball over. I can pick up the other point guard full court and just be a pest."

On if playing four years of college basketball is an advantage when transitioning to the NBA...
"I think so. You learn a lot more being in college four years rather than just a year or two. You learn the system and you learn to accept your role. In the NBA things will be a lot different. Guys that don't accept their roles probably won't be able to stick on their team."

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