Draft Workouts - 5/21/09

Draft Workouts - 5/21/09

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Bamba Fall

Bamba Fall - SMU - Senior
6/27/86 - 7'1" - 225

  • Averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 30 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 57.6% from the field, 70.3% from the line and did not attempt a three.
  • Blocked 2.2 shots per game in 2008-09.
  • Attended school and played basketball for SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, before coming to the United States to attend Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Tony Gaffney

Tony Gaffney - UMass - Senior
11/14/84 - 6'8" - 210

  • Averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 54.2% from the field, 33.3% from three and 64.6% from the line.
  • In 2008-09 was the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, Atlantic 10 Second-Team and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team.
  • Averaged 3.8 blocks per game and 2.0 steals in 2008-09.
Lester Hudson

Lester Hudson - TN-Martin - Senior
8/7/84 - 6-3 - 190

  • Averaged 27.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 32 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 44.9% from the field, 35.5% from three and 88.1% from the line.
  • Scored 20 or more points in all but two games and was the second-highest scoring leader in the nation during the 2008-09 season.
  • The first men's player in Division I history to record a quadruple-double with 25 pts, 12 rbs, 10 asts and 10 stls in a win over Division II Central Baptist College.
Joe Ingles

Joe Ingles - Australia
10/2/87 - 6'8" - 195

  • Averaged 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 30 games in 2008-09 playing in Australia's NBL.
  • Shot 45.0% from the field, 37.0% from three and 81.0% from the line.
  • Represented Australia in the 2008 Olympics and averaged 4.8 points while shooting 61.5% from the floor, Averaged 9.4 minutes in the five games he appeared in.
Joe Krabbenhoft

Joe Krabbenhoft - Wisconsin - Senior
3/24/87 - 6'7" - 220

  • Averaged 8.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 48.0% from the field, 36.4% from three and 84.6% from the line.
  • Saw his points, rebounds and assists average increase with each of his four seasons at Wisconsin.
  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten Team his senior year as voted by the media.
Jeremy Pargo

Jeremy Pargo - Gonzaga - Senior
3/7/86 - 6'2" - 215

  • Averaged 10.2 points, 4.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 34 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 47.9% from the field, 35.9% from three and 70.0% from the line.
  • A 2008 early entry candidate before returning to school for his senior year.
  • Brother of Jannero Pargo who has played in six NBA seasons, most recently for New Orleans in 2007-08.
  • Named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 14 second team and was an Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection after his Junior season.

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Bamba Fall

On today's workout...
"I should have been in better shape. I got a little tired."

On the toughest drill today...
"I know for sure I didn't do so well in the three-on-three."

On the type of player he is...
"I'd like to say I'm a defensive player but I really didn't show it today. I need to do a better job of that."

On his strengths...
"I'm good at blocking shots and getting rebounds"


Tony Gaffney

On falling hard to the floor after going after a rebound...
"I don't really feel anything when I'm injured or hurt. I tore my MCL last year and I was supposed to be out six weeks, but I was out six days. Today's fall was nothing. I just got back up and kept fighting."

On today's workout...
"It was good. It was real competitive, and the coaches were great. You can ask them anything, and they'll give you a quick, straight answer. The competition was very good and it was a real tough workout."

On what he thought was his best drill today...
"Any of the one-on-one, three-on-three drills. I love competition. That's what I live for. I wake up hoping to compete with somebody everyday. Anytime you get to get in the gym with five other guys being considered to be picked in the NBA Draft, there's nothing like that."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"To be honest with you, I know that every time I step between those lines I play like it's my last time. I'm skilled for somebody who's 6-9, and I'm an energy guy. I never stop. My motor just keeps on going."


Lester Hudson

On today's workout...
"I think I did okay. My team did well, played together and got each other open looks. I think I did good."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"High intensity. I work hard, so hopefully I can bring some leadership to the team."

On his upcoming workouts...
"I go to Miami tomorrow. I also have San Antonio, Houston and Washington. I think I have about six more after the pre-draft camp."

On the type of player he is...
"I think I'm a scoring guard. I'm aggressive at going to the basket. I create my own shots and can get my teammates involved in the game."

On being the only player in NCAA Division I history to get a quadruple double in a single game...
"That game was amazing. I was fortunate to get a quadruple double. I never thought that I could get one. I don't know if it's going to happen again. It might happen, but it's very hard. It was for hard me to get it. I tried to do it again, but I couldn't get it. I was very excited when I heard I was the only one in college to do that."


Joe Ingles

On his performance during today's workout...
"Not too bad. I didn't shoot the ball well. I've been shooting better in the other workouts. This is my fifth workout in seven days. I was getting a little bit tired at the end. I did okay in the three-on-three. It was good overall."

On upcoming workouts...
"I've done seven already. I'm going to the Chicago Combine next week. I'll also go to Italy for another camp, and more workouts in between."

On playing for Australia in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games...
"It was unreal. We got to play America twice, which was good. We had a pretty good team. We ended up finishing seventh after we lost to America. I knew it was going to be tough, but it was a great experience and I got to play some great players."

On receiving advice from fellow Australian Andrew Bogut...
"I spoke to him a few times. He just said to be confident."

On playing with Bogut during the Olympics...
"It was awesome. He's such a good player. Offensively, he's extremely talented. Defensively, he's great. He's also an awesome passer. For the whole tournament, he was one of our best players. He and Patty Mills led our team. It was a great experience playing with him and I look forward to playing with him again"


Joe Krabbenhoft

On if he has a spot in the NBA...
"As a player, I think I belong. I don't think anyone should think otherwise. I played against the best players in the country for four years. I played with some of the best in Alando Tucker and guys like that.

"I know I can fit in, but a lot of things have to click just right for a guy like me to find a spot in this league. You just have to hope for the best and come out here and play hard. That's what I've been doing. I'm grateful and thankful for the opportunity to showcase what I have."

On the differences between the college game and the NBA...
"As far as seeing the NBA, what it stands for and what it takes to get to this level, the attire you're wearing and everything like that is more business-like. Once you step out on the floor, it's basketball. Basketball is basketball. It's a faster pace with bigger guys. The guards seem like forwards and the centers seem like giants. That all takes getting used to, but basketball is basketball no matter what level it is."

On working out close to where he played in college...
"I feel at home in Wisconsin. The people of this state have kind of adopted me as one of their own, especially in Madison. I don't know about Marquette and Milwaukee (because of the Wisconsin/Marquette rivalry), but we have great relationships."

"I've had the chance to get to know (Marquette players) Wes (Matthews), Dominic (James) and Jerell (McNeal) over the last few weeks. On the court we get after it, but they're great guys."

"With the Bucks in our backyard I've had the opportunity to watch them every night on FS Wisconsin. It's been fun. Coach Skiles is a great coach. He gets his guys to play hard and the right way. Hopefully, I could fit in. I'm hoping for the best and having a great time doing it."


Jeremy Pargo

On today's workout...
"It was a great workout playing with a bunch of guys who were pretty good. They were great with their college teams. We got out here together for the first time, played well, and definitely played hard."

On his strengths...
"Just playing tough and doing my best to help my team. The three-on-three group I was in did pretty well. I'm just trying to help my team be successful on the court."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"Toughness, athleticism at the guard spot, and leadership."

On advice he received from his brother, Jannero Pargo, who played in the NBA...
"He told me to just go hard and play hard in every situation I'm in, and have fun."


Day two of workouts

By Cherome Owens

The second day of player workouts featured five college seniors and one Australian as each prospect has their sights set on becoming a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.

The participants were Bamba Fall (SMU, senior, 7-1, 225), Tony Gaffney (UMass, senior, 6-8, 210), Lester Hudson (TN-Martin, senior, 6-3, 190), Joe Ingles (Australia, 6-8, 195), Joe Krabbenhoft (Wisconsin, senior, 6-7, 220), and Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga, senior, 6-2, 215).

Each player went through similar drills as Wednesday's group: light warm-ups, vertical jump tests, rope jumping, a variety of lay-up and jump shooting drills, and one-on-one and three-on-three competitions. Coaches and scouts carefully watched from the sidelines to examine the prospects to see if one of them has what it takes to be chosen in next month's NBA Draft.

Bucks Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock said there have been many solid performances in the first two days of workouts, but it's also been very competitive.

"It was much like yesterday's workout," Babcock said. "Most of the guys felt like it was the most intense workout they've had. So, it was good."

Fall, who shot 57.6 percent during his senior season at SMU, was the first to recognize the intensity of the drills.

"I should have been in better shape," Fall said. "I got a little tired."

The workout was getting so competitive on Thursday that there was a moment during the three-on-three competition when Hudson went up for a hard one-handed dunk but missed, and as Gaffney fought for the rebound he took a hard spill. However, Gaffney got right back up and continued playing as if it never happened.

"I don't really feel anything when I'm injured or hurt," Gaffney said. "I tore my MCL last year and I was supposed to be out six weeks, but I was out six days. Today's fall was nothing. I just got back up and kept fighting."

After Thursday's workout, Babcock gave his perspective on each player:

Tony Gaffney - "He's sort of a late bloomer. He was at Portsmouth and played pretty well. We added him at the last minute. He's long, very springy, and has big hands. He could get drafted. He'll definitely get a chance."

Lester Hudson - "He's like a poor man's Vinnie Johnson. He's got these long arms, big hands, he's athletic and he can really score. He's not a true point guard, but he's a good kid. He has a strong chance of getting drafted. I'd be surprised if he's not drafted. He's the kind of guy that can be an explosive scorer off the bench."

Joe Ingles - "He's a talented kid. He's definitely a strong, second-round prospect. He can shoot and pass. I think he just needs to get stronger to make him more physical and tougher, but I think he has a chance."

Joe Krabbenhoft - "Joe is the most hard-nosed kid you'll ever have. He's not an NBA player, and I'm sure he realizes that. But it was great having him in for a workout. If he wants to play basketball as a career, I think he'll have an opportunity because he really knows how to play. He can make open shots and he plays very physical."

Jeremy Pargo - "He's strong and physical. He's another guy who can easily get drafted in the second round. He's a good defender and good in transition. He needs to work on his shooting a little bit, but he's a tough kid."

The Bucks will wrap up the first week of workouts tomorrow morning.