Draft Workouts - 6/5/09

Draft Workouts - 6/5/09

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Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp - UCLA - Senior
2/14/86 - 6'5" - 220 lbs

  • Averaged 14.5, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 33 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 50.4% from the field, 43.3% from three and 80.2% from the line.
  • Set the UCLA record for career starts with 132 and is fourth in three pointers with 196.
  • Athletes in the Josh Shipp's family include his father Joe (football at USC) and brother Joe (basketball at California).
Josh Heytvelt

Josh Heytvelt - Gonzaga - Senior
6/26/86 - 6'11" - 260 lbs

  • Averaged 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 34 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 54.4% from the field, 40.4% from three and 71.8% from the line.
  • Led Gonzaga in scoring as a senior and was sixth overall in the WCC.
  • Was part of four straight NCAA Tournament teams and named All-West Coast Conference as a senior.
Brandon Costner

Brandon Costner - North Carolina State - Junior
7/21/87 - 6'10" - 230 lbs

  • Averaged 13.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 46.2% from the field, 35.3% from three and 74.9% from the line.
  • Finished junior season with 1,273 points, 27th best in school history.
  • Holds N.C. State freshman records for scoring, rebounding, field goals, free throws, minutes and games started.
Michael Bramos

Michael Bramos - Miami (OH) - Senior
5/27/87 - 6'5" - 220 lbs

  • Averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 40.2% from the field, 35.7% from three and 83.3% from the line.
  • His 1.1 blocks per game was the fourth-best in the Mid-American Conference.
  • Named MAC Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season.
Alonzo Gee

Alonzo Gee - Alabama - Senior
5/29/87 - 6'6" - 219 lbs

  • Averaged 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 32 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 44.7% from the field, 36.5% from three and 63.2% from the line.
  • Earned All-SEC Second Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons.
  • Only the 11th player in Alabama history to have at least 1,500 points and 700 rebounds.
Alex Ruoff

Alex Ruoff - West Virginia - Senior
9/29/86 - 6'6" - 220 lbs

  • Averaged 15.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 43.0% from the field, 37.3% from three and 79.8% from the line.
  • Finished his career at West Virginia ranked 1st in three pointers (262), 18th in points (1,420) and seventh in assists (410).
  • Was a First Team Academic All-American as a senior.

Check back to bucks.com for video and photos of today's workout. More workouts are scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th. Stay tuned for details. For instant updates follow us on Twitter (@bucks).

Josh Shipp

On today's workout...
"It's a tough workout. You're constantly moving. It's a lot of competitive drills. I liked it. It was fun going out there and competing the whole time. I feel pretty good. I was able to do a few good things out there. I'm happy with my overall performance. The main thing was that I went out there and competed."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"I feel I can do a little bit of everything. I can shoot, defend, pass, dribble, whatever they need, I feel like I can do."

On future workouts...
"I have to go to Sacramento, Portland and New Jersey. New Jersey is a group workout so there will be a lot of teams there."

On talking to former UCLA teammate and current Milwaukee Buck, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute...
"I saw him this morning. I got to laugh and joke with him before the workout so that was cool. He didn't really give me any advice. We just kind of caught up."

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Josh Heytvelt

On today's workout...
 "It was pretty good. The Bucks put together a pretty good workout and they tested what we can do. It was tough. If it wasn't the toughest workout, it was the second toughest."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"A good offensive presence. I have a good pick-and-pop game. I run the floor very well. I can just try to be an energy guy for them."

On what he needs to work on...
"I need to get better at lateral defense and playing hard 100 percent of the time."

On future workouts...
"I have a bunch. I go from here to Sacramento. Then I have a couple of days off. Afterward, I go to Chicago, Washington, New Jersey, New Orleans, Atlanta, San Antonio, Phoenix and Utah. That might be all of them. Today was my seventh workout."

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Brandon Costner

On today's workout...
"I thought it was a good workout. It was a lot of fun. I want to thank the Bucks for giving me the opportunity to come and showcase what I can do. I thought it was a real positive day."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"I'll pretty much do whatever it takes to help the team win, whether it be the dirty work, grab loose balls and rebounds, or knock down jump shots. I can facilitate the offense and do whatever they need me to do to win."

On his strengths...
"I can spread the floor and knock down jumpers. I rebound and defend the post well. I'm willing to learn and listen, and I'm a gym rat. I'm always in the gym, always trying to get better. I love basketball, so I do whatever I can to get better at that."

On future workouts...
"I have workouts in Chicago, New York and Charlotte coming up."

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Michael Bramos

On today's workout...
"It was good. A very good, tough, fun workout."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"Some toughness, versatility, outside shooting and good defense."

On what he needs to work on...
"Probably some ball handling. I need to get quicker for the two-guard position."

On future workouts...
"I go to Chicago, Portland and a few others."

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Alonzo Gee

On today's workout...
"I think it was a pretty good workout. It was pretty tough though. I think I did okay. We were competing out there so it was fun"

On his strengths...
"Defense is a huge strength for me, as well as defensive rebounding."

On what he'd bring to the Bucks...
"A lot of defense, rebounding, and solid guard play."

On future workouts...
"I got Oklahoma City, Houston and San Antonio. This was my third workout so far."

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Alex Ruoff

On today's workout...
"I only made it through half way. I had a sprained ankle and I couldn't finish it."

On how he sprained his ankle...
"It happened at an earlier workout in Detroit. I tweaked it and today it didn't hold up for me. I did it about half way, but once we started playing, it locked up."

On getting back to workouts...
"I'm going to Chicago to rehab my ankle. That's where I'm training, so I'll start rehab tomorrow."

On future workouts...
"I have one with the Bulls next week, so I have a week to try and get back."

On his strengths...
"My shooting, my defense and my basketball I.Q."

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Bucks continue draft workouts

By Cherome Owens

The Milwaukee Bucks got another close look at potential draft picks on Friday morning at the Cousins Center.

The six NBA hopefuls invited to the workout were Josh Shipp (UCLA, senior, 6-5, 200), Josh Heytvelt (Gonzaga, senior, 6-11, 250), Brandon Costner (North Carolina State, junior, 6-9, 230), Michael Bramos (Miami-OH, senior, 6-5, 220), Alonzo Gee (Alabama, senior, 6-5, 215) and Alex Ruoff (West Virginia, senior, 6-6, 220).

Friday's workouts were just as competitive as the first series of workouts held two weeks ago. Each player went through similar drills as the previous workout groups: light warm-ups, vertical jump tests, rope jumping, a variety of lay-up and jump shooting drills, and one-on-one, two-on-two and three-on-three competitions.

Assistant coaches Kelvin Sampson, Billy Peterson and Adrian Griffin, and Video Coordinator Jason Staudt instructed on-court exercises while Assistant General Manager Jeff Weltman, Head Coach Scott Skiles, Assistant Coach Jim Boylan, Director of Scouting Billy McKinney and Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock carefully watched from the sidelines to examine and see if one of them has what it takes to be chosen in next month's NBA Draft.

Two of the prospects at Friday's workout were college teammates of current Bucks players. Shipp enjoyed much success at UCLA with Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, while Ruoff and Bucks forward Joe Alexander teamed up at West Virginia. However, only one of them was satisfied after today's workout, as Ruoff was unable to finish after hurting his ankle.

"It was fun going out there and competing the whole time," Shipp said. "I feel pretty good. I was able to do a few good things out there. I'm happy with my overall performance. The main thing was that I went out there and competed."

"I only made it through half way," Ruoff said. "I had a sprained ankle and I couldn't finish it. It happened at an earlier workout in Detroit. I tweaked it and today it didn't hold up for me. I did some of the drills, but once we started playing in the more competitive workouts, it locked up."

Throughout the morning, Gee proved to be the best defensive player on the court, swatting shots and providing a lot of energy.

"I like playing defense," Gee said. "It was a tough workout. I got a little winded, but it was fun."

After Friday's competitive workout, McKinney gave his perspective on each player:

Michael Bramos - "He's just a tough nose competitor that shoots the ball well. We had a drill where he made 22 out of 26 shots. He really stood out in Portsmouth (VA) as well. He did a good job today. There's going to be opportunities for him to play professionally, whether it be in the NBA or possibly overseas."

Brandon Costner - "I would tend to think that he might be more of a European player because he can really shoot the ball outside. He's 6-10, doesn't really have a post game. He's pretty much a spot-up shooter."

Alonzo Gee - "He's a terrific athletic. Great defender. He reminds me of former NBA player Ruben Patterson, who played for Seattle (Supersonics) and Milwaukee in terms of the way he plays defense. A tremendous athlete. He has to improve some of his offensive skill set but could make a team based on his defensive strengths."

Josh Heytvelt - "He's a big guy that can stretch the floor, shoot the ball and rebound. With the right team, he can have a good opportunity (to play in the NBA). He's a guy that can get drafted somewhere in the second round."

Alex Ruoff - "He played with Joe Alexander at West Virginia. He was injured today in a workout. He had an ankle injury so he couldn't complete the drills. We've watched him enough during the year to know what he does well. He's a great shooter. With teams playing zone defense, you see guys like Jason Kapono that can stretch the floor. In the right situation for Alex he can make a team."

Josh Shipp - "A teammate of (Luc Richard) Mbah a Moute in college. Reminds me a little bit of Danny Green of North Carolina. Good shooter, good defender. Doesn't have great foot speed, but for him I think his asset is going to be his ability to knock down outside shots."

Friday's exercises were the first workout at the training center since May 22. Last week, Bucks scouts and coaches attended a combine in Chicago from May 27-29 at the Attack Athletics facility. The front office staff also split up to visit group workouts in Minnesota and Golden State.

The Bucks have worked out 24 players thus far and will continue prospect workouts on Tuesday morning at the Cousins Center.


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