Draft Workouts - 6/15/09

Draft Workouts - 6/15/09

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Nando De Colo

Nando De Colo – France
6/23/87 – 6’5” – 200 lbs

  • Averaged 13.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 22 French League games, while also posting 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 15 games for the FIBA EuroChallenge in 2008-09.
  • Shot 50.4% from the field, 33.7% from three and 88.1% from the line during French League play in 2008-09.
Kyle McAlarney

Kyle McAlarney – Notre Dame – Senior
7/17/87 – 6’0” – 200 lbs

  • Averaged 15.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 36 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 40.5% from the field, 42.3% from three and 88.4% from the line.
  • Made 26 3-pointers and scored 98 points in a three-game span (11/26/08-12/2/08).
  • Notre Dame single-season 3-point record-holder (124 in 2008-09).
Jeff Adrian

Jeff Adrien – Connecticut – Senior
2/10/86 – 6’7” – 240 lbs

  • Averaged 13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 36 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 50.5% from the field and 59.7% from the line.
  • Only player in UConn history with 1,600 points and 1,100 rebounds.
  • One of four UConn players to earn All-Big East honors three times.
Luke Zeller

Luke Zeller – Notre Dame – Senior
4/7/87 – 6’11” – 245 lbs

  • Averaged 4.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 36 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 39.6% from the field, 34.2% from three and 61.5% from the line.
  • Member of the Big East Academic All-Star Team (2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06).

Scott VanderMeer

Scott VanderMeer – Illinois-Chicago – Senior
5/16/86 – 7’0” – 255 lbs

  • Averaged 10.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 31 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 40.1% from the field and 67.0% from the line.
  • Two-time Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection (2006-07, 2007-08).
  • UIC’s all-time leading shot blocker (273 blocks in three seasons with UIC after transferring from Bowling Green).
Kleon Penn

Kleon Penn – McNeese State – Senior
9/1/86 – 6’11” – 285 lbs

  • Averaged 8.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in 29 games in 2008-09.
  • Shot 64.3% from the field and 61.8% from the line.
  • Recorded at least one block in all but five games during his last two seasons with the Cowboys.

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Nando De Colo

On today’s workout…
“It was good. It was the second time I came here. It was a lot different.”

On his second workout with the Bucks compared to the first one…
“I think it was a lot different. Last time, I made more shots. This one I made more passes.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“I can shoot. I can also make passes to make my team better.”

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Kyle McAlarney

On today’s workout…
“It was a great workout. I think I played very well. It was a good chance for me to show that I can really play point guard. I’m a natural point guard. The 3-on-3 situations were good for me to show my creative ability on ball screens. And I thought I really excelled on the shooting drills.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“To win the competitive games. I think my team won every one of them today. Also, just my competitiveness and how well I can organize a group.”

On how many workouts he’s had…
“This is only my second workout. I have a few more later this week.”

On being in the same workout as his Notre Dame teammate Luke Zeller…
“I didn’t know if he was coming in until I saw him in Newark (NJ) on the plane ride over here. It does make things a lot more comfortable because you can get nervous easily. Having Luke there, it definitely made things a lot easier and more comfortable.”

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Jeff Adrien

On today’s workout…
“I think it went alright. This wasn’t my best performance. I didn’t really bring my A-game. I kind of hurt (my thigh) during it, but I picked it up during the 3-on-3.”

On the workout…
“This was a little different. You had to run after you lost in a lot of the drills. There was a little bit of ballhandling drills, which I haven’t done in past workouts. Everything else was pretty much the same.”

On playing against taller players…
“I’ve been going up against taller players my whole life so this is nothing new. In the Big East, there were a lot of tall guys, and so as today. There is nothing different about it. I like playing bigger guys. It’s the smaller guys I have trouble with.”

On the number of workouts he’s had so far…
“This was my tenth workout. I’ve seen about 12 teams, and I have two to four more.”

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Luke Zeller

On today’s workout…
 “It went well. I’ve been working out hard, doing two-a-days, six days a week for the last two months, so I was definitely prepared for it. I showed what I can do today. I wish I could have done better, but I always wish I could have done better. That’s an everyday thing for me.”

On future workouts…
“This was my fourth workout. Yesterday, I was in New Jersey for a group workout and there were about 20 teams there. After this workout I don’t have any scheduled right now, but hopefully some more soon.”

On being in the same workout as his Notre Dame teammate Kyle McAlarney…
“It’s always good to see a familiar face, but I sure didn’t want to be in the same shooting drills as Kyle. He shot about 26 out of 27 in a minute, and I had to run a sprint up and back (because a lot of us couldn’t beat that). I think he did very well. He showed how good he can shoot and handle the ball.

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Scott VanderMeer

On today’s workout…
“Today went very well. We played a lot of competition. My team stepped up and we won a lot of them. I had fun. The coaching staff was great. They were very nice to me, and I had a good time.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“Defense is what I’m known for, and shotblocking. Also, the 18-foot shot I’ve been working on.”

On the Bucks workout compared to other workouts…
“It was probably the hardest one I’ve been to so far, but I think it was the most competitive one I’ve been to so far too. It went about an hour and a half. It went well.”

On future workouts…
“This is my second workout. I have a couple of more coming up, so I’m just getting started.”

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Kleon Penn

On today’s workout…
“It was a good workout. It was tough. This was my first workout, so I didn’t know what to expect. But I think I had a good feel for it.”

On his performance…
“I think I did alright. I struggled a little bit at the beginning, but I came on at the end.”

On his strengths…
“My shotblocking and finishing around the rim.”

On future workouts…
“I have Detroit coming up.”

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Bucks search for second round gem on Day 7

By Cherome Owens

With the NBA Draft just ten days away, the Milwaukee Bucks are bringing in a number of prospects to work out at the Cousins Center this week. 

The potential draftees invited to start the week off were Jeff Adrien (Connecticut, senior, 6-7, 240), Nando de Colo (France, 6-5, 200), Kyle McAlarney (Notre Dame senior, 6-0, 200), Kleon Penn (McNeese State, senior, 6-11, 285), Scott VanderMeer (Illinois-Chicago, senior, 7-0, 255) and Luke Zeller (Notre Dame, senior, 6-11, 245).

Unlike last week’s workouts, which included names like DaJuan Blair and Jrue Holiday, Monday’s workout consisted of only players who are projected to be selected in the second round or not picked at all. Still, the Bucks kept a close eye on each prospect in hopes of selecting another second round gem just as they’ve done in the past with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (37th in 2008), Ramon Sessions (56th in 2007) and the franchise’s fifth-leading scorer, Michael Redd (43rd in 2000). 

“I think we have a good feel for all the players we’re looking at,” said Dave Babcock, Bucks Director of Player Personnel. “We have a couple of more workouts so we can get to know some of these players a little more personally, and try to do more research on who’s going ahead of us. I think we’re getting to a point where we’re comfortable with our evaluations and where we think each player fits for us if they’re there at the 10th or 41st pick in the draft.”

During Monday morning, each player went through the same format of fundamental drills and tests as previous workouts held at the Cousins Center. However, one exercise that was included today was a full court 3-on-3 competition, which Adrien and McAlarney say they performed well in.

“The 3-on-3 situations were good for me to show my creative ability on ball screens,” McAlarney said.

Adrien, a four-year star at UConn and projected second rounder, said he tweaked his thigh today but was able to play well during the full-court games. 

“I kind of hurt (my thigh) during one of the earlier drills, but I picked it up during the 3-on-3 games,” Adrien said. “I showed my toughness. I got banged up, but I didn’t call it a day. I just went back out there and kept playing. A lot of teams are looking for guys with toughness, who’s relentless, can grab rebounds, score inside and hit 15-foot jump shots. I think that’s why teams are looking at me.”

Just like Blair, Adrien is also considered as an undersized power forward. However, defending bigger players is what Adrien did all four years for the Huskies.

“I’ve been going up against taller players my whole life so this is nothing new,” Adrien said. “In the Big East, there were a lot of tall guys, and so as today. There is nothing different about it. I like playing bigger guys. It’s the smaller guys I have trouble with.”

A lot of the bigger guys would agree with Adrien that the smaller players are tough to compete with, especially on Monday. McAlarney, who is five inches shorter than the player he was matched up with (de Colo), excelled in the shooting drills. Zeller, his teammate at Notre Dame, was happy to see the 6-foot guard at the same workout, but didn’t plan on competing against him.

“It’s always good to see a familiar face, but I sure didn’t want to be in the same shooting drills as Kyle,” Zeller said. “He made about 26 out of 27 shots in a minute, and I had to run a sprint up and back (because a lot of us couldn’t beat that). I think he did very well. He showed how good he can shoot and handle the ball.”

Following the workout, Babcock weighed in on each prospect:

Nando de Colo – “He was here a couple of weeks ago. We liked him, but he didn’t have a chance to play against a point guard in that workout. So we brought him in today to go against McAlarney. Nando’s a good player. He’s another potential second round guy, so he’s got a chance.”

Kyle McAlarney – “McAlarney was tremendous. He shot the ball as well as anybody who’s shot in a workout here. He’s a tough kid.”

Jeff Adrien – “Tough undersized power forward, very physical. He shot the ball better than I’ve seen him in the past. He did a good job. Reminds me of Jason Maxiell in Detroit. You look at a kid like that and wonder if he can translate into the NBA game. Obviously he’s tough, but can he rebound at the NBA level? I don’t think he’s going to be a big time scorer, but he can score and he showed today that he has a chance. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get drafted.”

Luke Zeller – “He’s a big pick-and-pop type of guy. He shoots it well and he’s skilled. He’s not overly athletic, but he did a good job.”

Scott VanderMeer – “Scott is a left-handed low post guy, but he can face up and shoot it. A little more physical than I thought before. He did okay today.”

Kleon Penn – “He’s not a big-name guy, but he’s got a big body. When we got into some of the competitive stuff, he did well.”

The Bucks will resume workouts later this week. 


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