Draft Workouts - 6/19/09

Draft Workouts - 6/19/09

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BJ Mullens – Ohio State – Freshman
2/14/89 – 7’0” – 260 lbs
Averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 33 games in 2008-09.
Shot 63.8% from the field and 55.9% from the line.
Voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and was named to the conference's All-Freshman team.

Slava Kravtsov – Ukraine
8/25/87 – 7’0” – 260 lbs
Averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 23 games for BC Kyiv in the Ukraine Superleague during 2008-09.
Shot 74.1% from the field and 60.0% from the line.
Also played for Ukraine's national team and averaged 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 10 FIBA EuroChallenge contests.

Weyinmi Efejuku – Providence – Senior
9/15/86 – 6’5” – 215 lbs
Averaged 15.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33 games in 2008-09.
Shot 46.7% from the field, 38.8% from three and 79.0% the line.
Named to the Big East Honorable Mention Team
Finished his career ranked 12th in scoring (1,500 points), sixth in free throws made (404), seventh in three-point field goals made (140), ninth in free-throws attempted (540) and 12th in minutes played (3,265) all-time at Providence.

Mike Rose – Eastern Kentucky – Senior
6’3” – 195 lbs
Averaged 20.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 31 games in 2008-09.
Shot 47.2% from the field, 48.1% from three and 75.9% from the line.
Held the second highest 3-point field goal percentage in the nation last season.
Finished his career ranked second in scoring (1,763 points) and 3-point field goals made (271).

Levance Fields – Pittsburgh – Senior
6/14/87 – 5’10” – 190 lbs
Averaged 10.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 36 games in 2008-09.
Shot 39.8% from the field, 34.1% from three and 71.2% from the line.
Finished his career at Pittsburgh with 1,247 points and 645 assists, which is third all-time behind Brandin Knight (785) and Sean Miller (744).
Dished out 270 assists during 2008-09, which is a single season school record.

Booker Woodfox – Creighton – Senior
9/6/86 – 6’1” – 185 lbs
Averaged 15.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 34 games in 2008-09.
Shot 47.7% from the field, 47.6% from three, and 86.8% from the line.
Came off the bench in every game his junior season after spending his first two years at San Jacinto College.
Named the 2009 Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year.

Jordan Hill – Arizona – Junior
7/27/87 – 6’10” – 235 lbs
Averaged 18.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 34 games in 2008-09.
Shot 53.7% from the field and 65.4% from the line.
Earned First-Team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Defensive team honors.
First UA player since Larry Demic (19.3, 10.3) in 1979 to average a double-double for the season.
Named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.

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BJ Mullens

On today’s workout…
“I felt it went really good. I shot the ball pretty well. It wasn’t too different than the other drills except the losers had to run in a lot of the shooting drills.”

On leaving school after his freshman year…
“I feel really good about my decision. Coming out, people didn’t expect me to probably get drafted as high as I think I’m going to go. I like to listen to people who think I’ve made a bad decision. It keeps me going. It keeps me motivated and determined.”

On his strengths…
“I can post up with my back to the basket or face up. I can pop out and shoot the ball. There are not a lot of big men in this draft or in the league that can do that.”

On future workouts…
“This is my eleventh workout, and third one in a row. I got Philadelphia tomorrow. It’s a lot of traveling, but I’m getting a lot of sleep.”

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Slava Kravtsov

On today’s workout…
“It was not a long workout, but it was very intense. It was good. I showed my best.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“I can play good defense, block shots and rebound. Also, I’m good at playing the low-post with my back to the basket.”

On future workouts…
“I have three more workouts to go.”

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Weyinmi Efejuku

On today’s workout…
“Today was a good workout. I didn’t shoot the ball well in some of the drills as I had hoped, but it was competitive and everybody went hard.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“I’m a passionate player, somebody that’s going to keep improving. I will listen to what Coach Skiles and the coaching staff has to say, and I’m somebody that’s going to try and get better everyday.”

On what he needs to work on…
“Just every part of the game. I think you can never stop getting better. Just continue to work on everything defensively and offensively to make me a better player.”

On future workouts…
“I’ve had three so far. I’m going to Portland on Sunday and I might be going somewhere else between then and the draft.”

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Mike Rose

On today’s workout…
 “It was a good experience. The coaching staff is lovely, and I just tried to work hard and do what I can do.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“My strength is shooting. I can shoot well, and at times I can attack the rim. I can pass and defense is something I’m getting better at. I think I can help out in all of those aspects.”

On future workouts…
“This is my second. I have Golden State next week.”

On what he needs to work on…
“Defense and ballhandling are the main things I feel that I need to work on.”

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Levance Fields

On today’s workout…
“It went good. The more workouts you have, you kind of get used to it even though teams have a different format. But it all comes down to the same thing. I thought I had another good workout. I thought I was very vocal. I lead my team during the three-on-three games, and I did a good job shooting the ball.”

On former Pittsburgh teammate DaJuan Blair, who also worked out for the Bucks…
“From what I’m hearing, he might make the lottery. Definitely, first round. It’s a great chance for him, and I’m very excited for him. I got to play two years with him. He’s a great guy. We all know how he can play and what his skills are about. He’s gifted, and I felt we had a great success at Pitt.”

On getting in shape before NBA workouts…
“I got a little quicker and I lost a lot of weight. When I was in college I was way heavier, but I’m still physical. I lost about 17 or 18 pounds, which makes me quicker and even tougher to guard.”

On the number of workouts he’s had so far…
“This is my sixth workout.”

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Booker Woodfox

On today’s workout…
“I played alright. I did pretty well in the shooting games, but my shot wasn’t really falling in the full-court games and the half-court games. I played hard and gave it my all.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“Just energy. Get everybody going, and just try to help out as much as I can, whatever position I’m in.”

On future workouts…
“I’ve had three so far. I got a few more workouts coming up. My agent is supposed to let me know about those tomorrow.”

On the Bucks workout compared to other workouts…
“It was the best one. It was short and sweet. Everybody went hard and that’s what I like. Everybody played together and we all did well.”

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Jordan Hill

On today’s workout…
“It went good. It was real hard just like most practices, (the only difference) just going by yourself. I managed to stay in it, kept going and kept working hard. It went real good.”

On having back-to-back workouts (Washington to Milwaukee)…
“Been working out. That’s why I just been trying to stay in shape and keep my body healthy, because I know have a lot of workouts back-to-back. That’s basically what I’ve been doing. Just going to hotels and working out in the gym, running on the treadmill, and trying to stay in shape as best as possible.”

If the coaching changes at Arizona has helped prepare him for the NBA…
“Definitely. I went through three different coaches at Arizona. You can go through the same thing in the NBA. I’m glad I did it at Arizona so I can witness it and know what I’m up against. I managed to do good at Arizona so I know I can do the same for the NBA.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“I can help in scoring and definitely rebounding and blocking shots defensively. I run the floor like a cheetah. Every year my stat sheet went up in college. I know I can definitely do the same thing in the NBA, I just have to stay on the court and keep working. I want to win. I want to be one of the greatest if I can. I want to help my team win a championship, if possible. I love the game of basketball, and when I step on the court, I just think that I’m one of the best players out there. I just have that mentality of staying focus and working hard.”

On giving up baseball for basketball…
“I’m definitely an energetic guy, very active. I was playing baseball before I started playing basketball. But I gave it up because it wasn’t too active for me. You know, standing in the outfield with a glove on my hand waiting for a fly ball was nothing to me. I wanted to be active and play something aggressive, so I decided to stick with basketball. Just getting taller, I’m real athletic and I can show that on the court.”

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Bucks hold two separate workouts

By Cherome Owens

The Milwaukee Bucks held back-to-back workouts at the Cousins Center on Friday.

The first workout featured four collegiate seniors, a foreign player and a freshman who grew up in the same neighborhood as Michael Redd.

BJ Mullens, a 7-footer who declared for the NBA Draft after one season at Ohio State, grew up in Columbus, Ohio, just like the Bucks star. The former Buckeye center was joined by Slava Kravstov (Ukraine, 7-0, 260), Weyinmi Efejuku (Providence, 6-5, 215, senior), Mike Rose (Eastern Kentucky, 6-3, 195, senior), Levance Fields (Pittsburgh, 5-10, 190, senior) and Booker Woodfox (Creighton, 6-1, 185, senior).

During the hour and a half workout, each prospect went through a variety of shooting drills and competitions. Rose and Woodfox were the victors in most of the shooting exercises, so it comes as no surprise why the two prospects were tops in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage last season. But Fields, who led Pittsburgh to the Elite 8, outshined both players in the half-court games, showcasing a couple of good drives to the basket, as well as some leadership with his team of Mullens and Efejuki.

“I thought I had another good workout,” said Fields, who was in his sixth workout. “I thought I was very vocal. I lead my team during the three-on-three games, and I did a good job shooting the ball.”

The highlight of the day was Kravstov’s slam over Mullens, as well as his nice block on Efejuki’s lay-up attempt. But Mullens had a couple of moves of his own when the two were matched up in the 3-on-3 games.

After the prospects finished post-workout interviews with the media, the Bucks immediately began the second workout, an individual one with projected lottery selection Jordan Hill.

Many basketball analysts consider Hill, a 6-10, 235-pounder from Arizona, as the best power forward in the draft after Blake Griffin.

Hill’s one-man session included lay-ups and close shots in the paint from both sides of the basket, low-post moves, rebounding skills tests and a barrage of 15 to 18 feet jump shots off screens. Afterward going through the drills, he said the individual workout isn’t any harder than playing with other prospects.

“Going out there is real tough, but if I can show the team I’m a tough guy who keeps focus, keep working hard just like I showed today, teams love that,” Hill said. “It doesn’t matter if you go out there by yourself or with people, it’s hard both ways. You just have to go out there and stay focused and stay ready.”

Although Hill had a solid workout at the Cousins Center today, he might not even be around for consideration when the Bucks have five minutes to announce the 10th overall selection at Thursday’s NBA Draft. Bucks Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock said Hill can fall anywhere in the lottery after the first pick is chosen.

“Everybody knows Blake Griffin is going number one,” Babcock said. “But after that, you have a group of players that are all pretty good. Depending on team needs and trades, it’s really hard to figure. There are over 13 guys after Griffin who are all pretty much on the same level. You just never know, and as talented as Hill is, some teams may not take him because they don’t know where he’ll fit on their team. You just don’t know.”

“The chances of him slipping to tenth are not great. We’re happy to have him in today, and he showed in the workout why he’s probably not going to fall to 10.”

If Hill’s name is still around when the Bucks are set to make a pick, he wouldn’t mind putting on a cap with the team’s logo on it.

“Milwaukee is definitely a good fit for me,” Hill said. “I think I can come in and make a huge impact, but we just have to see how the draft turns out. It’s definitely a weird draft this year, so we just have to see how it goes and see where I end up. (Picks) two through ten, I don’t even know. Everything is up in the air, so I try to work out with the highest pick and the lowest pick because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Following both workouts, Babcock gave his perspective on each prospect:

Weyinmi Efejuku – “Very athletic, like he’s a world class athlete. A sprinter, a jumper. He’s probably not going to get drafted but he’s a guy down the road that can play in Europe for a year or two and develop his skills. Then who knows. He can be an NBA guy.”

Levance Fields – “Fields is a tough guy. He’s probably not a guy who has a lot of talent, but as a team integral, he does all the intangible things. Some team might take him in the second round.”

Slava Kravstov – “A 6-11 guy who’s interesting. He had a nice workout, and he could end up being a second round pick. ”

BJ Mullens – “He did well. There’s not many big guys in this draft. We wanted to get a good look at him. I don’t think he’s a strong consideration for us at 10, but he has a nice stroke at 7-feet and somebody is going to take him.”

Mike Rose – “Big time shooter. Probably a borderline draftable guy. He did a good job in the workout.”

Booker Woodfox – “Just like Rose, he’s a shooter. I don’t think he’s a draftable guy, per se, but he did a nice job today.”

Jordan Hill – “He’s a very talented guy. I think he’s a very smooth athlete. He does things for a 6-9, 6-10 guy, very skilled-wise, that you’re not going to find very often. He’s not your typical big guy. He just glides through and he even shot the three well today. This guy has a load of talent. Pairing him with Andrew Bogut gives you another big that’s athletic and can pass. He can play high-post and low-post.”

The Bucks have worked out 49 prospects so far, and with the NBA Draft just days away, there are still a few more players the Bucks will take a closer look at on Monday and Tuesday at the Cousins Center. Stay tuned!


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