Draft workout #3: Q & A’s

Draft workout #3: Q & A’s

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June 23, 2008

MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks held their third draft workout this morning at the team's Training Center. This time, the session featured five athletes and lasted for about 90 minutes. After the workouts concluded, Bucks.com caught up the guys for some quick interviews.

Gary Forbes - Massachusetts
Guard/Forward | 6-7, 220 lbs

Q: What did you think of today’s workout?

A: I thought it was pretty good. It was competitive and they did a lot of things to basically see how we can fit the pro grame.

Q: What style of basketball do you like to play?

A: I’m used to playing quick, run and gun basketball. That’s what we did in college. That’s what I’m used to from both schools I went to.

Q: As someone who has worked in broadcasting, what scouting report would you give on yourself?

A: You can’t stop him, you have to try to contain him (laughing).

Q: Could you see yourself working as a broadcaster down the road?

A: Definitely. Either that or some type of coaching. I love the game, so I want to be around it in some way.

Q: Do you have any other workouts scheduled?

A: I have one more workout left tomorrow. It’s been a tough schedule, I’m running on fumes.


James Gist - Maryland
Guard | 6-9, 235 lbs

Q: What did you think of today’s workout?

A: Today’s workout was real good. It was pretty similar to other ones. You get up and down the floor a little bit, you play one-on-one and get some shots in.

Q: What’s the strength of your game?

A: My shot is getting better to make me more of a threat on the outside. But my two biggest strengths are getting to the basket and playing defense.

Q: Does being an upper classmen give you an advantage over one or two year college players?

A: You’re more refined than the other players coming in, for the most part, you can’t say that’s always the case. But I think getting a little more under you, you can read things a little more – when to score and other situations. You’re more mature on the court. That can give you the upper hand in some ways, but at the same time it’s still basketball and you have to compete.

Q: What was your experience in the Pan Am Games like?

A: It was great. Getting to play a different a style of basketball and go over there with young guys from college playing against pros who have been playing for years. That’s their job, that’s what they do to feed their families. It was a good experience, a different style of basketball and you learn a lot. It humbled us playing over there.

Q: How good are your piano skills and what do you like to play?

A: I think they’re (piano skills) pretty average. I don’t read music, but if I listen to a song, then I can play it. So maybe they’re above average since I can do that. No particular song though, I play anything I can hear.


Stephon Hannah - Missouri
Guard | 6-1, 183 lbs

Q: What did you think of today’s workout?

A: It was a pretty good workout. It was quick and intense and we went at it pretty hard.

Q: Do you have any other workouts scheduled before the draft?

A: This is the last one for me. I’m headed back to the crib.

Q: Did What style of basketball do you like to play?

A: I’ve been playing up and down, fast paced basketball for awhile. But I also like the pick and roll and trying to get into the nose of the defense to make a play.

Q: This group featured a lot of four year college players – does that experience give you an advantage?

A: I think so. A lot of people try to leave early and that’s a good thing if you’re ready, but the experience of playing in college with the same players and getting to know them and the coaches is a real benefit.

Q: What do you know about the Bucks and what do they need to do to improve?

A: They have a good young team. They’re athletic and can get up and down the floor. It seemed like this year with the injury to Mo Williams they might need another point guard. Some leadership that will take over once they get in.


Damjan Rudez - Croatia
Forward | 6-10, 200 lbs

Q: What did you think of today’s workout?

A: I’ve only had one other workout, but I’m satisfied with the way I played today. It was a good workout.

Q: Do you have any other workouts schedule?

A: Just one more workout before the draft. Tomorrow, in Dallas.

Q: What are the strengths of your game?

A: I think my strength is my shooting.

Q: How would you handle the transition from the style of basketball played in Europe to the NBA?

A: I think the game here is much more physical. The players here are much more athletic than they are in Europe. I think that’s going to be the biggest adjustment if I get drafted.

Q: What style of basketball do you like to play?

A: I like the style of basketball that’s played in America. It’s a faster pace than Europe.


Mark Tyndale - Temple
Guard | 6-5, 210 lbs

Q: What did you think of today’s workout?

A: It was pretty fun. It was a hard workout, but it was shorter. It was intense with a lot of great players so I was excited to be part of it.

Q: You received some praise for your play at the predraft camps - what was that experience like?

A: I just went out there and played as hard as I could. I played team ball and played the right way. I got rewarded for that so it was exciting.

Q: What is the strength of your game?

A: My ability to penetrate and kick to get my teammates involved. And my defense.

Q: What style of basketball do you like to play?

A: I’ve played in slow paces and quick pace. I can play whatever style that works for the team I’m drafted to. I don’t have a preference.

Q: What do you know about the Bucks and what do you think they need to do to improve?

A: They have a new coach who likes hard nosed basketball. I know they’re going to be playing defense. They’ve got a lot of young guys and maybe need a leader.

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