caught up with Newfoundland native and NBA Draft prospect Carl English at the 2003 NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago. English, a 22-year-old guard who played college basketball at the University of Hawaii, is an early entry candidate for the NBA Draft 2003. English ranks seventh on Hawaii's all-time scoring list with 1,259 points and holds the school's single-season record for most three-point field goals, hitting 89 this past season.

At the NBA Pre-Draft Camp, which was held June 3-6, English was placed on a team with Kyle Korver of Creighton, Jeff Newton of Indiana and Marcus Hatten of St. John's. Each day at camp, the team played in front of more than 200 NBA personnel.

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Canadian NBA Draft Prospect Carl English Tell us about your experience so far at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp.

English: I guess they invited me because I declared early for NBA entry. After my season was done at the University of Hawaii I put up some good numbers. You just do what you have been doing all your life and it should work out fine . . . the main focus is to go out there and show your talent and your skills. It's very physical and competitive here.

English: Everyone's fighting for a job, so nobody is out there playing soft. It's life or death right now for a lot of these guys, so when you come to the court you've got to be focused and ready to play. How do you feel you can help an NBA team?

English: I'm one of these guys that can bring a lot. My footwork is probably the best part of my game, and where I can shoot from, I've got pretty much unlimited range.

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Play at the 2003 NBA Pre-Draft Camp Do you think, at the next level, you'll be a shooting guard?

English: I'll be a combo. I'm figuring I'll be a two guard [shooting guard] and I'll slide to the one [point guard position] if they need it or vice versa . . . either way, as long as I play, I'll be okay. Did you have a favourite player growing up?

English: When you look at Michael Jordan, the things the guy did for basketball are amazing, and just the type of player he is, he's great. Would you compare yourself to Jordan?

English: Nobody can compare himself to Michael Jordan. You watch different players play, and you take pieces of their game and you try to be like them.

The NBA Draft 2003 will be held in New York City on Thursday, June 26.