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Williams, O'Bryant and Sene Stop in at Waltham

By Peter F. Stringer
June 3, 2006

Big man workouts continued in Waltham on Saturday, as Shelden Williams, Patrick O'Bryant and Mouhamed Saer Sene worked out along with Torin Francis, the Boston native who stuck around for a second day to round out the foursome at The Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint.

Shelden Williams

Williams, who graduated from Duke this spring, is the most well known of the four prospects, but in this workout he was certainly the shortest. Williams is listed at 6'9", while the other three come in at seven feet. And he's already worked out against O'Bryant and Sene in several of his previous workouts to this point, and generally played against the tallest opposing player at Duke, so he's used to the challenge.

"A lot of my workouts have been against centers. That's something I'll have to get used to on the next level, switches and match-ups like that," said Williams, who said he considers himself a power forward.

Williams said he isn't worried about trying to show any specific skills in his workouts, and thinks he'll go somewhere between four and 14 in the draft.

"People have seen me play all four years so I'm just trying to go out there and do what I'm capable of doing," Williams said.

Meanwhile, O'Bryant said that he's hoping to demonstrate his "length" to teams in his workouts. He also said that while he doesn't pay attention to the various mock drafts that float around the Internet, it's impossible to ignore it completely.

Sene only began playing basketball three years ago, and his English is still in the development stages as well. But he was able to confirm that his wingspan is 7'8". With very few legit seven footers in the draft, Sene could end up in as high as the middle of the first round.

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