2011 Bobcats Draft Workouts - Day 6
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The Bobcats continued their 2011 NBA Draft preparation Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena® with guards Marcus Morris (Kansas), Thomas Coleman (North Carolina A&T), Cam Long (George Mason), Jerai Grant (Clemson), Carleton Scott (Notre Dame) and Donald Sims (Appalachian State) in for workouts in front of General Manager Rod Higgins, the coaching staff and team scouts.
Marcus Morris is the brother of Markieff Morris and played with him on the Kansas squad for three years as well. After averaging 17.2 ppg, which led the team in scoring, and pulling down 7.6 rpg, Marcus stocked up on awards, including second-team All-America, first-team All-Big 12, Big 12 Player of the year and Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament.
Thomas Coleman played at nearby university, North Carolina A&T for four seasons, averaging above 20 minutes per game every year. In his senior year, he averaged 17 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg and 1.2 spg, leading the Aggies in points, rebounds, blocks, steals, field goals made & attempted, free throws made & attempted, and minutes played. For his work, he was rewarded with a selection to the All-MEAC First Team.
Cam Long led the George Mason Patriots in a variety of statistical categories including points, minutes played, field goals made & attempted, three-pointers made & attempted, and steals. Long recorded 15.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.4 spg on 43.2% shooting from behind the three-point line. After his senior season, he gather selections to the All-CAA First Team and the CAA All-Tournament Team.
Jerai Grant helped take his Clemson Tigers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and garnered a selection to the ACC All-Defensive Team from the media and an honorable mention for an All-ACC pick. Grant led the Tigers in rebounding and blocks, and was second on the team in scoring, with 12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 2.3 blocks per game.
Carleton Scott spent four years at Notre Dame, playing basketball for three of those years. After breaking his foot in March of his freshman season, he worked his way up in the rotation to play 31.2 minutes per game his senior year. He averaged 11.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.9 bpg for the Fighting Irish, helping the team achieve a 27-7 record. He was named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team, and led Notre Dame in rebounding and blocked shots for the season.
Donald Sims set multiple records at Appalachian State University during his basketball career. After his senior season, he finished with the career record in points, three-pointers, free throw percentage, free throws, three-point attempts and field goal attempts. In his final year with the Mountaineers, he recorded 21 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.6 apg and 1.7 spg. He was also selected to the All-SoCon Team (coaches’ selection) and All-SoCon First Team (media selection) for the second consecutive year.
(On the workout)
It went very well. Some of the guys surprised me with how good they played. I think it’s going to be good for them. I had a nice long talk with them and they really worked hard.
(On the biggest surprises)
The kid from Notre Dame [Carleton Scott] really, really shot well. I hadn’t seen him before. And Morris, of course – he played good. Those two really stood out more than the rest of them.
(On Marcus Morris)
He really understands how to play, tough and shoots very well. Doesn’t post up a lot, but that jump shot goes in and that’s what’s most important.
(On Morris’ physical disadvantages)
Well, I don’t think you have to be a real good athlete to be good in this league, if you understand how to play. You can box out, you can do different things and use your body very well. And he does that. You don’t have to be as athletic as a lot of the guys to be good. He’s old school, and that’s what I’m talking about. He knows angles, he knows the boxing out. He’s got good timing on his jumpers. So, all that’s important. A lot of players don’t realize any of that.
(On Morris as a SF)
That’s going to be hard, I think, for him to be a three. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. I see him more as a four, to tell you the truth. But you never know. A lot of people saw Dante Cunningham as a four and he played the three for me.
(On differences between Marcus and Markieff)
Very similar games, really. Both of them shoot well from outside. Markieff is a little more agile. Basically, almost the same.
(On Donald Sims)
He shot very well. I was surprised that he did as well as he did out here, he actually won one game for these guys – the team that I was coaching. He won the game, so I liked that.
(On three-point shooting)
Well, it opens up the game for you more. With penetration, when they help and you pass it out, you have a lot of confidence that that shot is going to go in. If they don’t help on the penetration, you’re going to make the layup. So you put those teams really in a bind. If you don’t have really good three-point shooters, they penetrate to the hoop, you stop penetration, they kick it and you don’t worry about the three-point shot that much. So, teams that do have great three-point shooters normally do. Look at San Antonio. They didn’t do well in the playoffs, but they won 62 ball games during the regular year. When we played them, it was just, “what are you going to do?” They post up or they penetrate and those guys were just knocking down threes. It’s very important, I think, to have guys that can knock three-point shots down.
(On whether opponents didn’t have to close out because of the team’s lack of three-point shooters)
That’s for sure. I think we were next to last in three-point shooting percentage. Naturally, it hurts your post play and that kind of thing because they know they’re going to sag back in, you kick it out and they don’t have to worry that much. They’ll close out, but they don’t have to worry that you’re going to kill them from outside. So, it’s very important.
(On how Marcus’ skills could fit on the Bobcats)
He’s a really good perimeter shooter, he rebounds very well, and he understands how to play. And I think that’s most important. When you get kids that really understand the game, especially with today’s athletes. They come in this league and most of them don’t play that well because they have to play two or three years before they understand what’s going on. This kid knows already. It’s beneficial.
(On Marcus’ skills despite not having amazing athletic ability)
I don’t think he would be looked upon as well as he is if he did not know how to play. He’s not a great athlete, but how many really great athletes do you have in this league? You have guys who are athletic but don’t know how to play. You have guys that know how to play but aren’t very athletic. You have to have one of the two […]. If you got both, then you’re going to be outstanding.
(On how Marcus Morris showed his knowledge of the game)
Well, it’s like help side defense, blocking out. They don’t really do a whole lot of that in college. Posting up, fading back on the jumper because he knows if he goes inside, there’s a chance it’s going to get blocked. He knows how to position himself to be successful as a basketball [player]. To me, that’s what’s most important in this league – knowing who you are and what you have to do. And he most certainly does.
(On players that understand the game)
You see older players that when they get older and they lose a step, but they still can play. Why? Because they understand how to play the game. They take shortcuts; they know what to do. And this kid has that already.
(On the workout)
It was good. I got after it; a lot of competing with one-on-ones, three-on-threes.
(On if he got any tips from his brother)
Kind of. He told me it wasn’t really that hard. It was just competitive. And that’s what my game is – I like to compete. I like to play one-on-one and I’m a scorer.
(On if he’s focusing on playing the 3)
Just basically trying to show my versatility. I wouldn’t just label myself as a three, because I can play either. I’m a combo forward. I can guard the three, play the three, guard the four, play the four. My entire college career, I played the four. It’s not really a big adjustment.
(On how he could fit the Bobcats)
I think I’d fit in real well. I like the players on the team. I know Gerald – Philly native. So, I feel like I’d really fit well with them and I’d just work hard to be my best and try to be a good player.
(On what he does more than the average college player)
It starts by having great coaches. Great coaches at Kansas – they really teach you the game. I was kind of one of those ‘system’ type of kids – just stand there and really getting to know the game, asking a lot of questions because I want to be a great player […]. I mean, just having guys like Danny Manning there and Coach Self, they really teach you the game. Being there for three years, I learned a lot and learned a lot from players before me and just got a great understanding of how to play.
(On his small injury during the workout)
Ankle, a little bit. But I continued to play, so I’m fine. Just a little ice and I’ll be good.
(On how strict his mom is)
She’s very strict. She’s a single parent with three boys. I feel like she had to be strict on us because growing up in the type of environment we grew up in, if you didn’t have a stable home and a mom like my mom, it’s kind of hard to stay off the streets and not be one of those guys who’s just a statistic – drug dealing and things like that. I give my mom a lot of credit for keeping us in and I make sure that we stay tight with me and my brother. That’s why I think we’re the way we are now.
(On saying there’s no way he wouldn’t get his degree if his mother wouldn’t stand for it)
Yeah. It’s the truth.
(On possibly playing together on one team with his brother, as an ESPN mock draft suggests)
I smiled when I saw that. I was like, “Man, that’d be crazy if we did.” I think we’d be a great fit for any city. I think that we’re two guys that are going to work hard. We just bring a lot of energy and a lot of toughness to a team, so just having us both, I think would be the best. I think, honestly, that we’d be the best two players in this draft on the same team.
(On the peculiarity of playing on a different team from his brother for the first time)
It’s definitely going to be odd. I mean, I’ve never played without him, ever. This is the longest I’ve actually gone without even seeing him. I get to see him tomorrow before we change. It’s good. I know he’s doing his workout. I’m not really bothering him that much, but I get a text from him just saying, “Go hard,” or “Fourteen days,” or whatever it is. We’re trying to kind of get used to it, but it’s definitely going to take some time.
(How long it’s been since he’s seen Markieff)
I think about two weeks.
(On defensive adjustments he’d have to make to play the 3)
Basically just getting quicker and get my conditioning up. I think that’s definitely the main thing. I’m a guy that likes to work and get better. If I feel like if a lot of people say I can’t do something, I’m going to prove them wrong. I feel like I’m just that type of guy that just likes to compete and just likes to get better. If I do come here and I do have to play the three, I’m going to be in the gym every day, just making sure of that I get quicker and build my conditioning.
(On showing his ability to be a 3 at workouts)
It’s natural. Honestly, I’m the type of player that doesn’t do anything outside of my game. Like if I feel like I’m not good at something, I won’t do it. I feel like it just comes naturally. I’m naturally a guy that gifted that can play either position. And that’s what I tell everybody – it just comes naturally to me.
(On the workout)
It was good. It’s my second one; I worked out with the Thunder about two weeks ago. It was fun. We competed, got better. It was good.
(On working out for the hometown team)
Yeah, I don’t think that matters. I just wanted to come in and compete, show that I can play with these guys. There’s some great players out there. I feel liked I’ve got a pretty good résumé to come in and at least get a tryout. I felt like I played did good and played with those guys.
(On how this workout compared to his previous one with Oklahoma City)
Actually, about the same; quite equal. Shot a lot of shots and competed. You know, these guys want to see us compete – and that’s what we did. It was two good workouts. I’m looking forward to the next one.
(On what he’s trying to showcase at these workouts)
Just shooting. I feel like that’s what I’ve done my whole life and my whole career. I think I put that on display a little bit today. I feel good about it. My specialty is shooting. The league needs that.
(On receiving interest from overseas)
Well, I just want to play. II want to play as long as I can. If it’s Europe, NBA, NBDL, wherever; I just want to play and have a long career, playing as long as I can and stay around the game.
(On feedback from NBA teams)
I haven’t. Me and my agent keep in contact. I always hear I need to put on some pounds, but they like my quickness, they like my shooting ability. I just try to display that as best as I can.
(On possible upcoming workouts)
Not right off, but a few more teams are interested, so I’m sure I’ll get a few more.