More Prospects Workout for Magic

The Orlando Magic held its second round of individual workouts on Wednesday afternoon at the team practice facility at the RDV Sportsplex. Those present to workout in front of the Magic staff were Michigan State's Maurice Ager, UNLV's Louis Amundson, Connecticut's Rashad Anderson, Illinois' James Augustine, Brad Buckman of Texas and Thabo Sefolosha, who played for Angelico Biella in Italy.

The team will hold one more round of workouts at the RDV Sportsplex on Friday in preparation for the June 28th NBA Draft.

OrlandoMagic.com spoke to most of the prospects after Wednesday's workout, along with Magic General Manager Otis Smith. Here's what they had to say:

Louis Amundson

On how he thinks his workout went today: “It went well. I was a little rusty. This weekend we didn’t do anything because we were in the hospital for the pre-draft camp, doing all that stuff. So a little rusty, but it went well.”

On what he thinks of the Magic: “I like it. All the coaches have been real cool and the workout went well today. I’ve heard real good things about this organization.”

On how he thinks he would fit in on the team: “I don’t know. I’ll just do whatever they ask of me. I think I could bring a lot of energy and rebounding and defensive presence. But I’ll do whatever they want me to do.”

On how pre-draft camp went and his draft stock rising: “It was good, it went well. I played pretty well. And we had a good team. So it was good. The feedback was that I helped myself and my draft status in the camp. It was a good time and I’m happy it worked out like that. But I realize that I have more workouts to do and anything can happen between now and the draft. Draft day is so unpredictable that I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m trying to get my status as high as possible right before the draft. ”

On where he’s going from here: “I go back home for a few days, then I go to Detroit this weekend, then Milwaukee, Cleveland and Dallas.”


Rashad Anderson - Connecticut

On how his workout went today: “It was the usual, shooting drills, full-court one-on-one. It went great. Not too much scrimmaging. Pick and roll stuff, to see how you handle it. Just basic stuff.”

On what he thinks teams are looking for from him: “To spread the offense. Not change too much of what I do. Just continue to run off screens like Rip Hamilton type of guy, just keep running off screens and knocking down shots.”

On where he goes from here: “I just keep rolling. I don’t know how many (teams) it is, wherever my agent sends me, when they want to bring me in I’m there. I got the Wizards tomorrow.”

On what he thinks about private workouts: “Just show them what you got. Just come out, show them what you got, show them what you can do, show them what you’ve been working on.”

On if he can see a difference working out with professional coaches: “I played for a hall-of-fame coach, and he demanded excellence at all times. So it’s easy when I come to an organization like the Orlando Magic, and workout for them. They throw stuff at me and I just pick it up, it’s not that big of an adjustment.”


James Augustine - Illinois

On how his workout went: “I think everything went pretty well, it was a good workout. It was different from the Orlando camp, so it was good to get back in to the workouts again and do one-on-ones and that kind of stuff.”

On what he'd bring to the Magic: “I would bring a lot of energy. They have a lot of older guys and a lot of younger guys – they have a lot of athleticism. I would just try to bring energy and try to help out the team, get on the boards and try to help out the team.”

On how Pre-Draft Camp went: “It was alright. I don’t think I did as well as I wanted to. I think it went well though. I think I was able to show my athleticism and ability to rebound, but at times it prohibited me to show my other skills, so I think at times it was good and other times it was not as good as I wanted it to go.”

On the feedback he's receiving from teams: “I don’t know. You don’t really hear that much feedback. They pretty much just say thanks for coming and you just keep playing. I am still kind of in the dark about it, but I am going to keep doing workouts and try and do some other things.”

On the workouts he's completed: “This is my 11th one and I think I have about seven or eight more. So by the end of the workouts I will pretty much do every team almost.”


Brad Buckman - Texas

On how the workout went: "I thought it went well. I got hurt at the end, but for the most part I thought it went well and everyone played hard."

On turning his ankle: "It happens. I landed on someone's foot, just part of the game. It's feeling fine. They put it on ice, so it's feeling better."

On all the workouts: "They've gone well. You always expect the same from every team, but they're always different. They're enjoyable. However much they are willing to see us, that's what I'm willing to put in. It's good to be out in front of everyone that wants to watch us."

On Pre-Draft Camp: "I was long. We played three games and then had to go through all the physicals and stuff. I thought it went well for the most part. I enjoyed it and was fortunate to be invited to the camp, so I was very excited."

On where he'll land on Draft night: "I have no idea. There's a long time between now and June 28th. This is one of those drafts where anything can happen. So I'm just looking to hear my name be called hopefully on June 28th."

On going through the Draft process with Texas teammates LaMarcus Aldridge, P.J. Tucker and Daniel Gibson: "Those guys help you out as much as they can. You talk to them, they talk to you about different points of views and different outlooks on what they've been through. It's good to have them also going through it. We're a tight-knit group."

On what's next: "I go home for a couple days and then I'm out again. I've been gone for a week and a day, so I'll be glad to go home and see my family again."

His thoughts on the Magic: "I like them. It's a great place and a great organization. I would be great to play in Orlando for the Magic. I just talked to Bo Outlaw for a while and he's a good guy. He says the locker room is really nice like that too. So, it's great to have a team that's tight-knit like that and on the rise."


Thabo Sefolosha - Angelico Biella (Italy)

On his workout: "It was a good workout. Very physical, but it was good."

On what position he'll play in the NBA: "Probably the two. I can play a little of the one and three as well, but mostly the two."

On his workout schedule: "I've worked out for Golden State and Phoenix and I have like seven more coming up."

His thoughts on the Magic: "I like the team. They played better at the end of the season. They got a young team with a good future in front of them."







Magic General Manager Otis Smith

On whether there were any suprises from today's workouts: “Not really. Nobody was really a surprise, but there were some guys that were intriguing. Sefolosha, who we brought in, is an intriguing player. There are some guys in there that did exactly what you thought they would do. Nothing was really surprising from my standpoint.”

On whether he was disappointed by JJ Redick pulling out of the workout today: “No, not at all. This is that time of year where those things kind of things happen, where guys have been through a few workouts and the body starts to give a little bit since they have been traveling around the country. I don’t think we would have learned anything different from JJ about his game. JJ as a basketball player can shoot the ball and that is what he does well. He has an NBA skill.”

On preparing for the Draft: “It’s about detail, to make sure you get the right guy that fits your team. It’s a lot of background stuff, a lot of phone calls, a lot of talking to other teams trying to figure out what you want to do both with your current team and your team in the future.”

On whether you can tell more about big guys in workouts than guards: “We aren’t trying to put size on size together, so it’s not necessarily playing a big guy or small guy against each other. We do it some just to see if the wing guy can move his feet or can the big guy can move his feet against the wing player, but for the most part, you just want to reconfirm things you have already saw in these guys.”

On what type of player Rashad Anderson will be: “Shooter. Probably a little tougher kid than you give him credit for, but basically he is a good shooter. He is a good shooter coming off a down screen – he has an NBA transferable skill and that is shooting. I think he is going to be a pretty good kid.”

On what things he's looking for: “You want to see if he can put it on the floor or if he can defend a little bit. Fortunately I have been doing these things for years now and guys that are known as shooters don’t necessarily shoot the ball well in these things, it’s just the way it works. You just want to see can he put it on the floor, can he handle, can he go two dribbles, can he go more than two dribbles.”

On whether Anderson can translate his three-point shot from the college game to the pro game: “That’s comes later. They get to this league and guys get enamored with the line – we try to not get guys enamored with the line. They shoot it, we test them there, but it is just to see if they change their stroke at 23 feet as opposed to 19 feet.”

On whether the charges against JJ Redick will impact his draft status: “I am sure it will have some impact on it, but at the end of the day you are still going to take the best basketball player available. You will have some dialogue with people around him and see if this type of thing is the norm or if this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

On if he anticipates a lot of movement in the first round: “Actually to the contrary. I get the sense there won’t be a whole lot of movement. There are some teams that are talking about doing some deals, but I don’t know if they involve draft picks or not. It will be interesting.”