Nets General Manager Kiki Vandewegh

On what impressed him at today’s workout:
“I was impressed with the effort today. I think our coaches did a tremendous job getting the guys to work putting them in really good situations which is always hard when you’ve got guys who don’t know each other and come from different schools and backgrounds. And then you have different talent levels too, so I thought our coaches did an excellent job putting this thing together. But it was really more the effort and competitiveness that was really good.”

On whether or not the effort today was better than yesterday:
“I don’t know if it was better than yesterday, but I think it was really good today that’s what really stood out. Some of the players were a little better than others but that’s what this is all about.”

On his thoughts of how valuable these workouts are in assessing talent:
“There’s no question. What you want to see is the players competing against each other. That is really the main thing. Drills are one thing, but when you see them compete and play against each other you get a really good idea of what they might do against tougher competition which is what the NBA is all about.”


Taj Gibson
College: USC Height: 6-9 Weight: 225 Position: F

On his expectations coming into the workout:
“I knew it was going to be a hard battle between all the guys coming in. I knew it was going to be real competitive. So I just had my mind set to go out there and compete.”

On his thoughts on how he competed today:
“I felt I put out my full effort. I had fun and just left it all on the floor.”

On if the workout process is more draining physically or mentally:
“It’s both because your thinking about who your going to go against, what kind of defensive schemes teams want you to learn and just going out there and playing. Also you’re thinking about how bad you’re going to play, how hard you’re going to play or if you’re going to get hurt. It’s mental but really physical as well. Lots of big guys, lots of point guards who are real strong as well. So you just have to go in there with high expectations.”

On whether or not things were surprising during the workouts in which he participated:
“The way they have us guarding point guards a lot now. The way that coaches really want you to respond to their coaching. And while I was in college I thought that guys were just going out there and fighting for positions and fighting to earn a spot on the team, but it’s really more than that.”

On which NBA skills he already has to offer:
“Rebounding, blocking shots and finishing.”

On what he will be doing on June 26th:
“I really don’t know. In the month of June in New York it’s really hot and it’s the best time of the year so I don’t know, hopefully be around my family and friends.”




Jeff Teague
College: Wake Forest Height: 6-2 Weight: 180 Position: G

On his expectations coming into the workout:
“Well, coming off an injury it was just to get up and down. I wanted to have a pretty good workout. Just go hard, as hard as I can. I know I’m not as explosive as I usually am when I’m 100%, but I’m getting there so just going out here and play hard and just compete.”

On how he competed today:
“I think I played hard. I mean, I didn’t show my offensive abilities like I can, things like that but I just played hard and went out and had fun.”

On if the workout process is more draining physically or mentally:
“Mentally because you’re trying so hard to impress everybody so you try to come out here and play your hardest and do your best. It kind of messes with your head sometimes, but if your any kind of competitor and if you’re ready for this league, you have to be strong enough to get through that stuff.”

On any surprises during the workouts in which he participated:
“Not really. Everybody’s going to go hard and you have to come here and be ready. You have to be in top shape. Guys are getting tired. I had to be running on the treadmill all day and things like that just to get ready for this.”

On his thoughts of which NBA skill he already has to offer:
“I’d probably say my ability to break people down and get in the lane. Using my speed is probably my biggest thing that’s helping me right now”

On his thoughts of what he will be doing on June 26th:
“Hopefully flying to some team doing interviews. That would be the best thing for me.”




Wayne Ellington
College: UNC Height: 6-5 Weight: 190 Position: SG

On his expectations coming into the workout:
“Compete hard and play together. Other than that, just have a good performance.”

On how he competed today:
“I competed pretty hard, competed well. I didn’t make as many shots as I’m used to but at the same time I think I did well defensively and competed hard.”

On if the workout process is more draining physically or mentally:
“Little bit of both man (laughs), honestly. I think it’s a little more difficult physically. Going through the process you’ve got to keep a tough mind and stay tough mentally, but going from city to city to city, back to back to back doing workouts, it gets a little tough.”

On his thoughts of whether or not things were surprising during the workouts in which he participated:
“Not really. I think it’s a lot of things that I’ve done in the past in training in different areas so there’s nothing that is fairly new.”

On his thoughts of which NBA skills he already has to offer:
“I think I shoot the ball really well and I think that’s the best asset to my game.”

On his thoughts of what he will be doing on June 26th:
“(Laughs) I hope I’ll be in the city that drafts me. I mean meeting all the people in the front office and the coaches and hopefully some of the players.”




Danny Green
College: UNC Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 Position: G/F

On his expectations coming into the workout:
“A lot of competition of course, teams want to see if you can compete. They pretty much know what you can do so they want to see things outside of your system that you can do and how well you can compete. I wasn’t expecting as much running today but more competition and more ball screen stuff. We didn’t do any ball screen stuff today so it was different.”

On how he competed today:
“I felt like I competed. Like I said, more running than I had expected so I feel like I wasn’t as conditioned as I should have been with a couple of days off here and there. But, no ball screens and my body is tired since this has been my 10th workout. I’m not going to be able to get the explosiveness that I want to but other than that I thought I did okay and felt like I competed pretty well.”

On his thoughts of if the workout process is more draining physically or mentally:
“Probably a little bit of both. But it’s pretty much a preview of what a season is going to be like if and when you make it. Hopefully if I make it, I’ll be used to it.”

On his thoughts of whether or not things were surprising during the workouts in which he participated:
“Yes, no ball screens, 3 on 2, 2 on 1’s, more running. We did a lot of different stuff, mixtures of 1 on 1’s in the post and guards guarding big guys and vice versa. It was just a lot of different situations without ball screens.”

On his thoughts of which NBA skills he already has to offer:
“Hopefully people think that I bring something different, but unfortunately it’s not what I think, it’s what the GM’s think but hopefully I can show them that I bring more than just one aspect of the game other than just shooting or defending. I like to think that I do a little bit of everything. Making plays, making passes, setting screens, knocking down shots or blocking somebody out and playing defense.”

On what he will be doing on June 26th:
“I don’t know yet. I’ll be figuring it all out. I’ll probably still be on cloud nine and as happy as ever if I get drafted. Still celebrating and figuring out what I am doing and where I am going and what the situation is. But on the 26th, I’ll probably be sleeping in a little bit and enjoying myself.”




DaJuan Summers
College: Georgetown Height: 6-8 Weight: 241 Position: F

On his expectations coming into the workout:
“I didn’t really have any expectations. I’ve been to a couple of workouts already so I knew it’d be a lot of competitiveness, little bit of ball handling, little on the court stuff so I was ready to go.”

On his thoughts of how he competed today:
“I feel like I competed well. I made shots but I don’t really think you can judge workouts off of that because sometimes the ball goes in and sometimes it doesn’t. From a competitive standpoint I feel like I competed well.”

On if the workout process is more draining physically or mentally:
“Both. I don’t think a lot of people really know how mentally draining it is. When you talk to your friends and they’re like ‘you’re traveling to all of these places and you get to do all of these workouts and you’re living the dream!’ but at the same time you’re always underneath that microscope so everybody wants you to perform and some days you do and some days you don’t. So it’s definitely mentally stressful.”

On whether or not he can be successful not just as a system player:
“Well, I think I’ll do fine. Georgetown’s system is different than any system that I’ve ever seen and different than other guys are used to playing in. I faired well in that system and was 30-something on the scoring list there which is a great accomplishment, especially as a junior. So I feel like in any system that I am in I’ll do well because I feel like I am a basketball player.”

On his thoughts of whether or not things were surprising during the workouts in which he participated:
“It was definitely different, more transition stuff and I like that. In fact, I like showing people that I can get up and down the floor and show people that I can handle by attacking the rim in a fast break set so that was different. Also the 3-on-3 was different, but other than that all of it was the same.”

On which NBA skills he already has to offer:
“I feel like I bring so many things I can’t just pick one. But when people ask me that question, I always tell them that my versatility is the biggest thing, my size and being able to defend my position, shoot my shot, get to the lane, I feel like I bring that whole package to the team.”

On his thoughts of what he will be doing on June 26th:
“What is it 12 days?! I think that we go to the city that we get picked by to do the interviews, right? I don’t know man. It’s all so surreal to be here, I just can’t wait.”


Nick Calathes
College: Florida Height: 6-5 Weight: 195 Position: G

On his expectations coming into the workout:
“Going hard, competing, and playing well.”

On his thoughts of how he competed today:
“I thought I competed hard, I thought it was a good workout and we’ll go from here.”

On if the workout process is more draining physically or mentally:
“I think physically. You know, traveling everywhere on a plane is tough. Coming right into a workout off of the plane ride so I think it’s more draining physically but this is a dream and this is what you work for.”

On whether or not things were surprising during the workouts in which he participated:
“No.”

On which NBA skills he already has to offer:
“Mainly my passing ability.”

On what he will be doing on June 26th:
“I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see, I don’t know yet.”

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