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Draft Central 2011 - June 2 Workout

June 8, 2011

Prospects Begin Bringing Heat to NETS

By Ben Couch

The Nets' third workout of the week, held Wednesday morning at the PNY Center, brought in a polished group of Draft prospects, ones projected to be available – and possibly drafted – around the Nets' range (No. 27-36 overall). The guards and swingmen were: Jimmy Bulter (Marquette), Norris Cole (Cleveland State, sporting a fresh flat-top), E'Twaun Moore (Purdue), Darius Morris (Michigan; a sophomore, the only underclassman), Chandler Parsons (Florida) and Kyle Singler (Duke).

With five seniors in the group, basketball IQ proved no differentiator on this day, though that perhaps benefit sophomore Morris, who played through a back injury to acquit himself solidly. The 6-foot-4 Morris, a potential first-round pick, made a huge statistical jump last season, averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 assists in 34.8 minutes after posting 4.4, 2.6 and 24.3 in his freshman year. But Cole showed why he has been creeping up draft boards, having improved his scoring and assist averages four straight seasons and cannily finding openings against the younger guard in 3-on-3 drills.

"The one thing (Nets coach Avery Johnson) and I were talking about is they really know how to play," said Nets general manager Billy King. "There are a lot of things, when they're doing the 3-on-3, where they just react and play basketball and made the right moves. But also, that's what you get with four-year players who understand the game."



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