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Draft Central 2011 - June 2 Workout

June 16, 2011

NETS Close Out Week 3 with Local Talent

By Ben Couch

The last workout of Week Three featured UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt, a projected first-round pick, and a slew of area talent playing in front of NETS staff. New York-born Jeremy Hazell played his college ball at Seton Hall, while Jonathan Mitchell finished at Rutgers after transferring from Florida and Rashad Bishop left Paterson, N.J. to join those two in the Big East at Cincinnati. Carleton Scott (Notre Dame) and Chris Wright (Dayton) rounded out the group.

Though it came out that Honeycutt didn't shoot well overall – he described the workout as his worst yet – the short period open to the media was enough to reveal he clearly wielded more talent than the others. Honeycutt, long and lean at 6-foot-8 and 188 pounds, used his athleticism to blow by anyone attempting to defend, notably slicing through the lane for an impressive two-handed slam.

King, who noted another skinny kid from UCLA (Reggie Miller) turned out to be a pretty good player, said that he wouldn't weigh the off performance too heavily, because he'd caught wind of positive showings for other teams and that it's normal for players to become fatigued at this point in the draft process. If Honeycutt falls to No. 27, with the Nets' stated need for athleticism at the swing positions, he'd likely be hard to pass up.




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