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Nets Open 2010 Draft Workouts

By Ben Couch

June 4, 2010

Dominique Jones

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.Dominique Jones was tired. Having just completed the third of three consecutive workouts, the ninth of his nascent draft process, Jones sat in a padded chair at the PNY Center, sweating out the wait as a Nets staffer returned with an offered sports drink.

The combo guard out of South Florida performed well during Fridays morning workout, run by Nets assistant coach Tom Barrise. Jones, the Big Easts reigning scoring champ (21.4 PPG), attempted to showcase the point guard skills and defense hes hoping can build his draft stock.

Jones is a tough nut, Barrise said. Hes a competitive guy and hes got a scorers mentality. He had a very good year in South Florida, playing on a marginal team in a big-time league. But his feistiness and competitiveness (rank as) one of his NBA skills.

Barrise went on to say that while Jones could play some point, hes more of a scoring third guard as of now. Jones believes hes no liability at either spot, and part of his attractiveness on June 24 will be offering two positions for one pick. He did concede that he prefers playing the point due to the control he gains over the offense, though he knows hell have to adjust to becoming a role player for the fledgling stages of his NBA career.

I doubt a teams going to draft me and say, Heres the ball, heres the team now go! Jones said. Thats something I have to work my way up to, and it aint nothing because Ive been working my way up the whole time. Just getting put in the right situation is all Im looking for.

Jones explained he views getting drafted as a goal his dream is to be successful. After his likely first-round selection, Jones will push himself toward becoming an NBA All-Star and winning a championship. Lofty, perhaps, but the 6-foot-5, 216-pound Jones has a body ready to weather the physicality of slashing to the hoop, along with a 6-foot-9 wingspan that will help him harass opponents from his first moments on the court.

And then were back to the competitiveness youre going to hear about time and again as the draft process plays out.

On the court, I just come out here and go hard, Jones said. This is my job, my career, my life, my livelihood. I wake up in the morning just to do this. I got here last night at the hotel one oclock in the morning. I was hoping it was morning so I could come out here and play. Its just something I like to do. I just thank God and I thank the Nets for having me here. I feel like Im blessed to be in this situation.


Forward Thinking
Joining Jones in the Gym on Friday were forwards Keith Tiny Gallon (Oklahoma) and Larry Sanders (Virginia Commonwealth). The duo intrigued Barrise, who praised VP of Basketball Operations Bobby Marks for putting together a group that brought together several interesting prospects who could be available at the end of the first round.

Keith Tiny Gallon

Gallon a 6-foot-9 forward weighed 302 pounds at the Draft Combine in Chicago, but proved to be agile during the workout, drawing an easy comparison to Glen Big Baby Davis of the Celtics. Its not an unfamiliar refrain, and Gallon understands where it comes from, due to a similar body type and their ability to shoot comfortably from 15-to-17 feet.

Though he played only one season for the Sooners, averaging 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds in 23.5 minutes, Gallon raised questions about his conditioning and ability to play inside.

Acknowledging hes heard criticism about falling in love with his jump shot, the big man has focused on showing his willingness to bang during the workouts hes had thus far, attempting to alleviate concerns by sticking to a health regimen he believes will enable him to impress NBA executives.

Ive been working in New York with my strength-and-conditioning coach, Gallon said. Weve been doing a lot of core work, agility stuff. We do a lot of basketball stuff, but I think your skills get better when youre in better shape if youre talented. As a good basketball player, as you get in better condition, thats when your shots falling, thats when you can move. Were doing lot of jump rope, getting my feet faster, getting in better shape.

Larry Sanders

Sanders has the opposite problem hes 6-foot-10 with 4.6-percent body fat, but weighs in at only 222 pounds. Though hes concentrating on adding bulk, Sanders ably wields an astounding 7-foot-5 wingspan, having blocked at least 90 shots in each of his three college seasons for the Rams (2.75 BPG) and earning recognition as the Colonial Athletic Associations Defensive Player of the Year.

I think what I bring to the table naturally is my ability to run and use my length, Sanders said. And then suprising (GMs) with a couple things that Ive been working on: jump shot, some back-to-the-basket moves, offensive moves.

The 21-year-olds length and skill with the ball impressed Barrise, who joked that Sanders is able to tie his shoes standing up. Sanders, meanwhile, is trying to enjoy a workout process that has him feeling like hes on tour, five stops in. The best part?

Just meeting different teams and seeing these different coaches face-to-face, seeing these different facilities and getting to travel, Sanders said. Im turning into a pro, getting to take care of my body and learn. I think thats probably the best part of the whole thing.



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