Hornets Draft Workouts: Day 3

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

The Hornets will hold their third draft workout today at the Alario Center. The below players will participate in the workout:

Chase Budinger • Arizona • Forward • 6-7, 218 • Carlsbad, Calif.
An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft, Budinger was a First Team All-PAC 10 selection as a junior. He was originally an early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. Budinger earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American for the second straight year, and was also named an All-District IX selection from the USBWA and Second Team All-District 20 from the NABC. He was one of 50 players named to the Preseason Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award. As a sophomore, named Third Team All-Pac-10 and Second Team All-District 15 from the NABC. He earned 2007 PAC-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2007, while at the 2006 Nike Junior World Championships held in Douai, France he earned MVP honors as a member of Team USA. Budinger ranks 11th on the Arizona career scoring list with 1,697 career points – the highest total by a player at Arizona for three seasons or less.

Sam Young • Pittsburgh • Forward • 6-6, 220 • Fort Washington, Md.
Young played in a school-record 143 consecutive games, finishing his career as Pitt’s fourth all-time leading scorer (1,884 points). He is one of three seniors who comprise the all-time winningest class in Pitt history (112 wins). As a senior, he was named All-Big East First Team and AP All-America Third Team, as well as earning NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team honors. Young set Pitt single-season record with 690 points and finished fourth in Big East in scoring (19.2 ppg) and 20th in rebounding (6.3 rpg). He averaged 23.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting .480 from beyond the arc (12-for-25) in four NCAA Tournament games.

Kyndall Dykes • University of New Orleans • Forward • 6-3, 190 • New Orleans, La.
Dykes was an All-Sun Belt Conference third-team selection after finishing second in the league in scoring (17.3 ppg) in 2008-09. He was also fourth in the conference in steals (1.4 spg). He had career-high 27 points in win "Senior Night" win over Arkansas State on Feb. 19 and had 25 points in victory over North Texas on Dec. 22. Dykes scored 20 points or more in final four games of the regular season. He finished the year 11th in the league in field goal percentage (48.7%) and was 18th in rebounding (5.1 rpg).

Josh Carter • Texas A&M • Guard/Forward • 6-7, 200 • Dallas, Texas
Carter played in a school-record 135 career games, finishing his career as the winningest player in school history with a 98-37 (.726) record. Carter averaged a career-best 13.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He is the only player in A&M history to score at least 1,500 points (1,566) with 500 rebounds (509) and 200 assists (240) and owns the school record for career three-point field goals (299), fourth in Big 12 history. Carter ranks seventh in career scoring at A&M. As a senior, he was named Second-Team All-Big 12 (Dallas Morning News). He ranked second in Big 12 in season free throw accuracy (.847) and in three-point field goals per game (2.6) in league play.


Arizona's Budinger among four at Day 3 of workouts


gThe Hornets will hold their second draft workout today at the Alario Center. After bringing in a group of frontcourt prospects on Friday, Monday’s group consists entirely of perimeter players. Here are today’s participants and pertinent biographical information:

Marcus Thornton • LSU • Guard • 6-4, 205 • Baton Rouge, La.
Thornton played two seasons at LSU after spending first two years at Kilgore Community College. Thornton led the Tigers to the 2009 SEC Championship, as LSU went 13-3 in the Southeastern Conference and 27-8 overall (tying for the third most wins in the history of LSU basketball). As a senior, he was named the SEC’s Player of the Year. In just two seasons at LSU, he finished with 1,347 points, 21st all time for the Tigers. His 20.4 scoring average is sixth-best all time in school history. Thornton finished eighth in school history with 168 three-pointers. As a senior, Thronton averaged 21.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists, and was the consensus SEC Player of the Year. He was second in the conference in scoring. He finished the year with 19 straight games scoring in double figures.

Jeremy Pargo • Gonzaga • Gurad • 6-2, 220 • Chicago, Ill.
As a junior, Pargo was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year, as well as being earning Honorable Mention All-American by The Associated Press. Pargo was named First Team All-Conference after his sophomore and junior seasons, and Honorable Mention after his senior season. As a senior, he averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 assists. He became the 30th player in program history to reach 1,000 points and finished his career in fourth place among Gonzaga’s all-time assist leaders. His 170 career steals put him in fourth place in school history. Pargo averaged 13.0 ppg, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals during WCC Tournament and averaged 14.3 points in three NCAA Tournament games, shooting 17-for-26 (65.4 percent) from the field.

Darren Collison • UCLA • Guard • 6-1, 160 • Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
A First Team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior in 2008-09, Collison was the winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, for the nation's best player six-feet or under. Collison was named to AP All-America Third Team as a junior and Honorable Mention AP All-American as a senior. For his career, he Finished 16th in UCLA history in points scored (1,639) and tied for first for career games played (142) and second in wins (117). In his senior season, he averaged 14.4 points, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.5 minutes over 35 contests. A finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and John R. Wooden Award, Collison was named USBWA All-District IX and NABC First Team All-District 20. He led the Pac-10 and was fourth in the nation in free-throw percentage (.897).

Jack McClinton • University of Miami • Guard • 6-1, 185 • Baltimore, Md.
McClinton set an ACC record with .440 three-point percentage during his Miami career. In only three seasons, he hit a UM record 286 career three-pointers, 11th on the ACC charts. He averaged 3.1 three-point baskets over his career, fifth-best in ACC history and ranks second in ACC with .900 career free throw percentage. As a senior, McClinton was named All-ACC First Team as he led ACC in three-point percentage (.453, 6th in NCAA) and free throw percentage (.885, 10th in NCAA). He averaged a league-best 3.2 three-pointers and set a UM single-season record with 101 three-pointers made. He finished third in ACC in scoring (19.3 ppg). In five games vs. No. 1 ranked opponents (UNC twice, Duke, Wake Forest and UConn), McClinton averaged 29.8 points and 5.2 three-pointers.

Eric Maynor • VCU • Guard • 6-3, 175 • Raeford, N.C.
Maynor is VCU’s all-time leader in points (1,953), assists (674), games played (130) and free throws made (503). He is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and as a senior was named CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA First Team. He also earned CAA Tournament MVP honors in 2009, recording 25 points, eight assists and two steals in CAA Championship game triumph over George Mason. Maynor averaged 22.4 points and 6.2 assists in 2008-09. He scored 21 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in NCAA First Round loss to UCLA. Maynor became second player to lead CAA in both scoring (22.4 ppg) and assists (6.2 apg) in the same season. Maynor topped 30 points in six games and 20 points in 23 contests during his senior season.

Jermaine Taylor • University of Central Florida • Guard • 6-4, 215 • Tavares, Fla.
His 1,979 points rank third all-time at UCF and fourth on the C-USA career register, as Taylor averaged 16.2 points during career. He made a school-record 251 three-pointers. As a senior, he was named the Conference USA Player of the Year and earned All-C-USA First Team honors, as well was being named All-District by the NABC and USBWA. Taylor ranked third nationally in scoring (26.2 ppg) and set a C-USA single-season record by scoring 466 points and averaging 29.1 points against league opponents. He scored a school-record 812 points during his senior campaign. Taylor led the Knights in scoring in 29 of 31 games, shot .480 overall, including .376 from three-point range and .812 at the free-throw line. He connected on 92 three-pointers, which ranked fourth on the school’s single-season chart. Taylor was first on the team with 5.2 rpg and also led the Knights with 24 blocked shots.