Hornets Draft Workouts: Day 2

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
By: Nick O'Hayre, Hornets.com

Hornets.com’s Nick O’Hayre chatted Wednesday with Hornets draft workout participants Mark Tyndale, Lester Hudson, Patrick Ewing Jr. and Keith Brumbaugh. For more from potential first-round pick Wayne Ellington of North Carolina, as well as Xavier (Ohio) forward Josh Duncan, visit Hornets.com’s Audio Archives for exclusive interviews with both players. Also check out our chat with Chris Paul, who was on hand for the workouts in the New Orleans Arena:

Q: What do you know about the Hornets and what would draw you to wanting to be drafted here?
A: They’ve got the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul. I think they are very well coached by Byron Scott. They run a fun offense, a lot of pick and rolls. Plus, it’s a beautiful city, a great city.

Q: What NBA player would you compare your skills to?
A: Actually, it’s two guys who aren’t in the NBA anymore, Doug Christie or Scottie Pippen. Somebody like those two guys, somebody who does a lot of things, plays defense, brings the ball up and shoot a little bit. That’s my number one goal, to play well on the defensive end and let my offense come.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve on or prove to scouts that you have certain skills they may not be aware of?
A: I just want to show them how hard I work, that’s all. I’m not trying to come in here and impress anybody, I’m just coming in and playing basketball and do what I do. Just play tough and hard-nosed. A lot of people didn’t see me because we weren’t on national television often, so I just want to show and prove myself, try and get in the back door any way I can.

Q: Who is your draft sleeper, a guy who is not getting much publicity right now but has a chance to be a very solid player in the NBA?
A: Me. That’s it.

LESTER HUDSON, Tennessee-Martin
Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: I would probably say Baron Davis. A scoring point guard who can rebound, get teammates open looks and do it all.

Q: What do you know about the Hornets and what would make you want to play for this team?
A: It would be a great opportunity for me to learn from Chris Paul, he’s the best point guard in the league. I’m trying to become one of the good up-and-coming point guards, so it would be a real good opportunity.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they aren’t weaknesses?
A: Well I want to prove that I’m an all-around player and that I can play on the next level and be a point guard, a scoring point guard.

KEITH BRUMBAUGH, Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College
Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: I’d probably have to play it safe and say Tayshaun Prince. That is one thing I want to show, that I can play defense. Coming from junior college, I think people may doubt that a little. And a lot of times (in junior college) you may lax off a little when you’re scoring a bunch of points and stuff, but out here you get exposed if you aren’t playing defense and I just want to show that I can play D.

Q: What do you know about the Hornets?
A: I like New Orleans a lot. Especially after going through this workout, I really like Coach (Byron) Scott and I really like the feel out here. I’ve played some AAU tournaments in New Orleans, but never like this!

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they aren’t weaknesses?
A: I’m not sure. I’m just trying to show I can go hard, that I can compete with whoever. That I can stay up with everything, show my shooting skills and show I can play multiple positions.

Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: I feel like I can bring a lot of defense, energy and rebounding. I just try to make things on the court happen. It doesn’t have to be scoring points or anything like that. So a lot of people tell me Bruce Bowen because he plays D, is a long and athletic guy. But I don’t want to be the next Bruce Bowen; I just want to be the first me so I don’t really compare myself to anybody.

Q: What do you know about the Hornets?
A: They’re a great team, they are up and coming. They just won their first division title in franchise history and they should have gone to the Western Conference finals at least, it was just a tough last two games. They’ve got to two All-Stars in Chris Paul and David West and Tyson Chandler is really starting to show himself and be what people thought he could be when he came out of high school. Everybody on the team knows their role, and they are stepping up big time. I think they are going to continue to be very successful.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they aren’t weaknesses?
A: I don’t really want to try to prove or show off anything. I just want to continue to be consistent and keep doing the things that I’ve been able to do since I got to school. I feel they are looking at me for a reason so I don’t want to go out and try to do too much and try to overexpose myself and then look bad. I would rather just stay consistent in my game and hopefully if I get picked up by a team, then I’ll be able to do more things, learn from the people that are there and develop the way they want to develop me.

Q: Who is your draft sleeper, a guy who is not getting much publicity right now but has a chance to be a very solid player in the NBA?
A: I’m a little biased, so I’m going to go with my point guard, Jon Wallace (of Georgetown). I think he is a great point guard, he’s very consistent and he rarely messes up. I think he will be a sleeper for a team that picks him up and they’ll be very happy with him and his production.

Six more on Day 2 of draft workouts

Bios of the six participants in Wednesday's Hornets draft workouts:

Mark Tyndale, Temple
Tyndale, a 6’5” forward from Philadelphia, was the first player in Atlantic 10 Conference history to rank among the top 10 in scoring and rebounding and top five in assists and steals in the league in his senior season. The four-year starter averaged 15.9 points his final season, while leading the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg.) and assists (4.3 apg.). He is also the only Temple player to rank among the school's all-time top 20 scorers (1,729 points) and rebounders (733) and top 10 assists (377) and steals (201) leaders. He earned Second Team All-Atlantic honors his senior season. Tyndale is a strong all-around player.

Wayne Ellington, North Carolina
Ellington, a 6’5” shooting guard from UNC, is an early entrant for the 2008 NBA Draft, but has yet to hire an agent. Ellington averaged 16.6 points and 4.5 rebounds last season (his sophomore season), garnering Second Team All-ACC honors. A McDonald’s All-American out of The Episcopal Academy High School in Wynewood, PA, Ellington started 37 of the team’s 38 games his freshman season. That season, he averaged 11.7 points while leading the team with 66 three-pointers. He is known as a big-time scorer with NBA three-point range and has the ability to shoot off the dribble or on the catch-and-shoot.

Lester Hudson, Tennessee Martin
Hudson, a 6’3” shooting guard from Memphis, averaged 25.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.8 steals \his junior season. The early entrant to this year’s draft, Hudson was the first men’s player in Division I history to record a quadruple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in a 116-74 win over Central Baptist College (D-II). The Ohio Valley Conference’s Male Athlete of the Year played well against big competition. Against Vanderbilt he had 36 points, nine rebounds and six assists. He had 35 points and 10 rebounds against Memphis and 27 points and 11 rebounds against Mississippi State. Hudson did not play in the 2006-07 season due to being academically ineligible. He played his first two seasons of college ball at SW Tennessee CC. He is a big time scorer, quick and has great strength for his size.

Patrick Ewing, Jr., Georgetown
Ewing, Jr., a 6’8” power forward from Marietta, Georgia, averaged 6.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists his senior season at Georgetown. The recipient of the inaugural BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year award, Ewing scored at least six points in 15 games. Ewing transferred from Indiana University following his sophomore season, sitting out the 2005-06 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in two years with the Hoosiers. He is the son of former Georgetown and NBA great Patrick Ewing.

Josh Duncan, Xavier
Duncan, a 6’9” power forward from Cincinnati, played four seasons for the Musketeers and garnered numerous awards. Duncan averaged a team-high 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds his senior season garnering Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors and the A-10 Sixth Man of the Year award. He scored a career-high 26 points in an OT win over West Virginia propelling Xavier to the Elite Eight (averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games of the 2008 NCAA Tournament). He appeared in 128 career games at Xavier, scoring over 1,000 career points. Duncan has a decent range on his jump shot, has a high basketball IQ and is an above-average free throw shooter (85% over four seasons).

Keith Brumbaugh, Hillsborough Community College
Brumbaugh, a 6’10” guard from Deland, Florida, averaged a junior college-high 36.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.8 steals for Hillsborough this season. The 2005 Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year originally declared for the 2005 NBA Draft, but withdrew when he couldn’t get a first-round commitment and committed to Oklahoma State, but never played at OSU. After some off-court troubles that derailed his basketball career, he enrolled at Hillsborough and scored 54 points in his first game back in over 33 months. Brumbaugh is a lefty and an athletic scoring machine. He is known as an unselfish player and a hard worker.