Hornets Draft Workouts: Day 4

Saturday, June 14, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer and Nick O'Hayre, Hornets.com

Coverage of Saturday's team workouts in the New Orleans Arena:
MARIO CHALMERS, Kansas
Check back later to listen to Chalmers as he discusses the likelihood of his being picked in the first round, as well as his take on former college teammate Julian Wright, in Hornets.com’s Audio Archives

MALIK HAIRSTON, Oregon
Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: Mostly I’ve heard Josh Howard, who is very versatile, likes to do a lot of different things and whatever the team asks. Also Marquis Daniels and even Steve Smith or Grant Hill, because I like to pass the ball.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve?
A: I want to continue to show I can play multiple positions. Defensively, I want to show that I can guard 1s, 2s and 3s. Also, that I can handle the ball well and move well without the ball.

Q: Who are your draft sleepers?
A: Joe Crawford from Kentucky. I’ve known him for a long time, and he’s very talented. Also two guys I played with at Oregon, Bryce Taylor and Maarty Leunen. They’re very good players who were on a good team in college. I think they’ll continue to shine during these workouts.

Q: What would make you want to come here to play for the Hornets?
A: The competitive nature of the team. They have a great point guard leading the way who is a great extension of Coach Scott. He’s a great competitor, leader and passer. Obviously the Hornets have a proven, great coach. I would love to be a part of something this special.

RODRIGUE BEAUBOIS, France
Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve?
A: Being more of a vocal leader. I’m working on my English, which isn’t very good right now. But I think I can work on everything, including shooting.

Q: How did you feel your workout went today?
A: I was very tired because it was my eighth one I’ve done. I cannot feel my legs anymore. [laughs] At first it was so-so because I was a little tired, but after that it was OK. Earlier this week I was in Portland, Washington and San Antonio.

MIKE TAYLOR, Iowa State
Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: A lot of people actually compare me to Jannero Pargo who plays here. In the NBA D-League I was the sixth man off the bench, and I was kind of that spark. Due to that fact and that I am a similar player to him, a combo guard, that scores and can give a spark off the bench, I would say Pargo.

Q: What do you know about the Hornets?
A: For me, I feel like my life has kind of been up and down and has been a struggle. And for New Orleans to go through the storm three years ago, it's kind of the story of my life too, weathering the storm. It would mean a lot to me to get to play here, because I feel I can relate to the city.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they aren’t weaknesses?
A: Just being consistent. I'm in the hump of my workouts, right in the middle, I still have like six more to go. It is kind of taking a toll on me with the flights and stuff, so I just want to stay consistent. Show that I can shoot it at a consistent level and show that I'm athletic and can finish in the paint.

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 really think I'm a sleeper, but I'm starting to gradually gain the interest of a lot of people in higher powers with a lot of teams, but I really do think I'm a sleeper.

REGGIE WILLIAMS, Virginia Military Institute
Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: I would say Jalen Rose, I have heard that comparison a few times. He was a bigger guy that could handle the ball and score as well.

Q: What do you know about the Hornets?
A: I know they have a very good young team and a good organization. I got to speak with the General Manager (Jeff Bower) before the workout and he is a great guy and I really liked Coach Scott and the whole coaching staff. They have created a great environment here, everyone is loose and has fun, but definitely know he means business. It would be a great opportunity and I think I would be a good fit for this team.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they aren’t weaknesses?
A: I'm trying to show that I can do more than just score. I think that because I led the nation in scoring the last two seasons, people know I can score but may not think I can do much more. I want to show that I can pass, play defense and be competitive.

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 would have to say me. I think I can help a team in a lot of different ways if I get the opportunity.

JAMES PARLOW, University of New Orleans
Q: When were you notified that you would be participating in this draft workout? This being your first workout, how did it go?
A: Two days ago, so I got a little advance notice. I think it went pretty well, at times it was a little up and down. My conditioning could have been a little better, but I was able to keep up with all the drills and everything so that was good.

Q: Did you follow the Hornets at all this season?
A: Oh yeah man, I love the Hornets. They had a great season. I was able to come out to about 12 of the games this year, so it was great. They were a lot of fun and with the group they have they should continue to be a very good team.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they aren’t weaknesses?
A: I would say my ballhandling ability. I think that improving that and getting it up to the level of my shooting ability is one of my main goals.

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: Bo McCaleb (UNO). He is a very good point guard and can really score, I think he will be a sleeper and when he gets in there he will make a big impact for the team that gets him.



Saturday draft workout participants


Bios of the six players working out for the Hornets today in the New Orleans Arena:
Mario Chalmers, Kansas
Chalmers, a 6’1” guard from Anchorage, averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 39 games for the National Champion Jayhawks. Chalmers, who hit the game-tying three-pointer to send the 2008 national championship game into overtime and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Performer, is an early entrant to the 2008 NBA Draft, declaring after his junior season. The three-time All-Big 12 selection, Chalmers tied the school record for steals in a season (97) his junior year. In addition to his other honors, he was named to the All-Big 12 defensive team all three seasons as a Jayhawk. The former teammate of current Hornet Julian Wright, Chalmers is a sweet-shooting guard who can lead a team and plays excellent defense.

Mike Taylor, Iowa State
Taylor, a 6’2” guard from Milwaukee, played with the Idaho Stampede of the NBDL last season, averaging 14.5 points. While in college at Iowa State, he was one of the most dangerous sharpshooters in the Big 12 conference, hitting a team-high 77 treys. Taylor led ISU in scoring (16.0 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg) his junior season at ISU. Taylor was named honorable mention all-Big 12 in his final season with the Cyclones. Taylor played his first two seasons at Chipola Junior College before transferring to Iowa State. Taylor had a solid year in the D-League and is a very explosive player with deep range.

Rodrigue Beaubois, France
Beaubois, a 6’0” guard from France, averaged 4.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 14.5 minutes of play in the French ProA League regular season with Cholet. Beaubois has grown up playing for Cholet in France, making his professional debut in 2006-07. A member of the French U19 National Team, Beaubois was discovered by Golden State’s Mickael Pietrus at an open basketball camp in his native Guadeloupe. He was an early entrant to last year’s draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. Beaubois is very active and is an excellent ball-handler and passer.

Malik Hairston, Oregon
Hairston, a 6’6” shooting guard from Detroit, earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors his sophomore and senior seasons at Oregon. He averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 rebounds his senior season for the Ducks. In addition, he ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.433). Hairston finished his Oregon career tied for sixth with Stan Love and Fred Jones on Oregon’s all-time leading scoring list with 1,644 points. He started 115 of his 117 career games at Oregon. Hairston has good size and strength for the two-guard position and is a consistent shooter from all distances.

Reggie Williams, Virginia Military Institute
Williams, a 6’6” forward from Prince, Virginia, finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in VMI, Big South Conference and Virginia state Division I history with 2,556 points. He was named First Team All-Big South his junior and senior seasons. Williams led the nation in scoring his senior season with a 27.8 average, becoming the ninth player in NCAA Division I history to lead the country in scoring in multiple years (led the nation his junior season with a 28.1 average). He also led the Big South conference in rebounding with a 9.7 average his senior season. He is a solid athlete with a high basketball IQ and knows how to score.