Hornets draft prospect interviews, workout 3

Monday, June 18, 2012
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

The Hornets' 2012 draft workouts continued Monday morning at the Alario Center. Workout No. 3 featured a pair of frontcourt players. Here is some of what they had to say following their workout:

PERRY JONES, Baylor
Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: A poor man’s Kevin Durant.

Q: You said you were born in Louisiana (Winnsboro). What do you know about the Hornets and/or the city of New Orleans?
A: I know they have changed their roster a lot with trades and they finished last year strong winning a lot of games.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they aren’t weaknesses?
A: My strength and my willingness to compete.

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: To be honest, I don’t know. There are a lot of talented guys so it would be hard to just choose one.

Q: What do you hope to get out of playing in summer league?
A: Team chemistry and how to play with the team, to be more efficient with the team. Just do my best to improve and make the team better.

JARED SULLINGER, Ohio State
Q: Who do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of style of play?
A: Carlos Boozer, Kevin Love. All those guys (people) say they’re not athletic enough, not big enough. Also Elton Brand. I compare myself to all of those guys, because they showed that size doesn’t matter.

Q: What do you know about the city of New Orleans and this organization?
A: The city of New Orleans, what it went through, and what it bounced back from, is just tremendous. This team is rebuilding. It looks like it’s going to be a great atmosphere.

Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon or show scouts that they’re a strength of your game?
A: I can shoot the ball, I can pass the ball, I can handle the ball. I can do a lot. I just have to show the coach that I can do it.

Q: Who is your draft sleeper this year, a player who may not be getting a lot of attention?
A: There are a lot of guys. Austin Rivers, Tony Wroten, Marquis Teague, John Henson, Tyler Zeller. I can keep going on and on and on. Everybody doesn’t like those guys, but they’re good basketball players.

Q: What do you hope to get out of summer league if you end up playing there in July?
A: Just the experience of playing with the 24-second shot clock, and get a feel for the NBA style of basketball.