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Wednesday’s Draft Workouts To Get More Interesting

by Mike Ulmer
--raptors.com
June 3, 2008

Jim Kelly - June 3rd

The Raptors pre-draft workouts are about to get interesting.

Tuesdays workouts featured Wayne Ellington of North Carolina, Shan Foster of Vanderbilt, Mississippi State guard Jamont Gordon, forward Danny Green of North Carolina and guards Malik Hairston (Oregon) and Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky). Green, hampered by a sore foot, offered limited glimpses of his skills. Lee, a slasher and gifted offensive player, probably brought the best reputation to the workouts.

Wednesday, the bigs take over.

Raptors player personnel officials will get their first look at Ohio States seven-foot-one centre Kosta Koufos. Koufos offers the always welcome commodity of height and based almost exclusively on that, Koufos has a chance to be a late first-rounder.

Robin Lopez is seven footer and the Stanford product offers agility and good hands, but may not project into a starter. This scouting report does not apply to his more talented twin brother Brook.

Six-foot-10 forward Ryan Anderson from the University of California projects as a small forward thanks to first-rate offensive tools.

That leaves Drew Neitzel, a playmaking Michigan State guard who is coming off a so-so regular season, Jeremy Pargo, a six-foot-two point guard from Gonzaga and Jason Thompson.

Thompson may be the most intriguing. A six-foot-eleven product of Rider, he brings lots of length, offence and rebounding.

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