Workout schedule comes into focus - 6/10/2010
The Philadelphia 76ers workout schedule prior to the upcoming NBA Draft is coming into focus as some of the nation’s top college players will visit the team’s practice facility in the coming weeks.
The Associated Press National Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Evan Turner of The Ohio State University, Derrick Favors of Georgia Tech, DeMarcus Cousins of Kentucky and Wesley Johnson of Syracuse have all confirmed with the Sixers that they will participate in pre-draft workouts at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
“We want to make sure we get an additional look at the players available to us with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft,” Sixers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski said. “These are all very talented prospects who can make an immediate impact at the next level and while exploring these options, we would have to be presented with a blockbuster offer to even consider trading this pick.”
Turner is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on June 17, Favors and Cousins are scheduled to work-out on June 18, and Johnson is scheduled for a work-out on June 19. The Sixers generally confirm the exact workout dates approximately 24-48 hours prior to the on-court activity. Check the Draft Center for up-to-the-minute workout schedules and announcements.
Turner’s credentials speak volumes: As a junior in 2009-10, he won the John Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy, the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the AP National Player of the Year and NABC Division I Player of the Year after averaging 20.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Additionally, Turner was named 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player. As a sophomore in 2008-09, named Honorable Mention AP All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, Oscar Robertson Award Finalist, NABC All-District 7 Team and ASBWA All-District v Team. Earned a Big Ten record eight player of the week awards over his career.
Favors averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game with the Yellow Jackets, leading all ACC freshman in scoring, rebounding, double-doubles, blocked shots and field goal percentage. He was selected by the media as ACC Rookie of the Year and named to the Sporting News All-Freshman team. Favors was also Parade Magazine’s High School Player of the Year in 2009 and earned MVP honors at both the McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
The 6’11” Cousins averaged 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just 23.5 minutes per game at Kentucky, while leading the SEC with 20 double-doubles, setting a new UK freshman record (surpassing the previous high of 11, held by Chris Mills). An Associated Press First Team All-America as a freshman, he was also named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and was a ballot selection for the 2010 Wooden Award. Additionally, Cousins was named SEC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman team.
Johnson transferred to Syracuse from Iowa State and became the first transfer student to be named Big East Player of the Year, while also being named First Team All-America by The Associated Press and the USBWA. During his junior season, Johnson ranked in top 10 in Big East in scoring (16.5 ppg, 10th), rebounding (8.5 rpg, 5th), steals (1.7 spg, 5th), three-point percentage (.415, 7th), blocks (1.8 bpg, 6th), and minutes played (35.0 mpg, 9th). He also averaged 22.0 points during NCAA Tournament, including a career-high 31 points vs. Gonzaga in the second round.