Bobcats Draft Workouts - Day 3
June 21, 2012
The Bobcats continued their 2012 NBA Draft Workouts on June 21, 2012 at Time Warner Cable Arena® with prospects Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), Dorenzo Hudson (Virginia Tech), Jamar Samuels (Kansas State), Dominique Sutton (North Carolina Central), C.J. Williams (North Carolina State) and Nick Barbour (High Point) in front of Bobcats Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Jordan, President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins, General Manager Rich Cho, and Head Coach Mike Dunlap.
Harrison Barnes - First-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore and Second-Team as a freshman. Earned NABC Second-Team All-American honors as a sophomore. The ACC Rookie of the Year in 2011. One of six Tar Heels to average at least 15 points as both a freshman and sophomore (Barnes, Phil Ford, Antawn Jamison, Joseph Forte, Rashad McCants and Tyler Hansbrough). Scored in double figures in 64 of 75 games. As a high school senior in 2009-10, won national player of the year honors from Naismith, USA Today, The Sporting News (across all sports) and Morgan Wootten Award. Led Ames to back-to-back undefeated state championships, winning 53 consecutive games his last two seasons. Broke the career scoring record in the state of Iowa previously held by Fred Hoiberg with 1,787 career points. Earned MVP honors at the McDonald's All-Star Game, the Nike Hoop Summit and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Dorenzo Hudson - A Charlotte native, Hudson averaged 10.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.5 apg in the 2011-2012 season at Virginia Tech.
Jamar Samuels - Led the Kansas State Wildcats in rebounding last season with 6.6 rpg while scoring 10 ppg. In 2012, Samuels earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and a Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team selection. Notched a Big 12 Sixth Man Award and a Big 12 All-Reserve Team (Media) selection in 2010.
Dominique Sutton - Earned First Team-All-Big East honors as a senior and an Honorable Mention All-American selection by The Associated Press. Johnson-Odom lead Marquette in scoring his junior and senior seasons with 15.8 ppg and 18.3 ppg. Earned Second Team All-Big East honors as a junior and Marquette’s Defensive Player of the Year award as a sophomore.
C.J. Williams - In the 2011-2012 season, Williams averaged 10.6 ppg and 3.8 rbg while shooting a career best 50 percent from the field. Won NC State’s Most Improved and Coaches awards in 2012.
Nick Barbour - Led the High Point Panthers in scoring with 20.4 ppg, while shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc in the 2011-2012 season. Earned All-Big South First Team honors in 2010 and 2012, All-Big South Second Team in 2011 and Big South All-Freshmen Team in 2009.
Harrison Barnes • 6-8 • 215 lbs. • Small Forward • North Carolina
(On the workout)
It was challenging. We did a lot of three-on-three stuff, so it was good getting back on the court and get moving.
(On what he’s trying to showcase in the workout)
I’ve been working on my overall game. I’ve been spending a lot of time putting the ball on the floor so I was trying to demonstrate that, as well as my ability to shoot the basketball.
(On his potential draft selection)
There are a lot of teams interested. Anywhere from 2 through 8 or 2 through 10 is a legit possibility.
(On how the extra year of college has helped him)
It’s helped me a lot. A lot of teams have asked me about my maturity and how I feel about moving to a different city by myself while handling a lot of money. Staying an extra year in college definitely helped me mature.
(On potentially playing for the Bobcats)
I know a lot about the Bobcats, I’ve seen them play a few times. It would be nice to be close to where I played college basketball at but ultimately that’s not my decision.
(On if it was tough working out for Michael Jordan)
No, not at all. I was going to ask him to a shooting contest but he dipped out a little early (laughter). It was fun to play in front of him.
(On working out for Mike Dunlap)
He is a very smart guy. I had dinner with him last night. You can tell he’s really in touch in terms of X’s and O’s and getting after it. He ran some of the workout today. He’s really a hands on guy.
(On Charlotte’s interest in him)
They’re very interested. They’re looking to improve at every position; it’s just a matter of what they feel they need the most, whether it’s a perimeter player or a big.
(On Mike Dunlap’s influence on the workout)
Well, we were playing three-on-three half court then he stepped in and it turned into a track meet. You can tell he likes to play fast, with a lot of intensity. He wants his players to lay it all out on the line, dive on the floor and get hustle points.
(On if other teams did the same)
No, we mostly did one-on-one drills and a lot of half court. Today was definitely different, playing three-on-three full court.
(On working out with players he played against in college)
It was good. A few of the guys came down to UNC a few times and played pick up with us. And of course I played against C.J. It was good working out against them, today.
(On the opportunity to play in the NBA)
I’m very excited. Obviously the opportunity to play in the NBA has always been something I wanted. I’m counting down the days! It’s seven days now, I believe.
(On the things he can do that might surprise people)
I think the biggest thing is just trying to improve my game. Especially putting it on the floor, that’s my biggest knock. I’m trying to show teams I’ve been working on that and being able to find guys, which I was able to display in the three-on-three drill.
(On being able to get to the basket)
Yes, I have the ability to get to the basket, below the rim, above the rim or however you want it.
(On UNC and Kentucky potentially having four players drafted in the lottery, each)
Well I’m hoping we have four guys in the lottery before them (laughter). That’s what we’re hoping for. Obviously it’s fun going to the draft but it would be more fun having your teammates with you. Potentially having four people in the green room from the same team would be a lot of fun; that we all get to reach our goals together.
(On C.J. Williams signing his jersey and him putting the picture of it on Twitter)
(laughter) It’s funny you say that because he just walked over and said “Man I can’t believe you put that picture on Twitter.” We were just having some light-hearted fun. It was good going to the combine; I got to meet a lot of those guys and seeing them in a different setting besides competing against them.
(On where he’s worked out at)
I’ve worked out at Toronto, Cleveland and Washington.
(On what he has planned after the Bobcats workout)
I’m going to call my agent and see. May go out to the west coast and shut it down or go to a team I’ve already worked out for and do a second workout. It’s just based on whatever they say.
(On the rebuilding phase of the Bobcats)
You just have to come out and play hard every day. When I came to UNC they were fresh off of a NIT runner-up. I’m not going to say we were always the highflying team that we ended with. In a rebuilding process you just have to play hard.