Friday Predraft Workouts Include Acy, Gibbs
Predraft activities continued Friday afternoon as a group of prospects worked out for the Timberwolves front office.
Those present included:
Quincy Acy, forward, Baylor
Ashton Gibbs, guard, Pittsburgh
Eric Griffin, forward, Campbell
Cameron Moore, forward, UAB
T.J. Robinson, forward, Long Beach State
Casper Ware, guard, Long Beach State
Timberwolves.com was able to catch up with a few of the prospects after the workouts.
... on Coach Dan Monson, current Long Beach State head coach and former Gopher coach:
Coach Munson is a great guy. He's really competitive like myself; that's why I chose to go to LBSU. Just the way he went about the schedule this year... he expected us to win every game. He had us working out before the season at 6 am in the morning.
... on the workout today:
The workout today was alright. Ashton Gibbs is a great player who I actually went up against during the season. I can score as a little guy and cause havoc on defense. I also like to get the crowd into the game. Everyone doubts me because of my size, but I have to look forward and not worry about that. I can't change my height.
... on the benefits of playing at Baylor in the Big 12 Conference:
It helped me to play at a high level of competition every night. Being in college all four years really prepared me for right now.
... on his intensity:
That's just how I play. I have a passion for the game. I want to win and compete every time I step on the floor. That's just my competitive nature.
... on his feelings before the draft:
No nerves. Every workout I go to, I just try and make sure I impress people. That's all I can control. I tell my agent not to tell me anything that teams tell him.
... on his workout:
It went well. Everyone competed to the highest level. At the end of the day, these workouts are all about competing.
... on his on-court instruction during the workouts:
I'm trying to learn the NBA game. I come from college which is a different system. Learning the pick-and-roll, learning the different defensive positions... just trying to become a pro.
... on what development coach Shawn Respert told the group after the workout:
He wished us good luck and said everyone competed. The best is yet to come.
... on coming back for his senior year:
It was a tough experience, but everything happens for a reason. I'm not going to look back on any situation. There's always a lesson. It was a tough season at Pitt, but I definitely learned a lot about myself. I need to be more consistent to be a pro. Whatever team drafts me is going to get a good player.