Friday's Draft Workout: Session 1
Position: Small Forward
PPG: 16.4 RPG: 7.2 APG: 1.9
On his Minnesota connections
I've come up here very summer since I was a little kid, probably 1 or 2 years old. My great-grandpa built a lake house on Pelican Lake, kind of near Brainerd, near Mille Lacs, so I'm pretty familiar with the whole Minneapolis area. My dad's aunt and uncle live in Brooklyn Center and all his cousins, and that side of the family. So, very familiar with Minneapolis and then, obviously I followed Brian Cardinal when he was up here, and Brad Miller, so I have a lot of Minnesota connections.
On the Timberwolves' season this year
They had a good year. It was fun to watch Brad play his last year, and then obviously, you have Kevin Love, you have Ricky Rubio, so things are pretty exciting, I think for Minnesota. I think, in terms of playing here, the summertime is great, the winter can be a little cold, but, hey, that's not a big deal.
On his growth while at Purdue
I mean, I've obviously put on a little weight. Came in 195 pounds and 6'8". I leave 220, so I bulked up a little bit. I think just kind of just had to mature as a player, basketball IQ-wise, and just continuing to work on my ball-handling and shooting. I think I'm a better player now than I was when I got there.
On competing in the pre-draft process
You're trying to show that you fit in, you're trying to show, in my case, that I'm healthy. That's a big thing with two ACL tears is something that obviously teams are kind of skeptical on. So you've got to prove to them that you're out here and playing at a high level, and that's what I try to do in every workout.
On his injuries
Yeah, it comes up in every workout I go to, they ask about my knee, the doctors tug on my knee, all that fun stuff. So, it gets a little old, but I understand. Teams are making a pretty big investment in you, so it's something that they kind of have to do their due diligence on and figure you out. But really, I am healthy, so it's not hard for me to go out there and prove it. I just go out there and compete as hard as I can and play as hard as I can.
View Robbie Hummel’s draft profile HERE.
Position: Shooting Guard
PPG: 14.5 RPG: 4.2 APG: 1.6
On the structure of the workout
It's like practice, but at the same time, I'm friends with some of these guys. Orlando Johnson, Marcus Denmon, all these guys I'm friends with. But it's a job interview at the same time, so just gotta compete and be yourself. It's 30 teams; somebody's going to like you for you, so there's no need to try to overdo or impress. Just stay the course and be yourself.
On what he's hoping to showcase aside from his scoring ability
My ability to defend smaller guys. My whole career I guarded guys my size, and then my senior year, I had to guard college fours. So I mean, it's just a process. Again, I'm showing what I can do: I can shoot the ball and score and I'm showing that I can defend.
On potentially playing with the Timberwolves
I'd love to play with them guys, man. I mean, Derrick Williams, Beasley, Kevin Love, Rubio, all those guys that can score and can attack off the dribble, and just having me spotting up knocking down jump shots, it would be a great fit. I love the city, but again, I'd love to play in 30 NBA cities, so we'll see.
View Kim English’s draft profile HERE.
Position: Shooting Guard
College/Team: UC Santa Barbara
PPG: 19.7 RPG: 5.8 APG: 2.9
On the pre-draft process
Yeah, I'm on the road a lot. I maybe go home probably a day and then it's like I'm right back out on the road, in an airport, somewhere. You know, that's the NBA life though. You're going to be on the road a lot, you're going to be travelling a lot. But I'm glad I'm getting a little taste of it now, so hopefully whatever team I end up on, I'll be ready for that and ready to go.
On his offensive strengths and weaknesses
On the offensive side of the game, I think I'm very versatile with the ball in my hands. Great catch-and-shoot, really good at getting to the rim, getting to the foul line, post game. My weakness is I think I need to probably get more people more involved a little bit better, and also being more vocal on the offensive end. So, I think those things are going to come as I learn more of the tricks of the trade in the NBA and working with veterans and my teammates.
On transitioning to defending NBA-level players
Yeah, I think I can definitely make that transition; it's just going to be work, like anything else. A lot of people are questioning that, and that's fine. And I'm ready to show people that I can and I'm more than willing to defend whoever they throw at me. So it's going to be a great challenge.
View Orlando Johnson’s draft profile HERE.