Thursday's Draft Workout: Session 1
Miles Plumlee Interview
PPG: 6.6 RPG: 7.1 APG: 0.5
How did it go?
I thought I did well; I thought I showcased my athleticism and some of my skills, so all-in-all for me it was a good day.
Is there added incentive or pressure at these camps coming from Duke?
I think it varies, I mean, from person to person. Yeah, we've had a lot of NBA picks; whether that helps me or hurts me, I think it doesn't matter. It's just based on how I've performed in my four years and what I show them through the draft process.
On learning from any particular Duke players
Not particularly, but we've had a lot of great players. I've gotten to pick up a lot of things from different guys -- different shots they do or ways they handle themselves on the court — so it's been a blessing for me to see all these players through Duke.
On what he hopes execs saw today
Just how much I want it. You know, I want this; it's something I've been working for my whole life, and I feel like I have the physical tools to do it and do it for a long time and do it well. So, that was my goal today, to show them all that.
On bringing intangibles to the table
Yeah, and on top of that, I feel like there [are] things I've worked on my whole life that I can surprise people with, and today, I thought, was a good day for me.
View Miles Plumlee's Draft Profile HERE.
John Shurna Interview
Position: Small Forward
PPG: 20.0 RPG: 5.4 APG: 2.8
What are some of the things you can bring to an NBA team right away?
I think I'm an NBA-level shooter, and then I just love to win. So I'll do anything I can to help the team win, so you know, I'll be there to do the little things, and I can be a glue guy, so, you know, whatever the coaching staff asks of [me], I'll be out there to do it.
How did coming back for your senior year help you out?
Yeah, you know, it was a tremendous opportunity. Get to play in the Big Ten and get to be able to work out, improve different skills, get in the gym and get stronger. And I think any year of experience going against the Big Ten and going against some of the top competition in the country, you can only benefit from. So it was a wonderful experience.
View John Shurna's Draft Profile HERE.
Drew Gordon Interview
Position: Power Forward
College/Team: New Mexico
PPG: 13.7 RPG: 11.1 APG: 1.2
How did your transfer from UCLA to New Mexico help you?
I made some bad decisions at UCLA, and actually, it made me grow. I had to figure out who I was and how I wanted to play basketball, and if I did want to play basketball. So, transferring to New Mexico kind of gave me a fresh start. Coach Alfred's a great coach, and he really helped work me out and rekindle the fire that was there. My love for the game's been the highest it's ever been. So needless to say, Coach obviously helped me out in a big way, and I hope that I can keep it going.
On his passion for the game
Yeah, you know, I'm an emotional player. I try to keep it at positive emotions, but when you lose sometimes, it gets to you. But yeah, man, I'm really laid-back, like to be vocal on the court, and I like to have a good time. When you're playing a sport that you love for your career, you should take advantage of it and make sure that you're happy doing it. Because as soon as you're not happy, you should step away. And I'm ecstatic, so I'm going to keep it going as long as I can.
On adjusting to the NBA level
Yeah, you know, it's always good to come out and touch elbows against other people. I actually saw [Miles] Plumlee in one of the last workouts we had together, so this is my second time seeing him in, like, 72 hours. You know, it's always good to be able to go head-to-head with someone you're starting to get familiar with and doing a better job guarding, being able to get to the basket. It obviously looks better to the scouts the next time you see them. So, obviously, it goes both ways, it's more comfortable. So all-in-all, it's a good environment, and it definitely creates a spark in competition.
On what position he'll play in the NBA
I'm mostly going to be at the power forward. I don't think my skills are sharp enough yet to be able to play the three. It's obviously something that, once I get drafted, we can work on it, if need be. If the team needs me to play the three spot, then I'll obviously have to work on it and my skills there. At this point, it'll be four. But you know, I'm happy with that; it's not too bad a transition going from five to four.
View Drew Gordon's Draft Profile HERE.