Wolves To Host Pre-Draft Workout Sessions

Wolves To Host Group Pre-Draft Workouts Tuesday And Wednesday At Target Center



Mark Remme
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The Timberwolves will host four workout sessions for potential 2013 NBA Draft picks on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The workouts are primarily for players who currently project to be late-first round or second round picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, which will be broadcast live June 27 at 6 PM on ESPN. The workouts are for all teams, meaning representatives from organizations across the league will be here at Target Center evaluating players. Be sure to check Timberwolves.com throughout the two-day workout sessions to get updates and thoughts from the players and President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders.

Below is a list of the prospects who will be in town this week.

Tuesday, May 28

Group 1:

Kenny Boynton – Guard – Florida

Kenny Boynton (Ht. 6-2, Wt. 190) finished his four year career at Florida second on the school's all-time scoring list, becoming the second player in program history to top 2,000 career points. Named coaches’ first-team All-SEC as a junior in 2012 after he was a second-team All-SEC in 2011 and SEC All-Freshman in 2010. Also picked up AP second-team All-SEC honors in 2012. Boynton averaged 12.0 ppg his senior year as Florida advanced to the Elite Eight for the third consecutive year.

Anthony Marshall - G - UNLV

Anthony Marshall (Ht. 6-3, Wt. 200) earned second-team all-Mountain West honors this past season and named to the all-defensive team. He averaged 10.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio his senior season. For his career, Marshall averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

DeWayne Dedmon – Forward – USC

DeWayne Dedmon (Ht. 7-0, Wt. 255) averaged 6.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks his junior season at USC. Transferred to USC after playing one year at Antelope Valley College. Dedmon did not play basketball until his senior year in high school where he saw limited action.

Mouhammadou Jaiteh – Center – France

A native of Pantin, France, Mouhammadou Jatieh (Ht. 6-11, Wt. 249) played this past season in the French Pro B league for Stade Olympique Maritime Boulonnais, where he averaged 16.2 points on .639 shooting. Participated with France in the 2010 and 2011 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championships and then the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships in 2011 and 2012. Recruited by Connecticut, Washington, Gonzaga and Virginia Tech, but decided to sign a two-year contract to play professionally in France. Declared the 2013 LNB Pro B MVP this past season, as well as earning the LNP Pro B Best Progress Award.

Carrick Felix – Forward – Arizona State

Carrick Felix (Ht. 6-6, Wt. 205) was one of the most improved players in the nation in 2012-13 and finished his three-year career by earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors as he led the Pac-12 in double-doubles with 13. Earned a spot on the five-man Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, was the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic Team honoree. Has already earned his bachelor's (B.S., Communications, `12) and master's degrees (Liberal Studies, `13) from Arizona State. Averaged 37.7 minutes in the 18 Pac-12 games, second in the league. His nine double-doubles in Pac-12 games also led the league and his 13 overall matched the second-most by a Sun Devil in the Pac-12 era (1978-79), as Ike Diogu had 15 in 2004-05 and Kurt Nimphius also had 13 in 1979-80. Posted 14 20-point games in his career.

Chris Babb - Guard - Iowa State

Chris Babb (Ht. 6-5, Wt. 225) spent two years in the Big Ten at Penn State before transferring to Iowa State where he played two final years of eligibility for Fred Hoiberg. One of the Big 12's top defenders, Babb earned Big 12 All-Defensive honors his season year. Also a threat from downtown, Babb made 65 three-pointers his senior season, tying him for 14th on the Iowa State single-season chart. For his career he made 129 three-pointers, ranking him seventh on the school's all-time list (he only played two seasons at Iowa State).

Tuesday, May 28

Group 2:

Solomon Hill – Forward – Arizona

A native of Los Angeles, Calif, Solomon Hill (Ht. 6-7, Wt. 220) played four years for the University of Arizona Wildcats. For his career, he appearing in 139 games (129 starts) and averaging 10.3 points, on 48.7 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. As a senior in 2012-13, Hill was second on the Arizona squad in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg). He was named to the All Pac-12 First Team following his junior and senior seasons. Hill scored a career-high 28 points vs. Washington on Jan. 28, 2012 and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Colorado on Feb. 9, 2012.

Michael Snaer – Guard – Florida State

A Moreno Valley, Calif., native, Michael Snaer (Ht. 6-5, Wt. 202) played four seasons with the Florida State Seminoles, averaging 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 134 games. Snaer was named to the All-ACC Second Team in 2012 and the Third Team in 2013. He was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team after his junior and senior seasons. Snaer was also named MVP of the ACC Tournament in 2012 as he led the Seminoles to the school's first ACC Championship. He finished his career at FSU ranked eighth in scoring with 1,560 points. Snaer is recognized as the NCAA all-time leader with six buzzer-beating, game-winning shots.

Brandon Paul – Guard – Illinois

A native of Gurnee, Ill., Brandon Paul (Ht. 6-4, Wt. 200) played four seasons at Illinois, averaging 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 144 games (90 starts). As a senior, he averaged 16.6 points and 4.4 rebounds and hit a buzzer-beating jumper to beat Minnesota in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. Paul earned Third-team All-Big Ten (coaches) honors as a junior. He was named Academic All-Big ten as a junior and senior. On January 10, 2012, Paul scored 43 points in an upset win over then-ranked #5 Ohio State -- the third highest scoring total in a single game by an Illinois men's basketball player while his eight three-pointers tied the school record. He was Mr. Basketball in Illinois in 2009 while playing at Warren Township High School.

Derrick Nix – Center – Michigan State

A Detroit, Mich., native, Derrick Nix (Ht. 6-9, Wt. 270) appeared in 139 games over his four-year career at Michigan State, averaging 5.9 and 3.7 rebounds. As a senior in 2012-13, Nix averaged 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. As a junior, he ranked sixth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.558) and was named MSU's Most Improved Player. Earlier this month, Nix received a bachelor's degree in sociology from MSU.

Jared Berggren – Forward/Center – Wisconsin

A native of Princeton, Minn., Jared Berggren (Ht. 6-10, Wt. 235) appeared in 199 games (72 starts) in four seasons at the University of Wisconsin. As a fifth-year senior, Berggren averaged 11.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and a Big Ten-leading 2.1 blocks in 35 games (all starts). He was named to the 2013 All-Big Ten Second Team and the Big Ten All-Defensive Team and was one of 30 finalists for the 2013 Naismith Award. As a junior, Berggren averaged 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 36 games (all starts). He holds the school record with 144 career blocked shots. Berggren was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Will Clyburn - Guard - Iowa State

Will Clyburn (Ht. 6-7, Wt. 210) played one season at Iowa State after spending time at Utah and Marshaltown Community College. Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors in his only season as a Cyclone. Led the team and ranked seventh in the Big 12 in scoring at 14.9 ppg.

Wednesday, May 29

Group 1:

Matt Dellavedova – Guard – St. Mary’s

Matt Dellavedova (Ht. 6-4, Wt. 190) played four years at St. Mary’s, where he ended his career as the school’s all-time leader in points (1,933), assists (778), 3-pointers made (288) and attempts (761), free throw percentage (.860), starts (133) and games played (136). He was a first-team All-WCC selection for three straight years and was named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. He was listed on the James Naismith and John R. Wooden nation player of the year awards’ midseason watch lists as a senior. Dellavedova also played in all 16 games and started six for the Australian National Team at the 2012 London Olympics, helping the Boomers to the quarterfinals with averages of 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Pierre Jackson – Guard – Baylor

Pierre Jackson (Ht. 5-10, Wt. 180) is a two-time Bob Cousy Award finalist and first-team All-Big 12 honoree. He spent two years at Baylor after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho, and he made the most of his time with the Bears. As a senior, he broke Baylor’s single-season scoring records with 712 points and 192 made free throws. He recorded 255 assists, which was the second-highest single-season total in school history and fourth-most in Big 12 history, and he led the Big 12 in scoring (19.8 ppg) and assists (7.1 apg). He was named the NIT’s Most Outstanding Player. As a junior, he was an All-America Honorable Mention and was a unanimous Big 12 All-Rookie team pick by the coaches. Prior to Baylor, Jackson led CSI to the 2011 NJCAA Division I national championship and was named MVP of both the 2011 NJCAA Region 18 and national tournaments.

Brandon Davies – Forward – BYU

A native of Provo, Utah, Brandon Davies (Ht. 6-9, Wt. 235) stayed close to home and became a standout for Brigham Young University. A team captain as a senior, Davies wrapped up his career tallying 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in his final year with the Cougars. He was fifth in the WCC in scoring, third in rebounding, fifth in field goal percentage and seventh in blocks as a senior. Davies started every game for the Cougars in 2012-13 and registered double-figures in scoring 35 times, including 20-plus points 15 times. For his career, he is second in school history in offensive rebounds, third in games played, third in free throw attempts, tied for third in wins played in, fifth in rebounds and fifth in blocks.

Jackie Carmichael – Forward – Illinois State

Jackie Carmichael (Ht. 6-9, Wt. 240) is a rim protector form Illinois State, who leaves the Redbirds as the school’s career leader in blocked shots with 200. He ranks third all-time at the school in rebounding (942), and he is eighth on the career scoring list (1,580). Carmichael landed a spot on the 2013 Valley-Tournament team after averaging a team-best 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks during Illinois State’s two games. He was selected as an All-Valley First Team member as a senior and Second Team member as a junior, and he was named to the 2013 Lou Henson All-America Team as a senior—comprised of the top mid-major players in the nation. Carmichael not only blocked 68 shots as a senior, but he also added 32 steals.

D.J. Stephens – Forward/Guard – Memphis

D.J. Stephens (Ht. 6-5, Wt. 188) helped Memphis to a .721 winning percentage in his three seasons with the Tigers, including 25 or more wins in three of his four years (106-34 overall). Little used in his first three years with the Tigers, Stephens became a pivotal player in his final year, averaging 7.6 points and shot 62.9 percent from the field as a senior. Stephens is likely best known for his athletic ability, particularly his flashy dunks. He registered a 46-inch vertical at the NBA’s Draft workouts in New Jersey last week. Stephens hails from Harker Heights High School in Texas, where he averaged 16.3 points as a senior . He was named to the Texas 12-5A All-District First Team that year.

Rodney Williams, Jr. – Forward – Minnesota

Rodney Williams, Jr. (Ht. 6-7, Wt. 200) is a homegrown prospect who had a standout career at Robbinsdale Cooper High School before deciding to play for the University of Minnesota. During his four years with the Gophers, Williams showed is athleticism at the small forward position with his quickness and leaping ability. He finished his senior year with the Gophers averaging 10.1 points and adding 5.0 rebounds as Minnesota won its first NCAA tournament game under coach Tubby Smith. As a junior, Williams put up his best statistical collegiate numbers with 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per night while shooting 56.4 percent from the field. He scored 1,145 points during his four years with the Gophers and is 26th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Wednesday, May 29

Group 2:

Elston Turner, Jr. – Guard – Texas A&M

The son of the longtime NBA assistant coach, Elston Turner, Jr. (Ht. 6-5, Wt. 212) made a name for himself with his standout play at Texas A&M over the past two years. He was named to the All-SEC First Team in 2013 after being named Honorable Mention in 2012, thanks in large part to his emergence as one of the top scorers in the country. He averaged 17.5 points per game as a senior, ranked fourth in the SEC with a 36.1 3-point percentage and ended his two years in College Station with an entrance into the school’s 1,000 points club (1,003). He redshirted the 2010-11 season after transferring from Washington, where he spent the first two years of his college career. Perhaps his most eye-opening achievement came on Jan. 12, 2013, when he scored 40 points against Kentucky at Rupp Arena—not only registering one of the greatest single-game scoring performances in Aggies history but also becoming one of three players in history (Chris Jackson of LSU and David Robinson of Navy) to score 40 points against Kentucky on their home court.

B.J. Young – Guard – Arkansas

B.J. Young (Ht. 6-3, Wt. 180) enters NBA Draft workouts after his sophomore season at Arkansas, where he scored 15.2 points and added 3.4 assists in his final year with the Razorbacks. Young shot 44.9 percent from the field as a sophomore and led the team in scoring. He became nationally known for a prominent freshman year in which he averaged 15.3 points per game while earning spots on the All-SEC Second team and All-Freshman team by league coaches. As a freshman, he led the Razorbacks in scoring, points, field goal percentage and free throws made and attempted. Young showcased his athletic ability early on during his high school days in St. Louis, where he was named Athlete of the Year, MVP and all-tournament and all-state as a senior at McCluer North High School.

Alex Oriakhi – Forward – Missouri

Alex Oriakhi (Ht. 6-9, Wt. 255) was a starter on the University of Connecticut’s national championship team in 2010-11 and spent three years with the Huskies before transferring to Missouri for his senior year. During that national title run, he averaged 7.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in the tournament and registered his 11th double-double in the NCAA championship game against Butler. In his one year at Missouri, at which he received immediate eligibility and did not redshirt, Oriakhi had a standout year across the board. He shot a career-best 63.9 percent from the field, hit 74.6 percent of his free throws and registered 11.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He scored 16 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line in his final collegiate game, an 84-72 loss to Colorado State in the NCAA tournament.

James Southerland – Forward – Syracuse

James Southerland (Ht. 6-8, Wt. 210) is a sweet-shooting wing player who helped the Orange make a run to the Final Four as a senior. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game as a senior, including a 45.0 shooting percentage from the field and 39.8 percent from 3-point range. He made a large jump in productivity from his junior to senior year, as he raised his minutes by more 13.5 per game and added more than six points per game from Year 3 to Year 4. Southerland was the third leading scorer for the Orange as a senior. His primary strength offensively is his jump shot.

Elias Harris – Forward – Gonzaga

Elias Harris (Ht. 6-8, Wt. 239) is a native of Germany who spent three years playing for Gonzaga. He wrapped up his career as the Zags’ fourth leading scorer with 1,857 points, trailing only Frank Burgess, Jim McPhee and Adam Morrison. He also finished second on the school’s all-time rebounding list with 979. He’s never shot less than 50 percent from the field in his collegiate career. He was selected to the All-West Coast Conference team as a freshman, junior and senior, and he was listed Honorable Mention during his sophomore year. He was named WCC Newcomer of the Year during his freshman year. Harris was born and raised in Germany but has dual American and German citizenship.

Jamelle Hagins – Forward – Delaware

Jamelle Hagins (Ht. 6-9, Wt. 235) was a two-year captain for Delaware during his four years in school. He was a four-year letter-winner who averaged 11.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game as a senior. That followed up a junior year in which he averaged 12.4 points and 11.1 boards. He’s shot 54.7 percent from the field over his past two years while also increasing his free throw percentage every year—he shot 74.4 percent from the line as a senior. Hagins racked up 3.0 blocks per game as a sophomore and junior while registering 2.4 blocks per game as a senior. He is the Blue Hens’ all-time leading rebounder, and he was the first player in Delaware history to be named to the CAA All-Tournament First Team, which he achieved as a senior.


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