Damian Lillard Highlights Class of Local Draft Prospects

Tuesday, June 19 (11:13 a.m.)
Submitted By Warriors.com


Earlier in the pre-draft process, we mentioned how there were several prospects in this year’s draft class with local ties. Several of those prospects have participated in pre-draft workouts with the Warriors, and now Weber State guard Damian Lillard can be added to that list. The Oakland High School graduate was the first player to have an individual workout with the Warriors this year, and afterward he spoke to local reporters.


Lillard has come a long way in his development. From a lightly recruited high school star to a possible ton-10 pick in next Thursday’s NBA Draft, the 6-foot-3 guard is a two-time Big Sky Conference MVP who ranked second in the country in scoring last season (24.5 ppg). There’s little doubt that Lillard will be the first Bay Area prospect selected in the draft, as he is currently the second ranked point guard on Dennis Aldridge’s Big Board on NBA.com – behind North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall, although most Mock Drafts have Lillard going before Marshall.

Whereas there’s no question that Lillard will be a first round draft selection, Stanford big man Josh Owens is hoping that he’ll simply be picked with any of the 60 draft selections. A career .572 shooter, Owens had a standout senior season on the farm and was an All-Pac-12 Second Team selection after averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. Owens then strung together some solid performances in the postseason, scoring 15 points three times during the Cardinal’s NIT championship run. Warriors TV’s R.C. Davis caught up with the 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward/center after his pre-draft workout with the Warriors earlier this month.