Hornets Open Draft Workouts with 6 in on June 3
Gray, Newbill, O'Brien, Robinson, Sinclair and Turner Take Part
In preparation for the 2015 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets held their first draft workout on Wednesday, June 3 with center Kendall Gray (Delaware State), forward JJ O’Brien (San Diego State) and guards D.J. Newbill (Penn State), Antonio Robinson (East Carolina), James Sinclair (Western Carolina) and Ralston Turner (North Carolina State) in to showcase their skills in front of the Hornets basketball operations staff.
Kendall Gray was named MEAC Player-Of-The-Year and Defensive Player-Of-The-Year after averaging 11.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for Deleware State. He ranked no. 1 among all NCAA Division I players in rebounding and defensive rebounds (8.8 defensive rebounds per game). He tallied career-highs of 33 points (12-for-13 FGs) and 30 rebounds vs. Coppin State in regular season finale (Mar. 5) becoming first player to do so since 2000.
JJ O’Brien played three seasons and started 104 of 105 games at San Diego State and guided the Aztecs to three-straight NCAA appearances and a pair of Mountain West titles. He scored in double figures 40 times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds eight times, had six double-doubles and led the team in scoring 12 times, rebounding 19 times. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals and was named All-MW first team and all-defensive team by the league’s head coaches. He was also named to MW all-tournament team.
D.J. Newbill finished fourth in career scoring at Penn State (1,812 points), having played just three seasons with the program. He ranked second on single-season scoring charts, after becoming just the second PSU player in history to pass 700 points in a single season after averaging 20.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. His 20.7-point average was tops among players in the Big Ten and 8th in NCAA Division I (first among Power 5 conference schools).
Antonio Robinson played in 67 games during his two years at East Carolina, starting 56 of his last 57 games, and averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. He also finished his career with 213 assists, 14th-most at ECU, while averaging 3.2 assists – the ninth-highest career average in program history. Robinson started all 33 games at point guard and led The American with a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio and was the only starting point guard in the league with more steals (55) than turnovers (52).
James Sinclair played four seasons at Western Carolina and closed his collegiate career strong, appearing in 31 games, with 31 starts while averaging 19.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists while playing an average of 38.1 minutes. He earned first team All-State, NABC all district honors, and all tournament first team recognition after finishing the season with 1,302 points.
Ralston Turner averaged 11.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 72 games at NC State. He made 171 3-pointers at NCSU in just two years, ranking ninth in Wolfpack history - that total was also the most by an ACC player of that two-year span. In 2014-15, he was the only player on the team to start all 36 games and averaged 12.8 points in 31.6 minutes and ranked second in the ACC in 3-pointers made (2.61)