Reporting Frank Hanrahan
With the NBA Draft fast approaching, the Washington Wizards are starting to get up close and personal with players that they could select with their two first round picks. They currently hold the sixth and #18 overall selections. The Wizards coaching staff worked out six players at Verizon Center Wednesday morning, including two Top 10 possibilities in Texas forward Tristan Thompson and Colorado guard Alec Burks.
The 6′-8″ Thompson played just one season at Texas, averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds, and he felt he was ready for the rigors of the NBA.
“It is my dream to become a professional athlete and you know it doesn’t come around too often and nothing is guaranteed the next year,” Thompson said. “I had the opportunity and I took it.”
At 6′-6″, Burks is an intriguing prospect, who can play either point or shooting guard. He averaged 20 points a game at Colorado. What is he trying to show at these workouts?
“Just my explosiveness, my athleticism and my versatility, that’s what teams love about me,” Burks said.
The Wizards also hold the 18th overall pick in the first round and they could scoop up a player like JaJuan Johnson, the Big Ten Player of the Year out of Purdue.
“It has been my goal to be drafted in the first round and I think it’s possible, and I just got to keep working hard,” Johnson said.