Hagins strengthens resolve in DC workout

Hagins strengthens resolve in DC workout
June 4, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The uphill climb continues on the second day of individual workouts hosted by the Wizards on Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Jamelle Hagins, a 6-9 forward from Delaware, headed a group of six that included forward Romero Osby (Oklahoma), guard Ramon Galloway (LaSalle), guard Tray Woodall (Pittsburgh), guard Malcolm Armstead (Wichita State) and forward Demetrius Conger (St. Bonaventure).

None was invited by the NBA to the pre-draft combine in Chicago last month and most, if not all, will go undrafted June 27.

Still, Hagins has hope. Along with Osby, he stands out in this second group of six invitees for the Wizards, who are expected to have higher-profile players such as Louisville's Peyton Siva in as early as Wednesday.

"They gave me a lot of pointers on stuff I was doing wrong, stuff I could fix while I was working out," said Hagins, who averaged 11.6 points and 10.7 rebounds last season, after the workout.

Hagins is from Roanoke, Va., and being from a small school that's not noted for basketball makes getting recognized difficult. But it has its other advantages.

"It's a lot of pressure off my shoulders. Big (name) guys come in, they worry about getting shown up by a guy like me," said Hagins, who has a 7-1 wingspan that allowed him to average almost three blocks per game in his last three years at Delaware.

Also potentially working against him, Hagins played for a 19-win team in Delaware that should've been much better and he didn't always perform well against competition from the major conferences, all of which made the NCAA tournament:

  •         In an 88-50 loss to Duke, only had six points, six rebounds and four turnovers
  •         In a 75-65 loss to Villanova, produced 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists
  •         In an 85-59 loss to Pittsburgh, only contributed four points and seven rebounds
  •         In a 80-75 loss to Temple, shined with 29 points and 12 rebounds

"I think I played well in those games. As a team, we didn't play together as well as we should've," Hagins said. "I don't think it will hurt me at all."

Where he believes he has to get better is by adding strength to his 230-pound frame to handle the physical, 82-game season to make it in the NBA. Hagins excels on defense.

"The guys in the league are a lot bigger and a lot stronger. It's going to be a big summer for me in the weight room," Hagins said. "Once I get a lot stronger, I can play defense like I had in college."