Grunfeld, Wittman very happy to take Porter
Otto Porter and Jan Vesely are among those on the Wizards summer mini-camp squad, the team announced on Wednesday, along with an assortment of current players, rookies, and basketball vagabonds. The Wizards will practice July 8-11 at the Verizon Center before taking a squad to Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League.
- Porter and second rounder Glen Rice will receive their first taste of professional basketball, even if it's in a lower pressure environment. Bradley Beal flashed versions of his future high-scoring self during his summer league run last year in between getting out some of the nerves and kinks.
- Vesely and Chris Singleton are the only two members from the 2012-13 Wizards participating with Bradley Beal unlikely. Both played in last year's summer league to mixed results. While their fate will not rest solely on the five or so games in Vegas, the Wizards figure to be contemplating changes with their young front court options, a group that also includes Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. Speaking of Booker...
- His brother Devin, a 6-foot-8 forward is on the roster. The younger Booker averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Tigers last season.
- Players with NBA experience include point guard Sundiata Gaines, power forward/Baltimore native Josh Boone and former NC State forward Dennis Horner. Gaines, who has played 113 NBA games, most recently with the Nets in 2011-12, is a long shot to stick with the Wizards long-term, but his experience will help the offense stay on course. That's crucial for Porter and Rice, not to mention Vesely and Singleton.
- Boone, a former UConn star and first round pick by the Nets in 2006, averaged 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds during four NBA seasons, the last one coming in 2010. The 6-foot-9 Horner played eight games for the Nets during the 2011-12 season.
- Not on the the roster, 2012 second-round pick Tomas Satoransky. Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said recently that contractual issues could keep the lengthy point guard not only off the summer league team but away from the NBA next season.
- Other than Porter, the only other players coming straight out of college are Booker and Dayton point guard Kevin Dillard. The Wizards' summer league plan includes bringing an experienced roster to Las Vegas rather than babysitting scores of undrafted rookies. Dillard averaged 15.3 points and 4.5 assists as a senior while shooting 89 percent from the free throw line and 40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Wizards 2013 Summer Mini-Camp roster
Devin Booker, F, 6-8, 250 lbs, 22, Clemson, rookie
Josh Boone, C, 6-10, 237, 28, Iowa Energy/UConn, 4 years
Kevin Dillard, G, 6-0, 182 lbs, 23, Dayton, rookie
Sundiata Gaines, G, 6-1, 200 lbs, 27, Fujian Xunxing (China), 4 years
Frank Hassell, F, 6-8, 235 lbs, 24, Hapoel Holon (Israel)/Old Dominion, rookie
Marquez Haynes, G, 6-3, 185 lbs, 26, Art Dragons (Germany)/Texas-Arlington, rookie
Dennis Horner, F, 6-9, 230 lbs, 25, Springfield Armor/ North Carolina St, 1 year
Otto Porter, F, 6-9, 205 lbs, 20, Georgetown, rookie
Glen Rice, Jr., G, 6-6, 215 lbs, 22, Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Georgia Tech, rookie
Chris Singleton, F, 6-9, 235 lbs, 23, Washington Wizards, 2 years
Ryan Thompson, G, 6-6, 220 lbs, 25, Aalstar (Belgium)/Rider, rookie
Jan Vesely, F, 6-11, 240 lbs, 23, Washington Wizards, 2 years
Zack Wright, G, 6-2, 190 lbs, 27, Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia)/Central Missouri rookie