Wizards take a look at possible 2nd rounders
If the Wizards plan on using their early second round pick for the purposes of adding an offensively capable big man with stretch-four potential, their target could be one of the players scheduled to work out for the team on Friday.
Bucknell center Mike Muscala headlines Washington's fifth draft workout session, another filled with potential second round selections or those hoping to earn a summer league or training camp invitation.
J. Michael caught up with the 6-foot-11 Muscala last month at the NBA Combine, wrote about one of the most skilled bigs in the draft and will likely do so again on Friday. Here is a look at the other prospects expected at the Verizon Center including a fascinating DIII center, along with our updated draft tacker listing all the players that have worked out in Washington this week.
* C.J. Aiken (C, St. Joseph's, 6-9): The athletic shot blocker averaged 2.6 swats a game as a junior, which was actually down from the 3.5 blocks he generated per games as a freshman and sophomore. Averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds for a St. Joes team that underachieved. Needs to bulk up and improve his mid-range shot.
* Junior Cadougan (G, Marquette, 6-1): More facilitator than scorer, Vander Blue's backcourt partner averaged a career-best 8.5 points as a senior with 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals. Enters the pro ranks with significant overall and big game experience after helping the Golden Eagles reach the Elite Eight, but lacks NBA-level quickness or perimeter touch (22.6 percent on 3-pointers last season)
* Ella Ellis (F, Army, 6-6): Finished only behind Patriot League scoring leader with 17.7 points. while shooting 41.9 percent from 3-point range.
* Lamont "Momo" Jones (G, Iona, 6-0): One of the most explosive scorers in college basketball season, the former Arizona Wildcat finished third nationally with 22.6 points. The slithery Jones consistently sliced and diced defenders off the dribble, making up for his suspect outside shooting. Hardly an efficient player at Iona - averaged 3.4 assists and turnovers - though he was tasked with carrying the offense.
* A.J. Matthews (F, Farmingdale State, 7-0): Academic issues kept Matthews of the Division 1 stage even though he had the skill set to play on that level. Among the issues, not actually taking the SAT. Apparently it wasn't until late in his senior year of High School that Matthews even considered playing in college, which is when programs like St. John's and Rutgers reportedly show any interest. Earned Division III first-team All-American honors as a junior after averaging 22.4 points and 16.3 rebounds as a junior. Total wildcard because, well, you can't coach height, though DraftExpress.com isn't a fan (check the tweets).
We have started a running tally of those that have already had their day in front of the Wizards decision makers along with links to CSNwashington stories about the prospects. Check back for updates and of course more draft coverage as we report, debate and ponder what the Wizards might at No. 3 or with their two second-round picks.
Malcolm Armstead (G, Wichita State, 6-0)
Keion Bell ( G, Missouri 6-4)
Laurence Bowers (F, Missouri 6-8)
Tyler Brown (G, Illinois St, 6-4)
Rotnei Clarke (G, Butler, 6-0)
Demetrius Conger (F, St. Bonaventure, 6-6)
Will Clyburn (G, Iowa State, 6-7)
Gregory Echenique (C, Creighton, 6-9)
Ramon Galloway (G, LaSalle, 6-3)
Jamelle Hagins (F, Delaware, 6-9)
Elijah Johnson (G, Kansas, 6-4)
Nick Minnerath (F, Detroit, 6-9)
Ehimen Orukpe (C, Wichita State, 7-0)
Romero Osby (F, Oklahoma, 6-8)
Miguel Paul (G, East Carolina, 6-1)
D.J. Seeley ( G, Cal State Fullerton, 6-4)
Angelo Sharpless (G, 6-4, Elizabeth City
Peyton Siva (G, Louisville, 6-0)
James Southerland ( F, Syracuse, 6-8)
Adonis Thomas (F, Memphis, 6-7)
DeShaun Thomas (F, Ohio State, 6-7)
Christian Watford (F, Indiana, 6-9)
Tray Woodall (G, Pittsburgh, 6-0)
Khalif Wyatt (G, Temple 6-4)