The Wizards have yet to start bringing in prospects for workouts ahead of the June 26 draft. That will change soon enough as Washington attempts to gather data in preparation for its second round selection. While the presence or absence of any player often has little to no bearing on what the Wizards will do in the draft, there are names to keep an eye on as the workouts begin.
Today we start with the point guards. For the most part we'll only focus on potential second round options:
Deonte Burton, 6-foot-1, Nevada, senior: Averaged 20.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season. From DraftExpress: " Burton has average size at 6-1, but makes up for that and then some with a strong 190 pound frame, a long 6-6 wingspan, and arguably the best athleticism of any point guard in this [senior] class, as he sports a lighting quick first step and extremely impressive leaping ability jumping off two feet."
Russ Smith, 6-foot-1, Louisville, senior: "Russdiculous" averaged 18.2 points and 4.6 assists for the Cardinals last season after helping lead the Cardinals to the 2013 National Championship. For some mental context, think Lance Stephenson, the good and the throw-things-at-your-TV bad. Ultimately the Wizards might want a more stable presence backing up John Wall, but Smith's upside cannot be denied. If he can ever be controlled, that is.
Jahii Carson, 5-foot-11, Arizona State, sophomore: Averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 assists. Carson offsets his lack of size with athleticism, blinding speed and decent 3-point touch (39.1 percent last season). Unlike Smith, he's a true point guard, as much an anyone is a true point guard these days. Though he led ASU to the NCAA Tournament, his game-to-game performance was anything but consistent.
Vasilije Micic, 6-foot-4, Serbia: The 20-year-old is the highest rated international point guard in round two according to Draft Express. Averaged 12. 4 points and 5.8 assists in the Adriatic League. We know the Wizards are cool with stashing foreign point guards overseas. Washington might need to replenish that shelf if 2012 second-rounder Tomas Satoransky makes his way stateside this season.
Markel Starks, 6-foot-2, Georgetown, senior: The Hoyas second-leading scorer last season reportedly kicked off his draft workout process with a strong performance at the Portsmouth Invitational. That effort moved him onto Draft Express' list of the top 100 overall prospects. Last season the fiery Starks averaged 17.3 points, led Georgetown with 4.1 assists and guarded the top opposing backcourt threat most games.