After working out in Charlotte last Thursday, Robinson was under the impression that he would end up with the Bobcats at No. 2. Now, he’s not so sure, with rumors swirling that the Bobcats are seeking to acquire more assets in the draft. “It’s getting to the point where your agent is confused,” Robinson said. “If they’re confused, just imagine how I feel.”
The Wizards have received calls in recent days from teams interested in moving up to draft Robinson, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation, but the team appears set on owner Ted Leonsis’s request to hold on to the draft choice.
Kentucky forward Anthony Davis led a group of top prospects in New York the day before the NBA draft. Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, who lost his mother and grandparents while in college, could be picked anywhere in the top five.
Barnes considers himself to be a small forward but said he would be willing to play shooting guard, if necessary, for the Wizards. Even with the recent addition of Ariza, Barnes believes the two of them could play together.
“I guess it’s all based on a coach’s philosophy,” said Barnes, who believes his time under the microscope at North Carolina has prepared him for NBA. “I’m pretty much entering at the bottom end of the totem pole and I have to work my way up and keep my head down. You have to be very humble. Wherever I end up, I’ll be happy.”
Barnes said this time is more relaxing than what he faced when selecting a college. When asked if he felt any anxiety about possibly getting traded on draft night, Barnes smiled and responded, “I haven’t bought any houses yet, so I don’t mind switching hats.”
Kidd-Gilchrist, a New Jersey native who played high school basketball a few miles from Prudential Center, will have about 100 friends and family in attendance to watch him shake hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern. But he admitted that not having control over where he winds up has been stressful.
“It’s a hard feeling for me, because my high school, I got to pick. College, I got to pick. I don’t know where I’m going to go and I want to know, like now,” said Kidd-Gilchrist, who turns 19 in September. “I have no clue, but anywhere is cool with me. I don’t really know what’s going to happen [Thursday] night, but I’m going to get drafted.”