Georgia Tech's Young Works Out for Wizards

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Thaddeus Young, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward who played only one season at Georgia Tech, looked comfortable after his workout for the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center yesterday morning.

Young, who has worked out for 11 teams, has been projected to be selected as high as 13th in the first round of Thursday's NBA draft. The Wizards hold the 16th and 47th picks, and Young is one of several prospects who could be available when the team makes its first-round selection.

"I'm just not trying to worry too much about it because I have no control over what happens," said Young, a former McDonald's all-American who averaged 14.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 31 games with the Yellow Jackets.

"I think I've shown teams what I can do throughout this workout process, so now I guess it just comes down to what they're looking for in a player."

Also participating in yesterday's workouts were guard-forward Cartier Martin (Kansas State), center Shagari Alleyne (Manhattan), guard Keith Simmons (Holy Cross) and forward Kyle Visser (Wake Forest).

Today, the Wizards will conduct their final round of workouts with guard Gabe Pruitt (USC), guard Dontaye Draper (College of Charleston) and forward Marcus Williams (Arizona). . . .

Mark Bartelstein, the agent who represents Wizards shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson, confirmed yesterday that Stevenson will opt out of the final year of his contract at the end of the month.

Stevenson was scheduled to earn just more than $1 million in the second year of the two-year contract he signed with the team last summer. The free agency period opens July 1. . . .

Former George Washington star Mike Hall, who appeared in two games with the Wizards last season and is a free agent, has been invited to play on the Wizards' summer league team.

-- Ivan Carter

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