Wizards Host First Batch Of Pre-Draft Workouts
The Washington Wizards held the first of several pre-draft workouts at Verizon Center yesterday morning. The team hosted center C.J. Giles (Oregon State), guard Lester Hudson (Tennessee-Martin), forward Darnell Jackson (Kansas), guard Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga), forward-center Marreese Speights (Florida) and forward Jason Thompson (Rider).
The Wizards hold the 18th and 47th picks in the June 26 draft. Thompson and Speights have been projected as late first-round picks, while Hudson, an early-entry candidate who averaged 25.7 points per game as a junior last season, is considered a strong second-round candidate.
Today, the team will have workouts for six more prospects: forward-center Frank Elegar (Drexel), forward-center Jeff Ferguson (Wayne State), guard Stefhon Hannah (Missouri), forward Michael Lee (St. Bonaventure) forward Quan Powell (Auburn) and guard Jason Rich (Florida State).
Workouts will continue Monday, when guard Ty Lawson (North Carolina) and forward D.J. White (Indiana) are scheduled to visit, along with four other prospects.
In other news, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, who attended yesterday's workouts, issued a statement on forward Andray Blatche, who was arrested Wednesday in south-central Virginia and charged with driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
It was the third time Blatche has been charged with driving with a suspended license and came nearly one year after he was arrested for solicitation. Blatche, 21, has been arrested three times since the Wizards selected him in the second round of the 2005 draft.
"We are obviously disappointed in Andray's actions and expect him to use better judgment, especially in light of his past incidents," Grunfeld said in a statement released by the team. "However, we will handle this matter internally and will have no further comment."
-- Ivan Carter