By Gene Wang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 4, 2010; D08
The Washington Wizards continued to evaluate NBA hopefuls on Thursday during a fourth straight day of workouts at Verizon Center, and several second-tier forwards were among those who participated in the approximately hour-long session on the auxiliary court.
With the Wizards expected to select point guard John Wall at No. 1 overall to join Gilbert Arenas in the back court, the team figures to perhaps fortify the front line with its other two picks, at 30th and 35th overall. That could be good news for either Quincy Pondexter or Stanley Robinson, the two highest-rated small forwards who worked out for Washington as a part of a six-player group Coach Flip Saunders called the best this week.
Pondexter, a first-team all-Pacific 10 selection from the University of Washington, is a projected late first-rounder and probably will be gone by the time the Wizards make their second pick. The way Pondexter sees it though, mock drafts predicting where he'll be taken are not exactly reliable.
"Those mock drafts are inaccurate sometimes, you know," said Pondexter, who is 6 feet 6 and averaged 19.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior. "From the NFL draft to the NBA draft, you could look at those mock drafts, print them out, and on the day of the draft they are completely different. I would love to play for the Wizards. It would be a great dream come true, but at the same time, who knows what's going to happen."
A more likely scenario would be acquiring the 6-9 Robinson at No. 35, where the Wizards would be adding one of the most dynamic finishers in the country. Robinson averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds, both career highs, during his senior season with Connecticut, but he's perhaps best known for acrobatic dunks.
One of his most memorable came against Georgetown at Verizon Center on Jan. 9, when he ran in along the left wing to grab a rebound off a missed shot and dunked it with two hands. A week earlier, Robinson got in the lane after a missed foul shot against Notre Dame and put it back one-handed.
Robinson is also a skilled offensive rebounder, an area in which the Wizards have been lacking since they dealt center Brendan Haywood, among others, to Dallas as part of a trade deadline purge.
"I'm just aggressive, I'm hungry, and I'm just dedicated to winning," said Robinson, who was able to distinguish himself despite the Huskies' NIT season, "and I'll do whatever the coach tells me to do."
Robinson and Pondexter are somewhat distinctive in this year's NBA draft, which has an abundance of players who did not play four years of college. One of those who declared early was DePaul 6-10 forward-center Mac Koshwal, who also worked out for Washington on Thursday. Guard Jermaine Beal (Vanderbilt), forward Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) and guard Ricky Harris (Massachusetts) were the other three players who worked out for the team.