The day after the NBA draft the Washington Bullets started trying to fill their roster for rookie camp by bringing in 6-foot-10, 240-pound Hansi Gnad for a workout yesterday. Gnad, a former third-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers, has spent the last couple of seasons in West Germany playing for Steineb Bayreuth, a semipro team.

Gnad is a John Nash special. The Bullets' general manager drafted him 57th overall in 1987 while with Philadelphia, but Gnad was plucked off that roster by the Miami Heat in the expansion draft. Guaranteed money in West Germany, however, was too good to pass up. Last season he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds for Bayreuth.

"From what we were able to do today, he seems to be a good athlete," Bullets Coach Wes Unseld said. "He has a good body. I don't know what {weight} he was before but he says he's put on some muscle. John asked me if we could bring him in and take a look at him."

Another potential upside to Gnad is that he's played basketball only the last few years. He was a swimmer before breaking the scoring and rebounding records at Division II Alaska-Anchorage, where he was a first-team all-American his senior season. He averaged 17.5 points and 12.2 rebounds that year.

As a free agent, Gnad has other options, so it's not a certainty he'll take a chance with Washington. The Bullets' two second-round picks, Texas-El Paso center Greg Foster and Virginia Union guard A.J. English, should be around for the start of rookie camp on July 16.

Foster teamed with forward Antonio Davis -- drafted 45th in Tuesday's draft, by Indiana -- for the Miners. They played together in high school in Oakland, along with a guard who wanted to go to UTEP, but couldn't because the school had no more scholarships. Gary Payton settled for Oregon State, and Tuesday was the second pick overall in the draft.

Foster might be a better scorer facing the basket than in the low post, and though he's a physical player, he could improve his rebounding skills. That said, he may give Washington a dimension it hasn't had of late: a fluid, mobile big man who could impact the Bullets' pass-oriented half-court offense.

He talked with a few teams that could have taken him -- the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio, Golden State -- and said yesterday by telephone that his draft status "was really up in the air. I was kind of confused by the situation -- where I was going -- but the situation I'm in now is fine with me."

If there's one question about Foster, it may stem from the tough times he had in two years at UCLA. He was a high school all-American, so expectations were high when he joined the Bruins in 1986. But those were still dark days for UCLA, and in the turmoil Foster may have gotten lost. And his mother died then. He averaged just 3.3 and 8.5 points in one-plus seasons before transferring to UTEP.

"He fights with himself," UTEP assistant Greg Lackey said. "A lot of that has to do with {being} highly recruited like that. You go to UCLA and everyone tells you how successful you're going to be, and you have a little failure and it's hard to deal with. . . . El Paso's not L.A. The lights aren't as bright. He fit in a little better here than in L.A. And you've got to remember, he was 18 then. He's done a lot of growing up since."

"I felt I wasn't developing properly," Foster said. "I felt I needed some direction with the fundamental things, instead of just being thrown out there and told to play. I think I learned to work harder at UTEP."

Foster played solidly if not spectacularly for the Miners, averaging 10.8 points as a senior. In January he got a letter from Lakers General Manager Jerry West, who had scouted UCLA and UTEP. West told him that he had noticed improvement in Foster's demeanor over the years.

"It was a confidence-builder," Foster said.

After a slow start, UTEP came on, won its conference tournament and made the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year. It was all the more impressive considering the Miners' longtime coach, Don Haskins, missed most of the season with acute laryngitis. In the postseason camps Foster came on, improving his draft position.

That was the same spot English was in, though scouts knew all about him from his bulging 33.4 scoring average at Virginia Union his senior season. After three postseason all-star games, his status was solidified, and Monday afternoon he was playing in a three-on-three game for the Lakers in Los Angeles.

But some teams did pass on him. The 76ers liked the fact that Georgia Tech's Brian Oliver had played both guard spots in college. English said Tuesday that he hadn't played point guard extensively since early in his sophomore season. Atlanta General Manager Pete Babcock said the Hawks were looking for defense, which is why they took UCLA forward Trevor Wilson, who can't shoot a lick, rather than the smooth English just before Washington picked.

"We talked about {English} pretty extensively," Babcock said. "There were two areas we needed to add to the team. One was perimeter shooting, the other was defensive intensity. We were not a good defensive team last year; in fact, we were last. The way Bob {Weiss, Atlanta's new coach} wants to play, we've got to play better defense to create turnovers and get some easy shots."