A kid can dream, right? After working out for the team located just a few blocks from his college campus, George Washington junior Pops Mensah-Bonsu was hoping he can take his high-wire act from Foggy Bottom to MCI Center. The Washington Wizards worked out five players yesterday, including Mensah-Bonsu, Duke junior Shavlik Randolph, Iowa State senior Jared Homan, Drago Pasalic of Split (Croatia) and Division II player of the year Lee Cook of Bowie State.
The Wizards don't have a first-round pick in the June 28 draft, having traded their first-round pick in exchange for Brendan Haywood four years ago. But they are looking at players who could be around for No. 49, when they will make their only selection. "I just loved watching [the Wizards] play throughout the year and I definitely feel like I can help them," Mensah-Bonsu said. "I could just see myself playing with them one day."
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Mensah-Bonsu averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds last season for the Colonials. Mensah-Bonsu hasn't signed with an agent, giving him an opportunity to pull out on June 21 and return to college. He has also worked out for Phoenix, Seattle, Detroit and New York and will participate in the Chicago pre-draft camp from June 7-10. NBA executives cannot speak publicly about underclassmen who have yet to fully declare. Mensah-Bonsu is considered a possible late second-round pick, but didn't want to speculate about his chances of returning to GW. "It's up in the air. It depends on how I do in Chicago," he said.
-- Michael Lee