Wizards to begin draft workouts next week

Let’s get it started. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

After attending the NBA draft combine in Chicago and pre-draft workouts in New Jersey and Minneapolis, the Wizards will finally get around to hosting and examining draft prospects next week at Verizon Center.

The Wizards have three draft picks in the June 27 NBA draft at Barclays Center – Nos. 3, 38 and 54 – but they use the first week of workouts to focus on the players who might be available to them in the second round. Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld has already stated that it’s “not likely” that the team adds three rookies to the roster next season, but still intends to get a decent look at the talent that will likely be available.

With two second-round picks, the Wizards will have to take a number of players into consideration and they will have about 15 to 20 players come for the first round of workouts. The candidates for the No. 3 pick – Georgetown forward Otto Porter, Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo, Kansas guard Ben McLemore and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, among others – will likely visit in the second or third week in June.

On Monday, the Wizards will have Illinois State 6-foot-4 senior guard Tyler Brown (18.1 points, 4.4 rebouds), Creighton 6-9 senior forward Gregory Echenique (9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds), East Carolina 6-1 senior guard Miguel Paul (13.3 points, 7.2 assists) and Elizabeth City State 6-4 senior guard Angelo Sharpless (20.5 points, 8.8 rebounds).

Throughout the week, the Wizards will also have Louisville 6-1 senior point guard Peyton Siva (10 points, 5.7 assists), Bucknell 6-11 senior center Mike Muscala (18.9 points, 11.3 rebounds), Indiana senior forward Christian Watford (12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds), Kentucky freshman point 6-1 guard Archie Goodwin (14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds), Memphis 6-7 sophomore guard Adonis Thomas (11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds), Oklahoma 6-8 senior forward Romero Osby (16 points, seven rebounds), Iowa State 6-7 senior forward Will Clyburn (14.9 points, 6.8 rebounds), Temple 6-4 guard Khalif Wyatt (20.5 points, four assists), Syracuse senior forward James Southerland (13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds), Butler 6-0 senior guard Rotnei Clarke (16.9 points, 2.7 assists) and Wichita State 7-0 senior center Ehimen Orukpe (2.6 points, 4.4 rebounds).

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Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.



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