If he had his druthers, Beasley said he would prefer to play for the Washington Wizards, the NBA team closest to his hometown of Frederick, Md. But there appears to be no way he will last long enough for the Wizards to take him with their 18th pick in the first round.
Hibbert, who is the most experienced center in a draft deep at that position, declined an invitation to work out for the Wizards because his agent felt that he is a lock to go higher than 18th. Grunfeld said that would not prevent the Wizards from taking him.
Even if you are just looking for a solid contributor in the second round, you have your work cut out for you. Five years after the draft, second rounders are more likely to be sitting at home watching basketball on television than to be contributing to an NBA team: 30% of second rounders never played in an NBA game, while 68% are out of the league within five years.
The Wizards will continue their pre-draft workouts today at Verizon Center. The Wizards will be bringing in the following six players.
# Alexis Ajinca - France
# Stanley Burrell - Xavier
# J.J. Hickson - NC State
# Walter Sharpe - UAB
# Darian Townes - Arkansas
# Jonathan Wallace - Georgetown
The players that will workout today today have changed. The six players now include Darnell Harris from La Salle, Robert Dozier from Memphis, Brad Byerson from Virginia Union, Luc Louves from France, Bambale Osby from Maryland and Gerald Brown from Loyola.
I've been able to obtain a list of Thursday's workout guys. Right now it includes C.J. Giles, a center from Oregon State; Lester Hudson, a shooting guard from Tennessee-Martin; Darnell Jackson, a forward from Kansas; Jeremy Pargo, a guard from Gonzaga; Marreese Speights, a center from Florida and Jason Thompson, a forward from Rider.