The Wizards are hosting the first round of pre-draft workouts on Tuesday and it features a few names that local college fans may know.
- Melo Trimble - Maryland
- Daniel Dixon - William & Mary
- Jamel Artis - Pittsburgh
- James Blackmon - Indiana
- D.J. Fenner - Nevada
- Monte Morris - Iowa State
The headliner in terms of local prestige will be Melo Trimble. He made a name for himself with his play at Maryland, however, it doesn’t appear likely he’ll be an immediate draft candidate. Trimble is currently 92nd on the DraftExpress’ Top 100 Rankings. Then again, Daniel Ochefu wasn’t on the Top 100 list at all and still managed to find a way to make an NBA roster this season.
The other local name is Daniel Dixon, who played at William & Mary and hit a number of clutch shots for the Tribe over the years:
Like Trimble, he doesn’t rank high on most draft ranking boards, but he brings some interesting tools to the table and could be an interesting addition for Summer League or training camp.
The real headliner in terms of being a potential draft candidate is Monte Morris. He’s currently 66th in the DraftExpress rankings, so he could certainly be an option if the Wizards keep their 52nd overall pick in the draft. However, those rankings can change a lot between now and draft night. Austin Sternlicht examined Morris’ pros and cons earlier this month.
James Blackmon also offers some intrigue as a deep prospect. He’s one spot ahead of Melo Trimble on the Top 100 rankings and if either player has an impressive workout, it could boost their chances at catching on somewhere, especially as the NBA starts allowing for two-way contracts next season.
UPDATE: Morris did not attend Tuesday’s workout, according to Ben Standig