The NBA Draft is coming up on June 20. The Wizards only have the ninth overall draft pick and we will write about some of the players whom the Wizards could select over the next few weeks heading into draft day.
In the meantime, the Wizards began hosting their pre-draft workouts where six players came to the MedStar practice facility on Monday. They were Shizz Alston (Temple), Shannon Bogues (Stephen F. Austin), Jamall Gregory (Jacksonville State), Trey Mourning (Georgetown), Ed Polite Jr. (Radford) and Trey Porter (Nevada).
The prospects spoke to the media after practice.
Hear from Trey Mourning (Georgetown), Jamall Gregory (Jacksonville State), Shizz Alston (Temple), and Ed Polite Jr. (Radford) after their workout today in D.C. pic.twitter.com/1rZVJB4iaM— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) June 3, 2019
This round of workouts included a group of players who played college basketball in the Washington area or are from Washington themselves. The most notable player in the group is Shizz Alston, a 6’4 who played his four-year career at Temple where he averaged 19.7 points and 5 assists per game last season. The Owls were 23-10 in the 2018-19 season and lost in the NCAA Tournament’s First Four round to Belmont.
The other major local names are Gregory, a 6’3 guard who played his high school basketball at Coolidge; Polite, a 6’9 forward from Radford who played at DuVal when he was in high school and Mourning, a 6’ 9 forward who is the son of Hall-of-Fame center Alonzo Mourning. Of the three, Polite has the strongest college resumé, where he finished his career at Radford as their career-leading rebounder.
Based on the list of players here, it appears that they have a closer eye on Alston and Polite than the rest of the field, perhaps for a Summer League invite since no one is in serious contention of getting drafted.