Final Mavs prospects get workouts today
The Mavs own the 50th pick overall unless they make a play to move up. While a center and an athletic swingman might be of highest priority, Mavs vice president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said that when picking so late, it becomes all about the player, and not the position.
"At 50, you can't get locked into positions or anything like that," Nelson said. "You've got to take the best available name on the board."
These six just might be there:
Omar Samhan, 6-11, 265, Saint Mary's
Notes: A traditional center with post moves and scoring touch, he averaged 22.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a game as a senior. His goofy, magnetic personality helped him become a national sensation during the NCAA tournament after averaging 30.5 points on 75 percent shooting in the first two rounds to get the Cinderella Gaels into the Sweet 16.
Jerome Randle, 5-10, 160, California
Notes: The point guard averaged 18.6 points and 4.3 assists as a senior. While short in stature, Randle is an excellent jump shooter and was adept at hitting contested jumpers. He drained 40.4 percent of this 3-point attempts and shot 45.7 percent from the floor. He averaged 35.0 minutes a game. Randle is considered a sleeper by some.
Magnum Rolle, 6-10, 200, Louisiana Tech
Notes: He spent two years at LSU, had trouble earning playing time and transferred. As a senior, he averaged 13.9 points and 8.4 rebounds. Mostly a catch-and-finish offensive player who could serve as a rebounder and defender in the NBA as he develops an offensive game.
Brian Zoubek, 7-1, 250, Duke
Notes: Injuries stunted him early in his career and it took until his senior season for him to even be mentioned as a possible draft pick. One of the best offensive rebounds in college basketball last season, most of Zoubek's points came off second chances. He's tough and sturdy and could aid a team in need of board help.
Tommy Mason-Griffin, 5-11, 170, Oklahoma
Notes: There's plenty of curiousity surrounding his decision to leave school after his freshman season. Short and pudgy, he averaged 14.1 points with 5.0 assists, though, Mason-Griffin might be best remembered for his facebook announcement about entering the draft: "it's a official dat i am leavin skool...." He likely won't be drafted.
Andrew Ogilvy, 7-0, 240, Vanderbilt
Notes: The Australian who goes by A.J. (Andrew James) averaged 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior. Strangely, his points have decreased from 17.0 as a freshman and his minutes have decreased from 27.6 as a sophomore to 23.2 last year. Scouts wonder if he's rugged enough to play against NBA power forwards and centers.
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