Clanton could be a sleeper for Wizards

Clanton could be a sleeper for Wizards
June 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
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The Wizards wrap up individual workouts Friday by bringing in six players to Verizon Center.

As CSN Washington reported to start the week, there would be some key international players in attendance. Joffrey Lauvergne, a 6-11 forward from France, will be here along with Nicolo Melli, a 6-9 Italian forward.

Lauvergne withdrew his name from the 2012 draft. Melli long has been regarded as not strong or tough enough for the NBA. He averaged about 5 points and 3.5 rebounds last season, playing 16 minutes. 

  • Keith Clanton (Central Florida): A 6-9 forward, he averaged 15.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and shot 53.4% from the field. He has a 7-3 wingspan, weighs about 249 pounds and has been completely under the radar. Can run the pick-and-pop action and has performed well vs. elite opposition.
  • D.J. Cooper  (Ohio): A 5-10 guard, he averaged 14.1 points, 7.1 assists, 2.0 steals and shot 42.4% from the field. He makes up for his height with a 6-5 wingspan. Good passer, but he might not be a good enough shooter to overcome the size disparity.
  • Korie Lucious (Iowa State): A 5-11 guard, he averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 assists and shot just 37.7% from the field. Clearly, shooting is a major weakness as well as his size. He spent his first three seasons at Michigan State, where he never averaged more than 6.5 points.
  • Maurice Sutton (Villanova): A 6-11 center, he only contributed 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and shot 50% from the field. Sutton, a native of Largo, Md., saw his playing time actually decrease.