Anthony Bennett hoping to make impression on scouts
Now we're getting to the starry part of the draft workout process. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett visited the Verizon Center on Thursday, Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. returns to the arena he played college ball on Friday with five others and additional lottery targets are expected to make Chinatown appearances before the June 27 NBA Draft.
We have started a running tally of those that have already had their day in front of the Wizards decision makers along with links to CSNwashington stories about the prospects. But first, a draft prospect roundup for what's going on outside of the DMV...
*With Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters in the backcourt, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller up front, it's clear that small forward is the Cavaliers' primary positional need, which is why it's worth nothing Bennett visits Cleveland on Monday. Porter is also a rumored option.
*It took a little while, but Nerlens Noel finally as an agent - two, actually and from the same agency that represents Wizards forward Trevor Booker. Noel, the shot blocking center from Kentucky who has been the No. 1 overall pick front runner for most of the draft process, is expected to meet with the Wizards soon.
*The Akron Beacon Journal notes that if the Cavaliers draft Kansas' Ben McLemore, it will be the first time a wing guard was the first overall selection since 1975. Bradley Beal's former AAU teammate is legit, but seeing the Cavs just spent a top-5 selection on Waiters last season, not sure this would be a wise allocation of assets.
*Seeing as the Wizards need a backup point and have two second-round picks with which to target one and CSNchicago put together a profile on one of the options, here is a look at Detriot's Ray McCallum.
*Very interesting way the very interesting crew at TruthAboutIt.net made a case for Indiana guard Victor Oladipo at No.3 by comparing the former DeMatha product to a rookie Michael Jordan, but not in the eye-rolling way you might think.
Malcolm Armstead (G, Wichita State, 6-0)
Keion Bell (G, Missouri, 6-4)
Anthony Bennett (F, UNLV, 6-7 --interview only)
Laurence Bowers (F, Missouri, 6-8)
Tyler Brown (G, Illinois St, 6-4)
Rotnei Clarke (G, Butler, 6-0)
Demetrius Conger (F, St. Bonaventure, 6-6)
Will Clyburn (G, Iowa State, 6-7)
Gregory Echenique (C, Creighton, 6-9)
Ramon Galloway (G, LaSalle, 6-3)
Jamelle Hagins (F, Delaware, 6-9)
Elijah Johnson (G, Kansas, 6-4)
Karron Johnson (F, Shaw, 6-8)
Bruce Massey (G, Middle Tennessee, 6-3)
Nick Minnerath (F, Detroit, 6-9)
Brock Motum (F, Washington St., 6-10)
Ehimen Orukpe (C, Wichita State, 7-0)
Romero Osby (F, Oklahoma, 6-8)
Miguel Paul (G, East Carolina, 6-1)
Mason Plumlee (F, Duke, 6-10)
D.J. Seeley (G, CS-Fullerton, 6-4)
Angelo Sharpless (G, 6-4, Elizabeth City
Peyton Siva (G, Louisville, 6-0)
James Southerland (F, Syracuse, 6-8)
Dexter Strickland (G, North Carolina, 6-3)
Adonis Thomas (F, Memphis, 6-7)
Kellen Thornton (F, Tennessee State, 6-7)
DeShaun Thomas (F/G, Ohio State, 6-7)
Christian Watford (F, Indiana, 6-9)
Tray Woodall (G, Pittsburgh, 6-0)
Khalif Wyatt (G, Temple, 6-3)