Wizards keep close eye on players overseas

Wizards keep close eye on players overseas
April 27, 2013, 2:45 am
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Jan Vesely will spend time in the Czech Republic and Kevin Seraphin in France, but coach Randy Wittman wants his two backup post players to train in Washington, too.

While Seraphin played a career-high 22 minutes in his third season and averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds as the backup to center Emeka Okafor, Vesely regressed in his second year as a power forward.

Vesley played 12 minutes per game, seven fewer than he did as a rookie, and averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds.

“We're going to play the guys that deserve to play and that's what it boils down to,” Wittman said of his crowded frontcourt heading into 2013-14. “Now, we've got to continue to work and develop players and we will continue to do that. It's going to be important for those guys to show me who is going … to be here.

Vesely has a lot on his plate before the Wizards go into training camp. There’s the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas in July and the Czech Republic native’s national team.

“I have the national team in front of me, so first of all I’m getting ready for the national team, try to focus on that, just put everything into that and just come back ready for training camp,” Vesely said. “I’m just going to take a couple weeks off and see my family back home and start working with conditioning. I’ll be in L.A. working out.”

According to Wittman, Seraphin is second-guessing whether or not he’ll play for France. He believes Seraphin and Vesely can benefit from any additional training they can do.

Vesely only appeared in 51 games for the Wizards, falling behind Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton in the rotation. He was noticeably uncomfortable with the ball and played tight.

“It doesn't hurt for young guys to play. Kevin played for France last year in the Olympics and I think it helped him,” Wittman said. “It doesn't hurt if a guy is playing and he's obviously playing against good competition, doing the right things, but it's also important t for us to have a hands-on effect on him, too. And he knows that and it's going to be important for him to be back here, for us to work with him, too.