Wizards schedule pre-draft player interviews

Wizards schedule pre-draft player interviews
May 15, 2013, 2:00 pm
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CHICAGO -- The Wizards will have a chance to interview as many as 15 players Thursday and Friday at the NBA Draft Combine, and CSN Washington has obtained most of the list which indicates they’re interested in size.

As CSN reported earlier in the week, the Wizards requested to talk with Otto Porter of Georgetown and Maryland’s Alex Len and have been granted access by the NBA.

They also are scheduled to talk with swingman Victor Oladipo (Indiana), SF Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), PG Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), SG Allen Crabbe (California), PG/SG C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), C Cody Zeller (Indiana), PF Mason Plumlee (Duke), C Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga), and C Steven Adams (Pittsburgh).

Blue-chip prospects SG Ben McLemore (Kansas) and PG Trey Burke (Michigan) are not scheduled with the Wizards. Nerlens Noel, a 6-11 center from Kentucky, is expected to only interview with a couple teams and isn't likely to do more than that, a person with knowledge of the situation told CSN.

Noel, who tore a knee ligament during the season, is projected to go high.

Sixty-three players were invited to the combine by the NBA before the June 27 draft.  Each team, which will have general managers and other front-office personnel, can have 30-minute sitdown interviews.

This year marks a more complicated process because the combine takes place before the draft lottery which will determine the order in which teams will select.  The lottery is May 21 in New York.

The Wizards have a 3.5% chance to get the No. 1 overall pick. They’ll pick no lower than 11th.   Knowing where they’d be selecting before the combine would allow the Wizards to streamline their interviews.

The Wizards also have second-round picks at Nos. 37 and 54.