Blazers Work Out Six Prospects On Monday

Andy Lyons

The Portland Trail Blazers worked out six prospects on Monday morning in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.

The Portland Trail Blazers worked out six more prospects at the Tualatin practice facility on Monday in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.

  • Kenny Boynton | Florida | Senior | 6-foot-2 | 187 pounds | PG/SG | DX profile | n/a in top 100
  • Career Highlights: A four-year starter and the No. 2 all-time scorer in UF history. Concluded his career with 2,033 career points, second to Ronnie Williams’ 2,090. Hit a school record with 333 career treys. Second-Team All-SEC as a junior and sophomore. SEC All-Freshman as a rookie. Finished his career at American Heritage School as the third-leading scorer in the history of Florida high school basketball. Once scored 61 points in a game. An All-American selection by Parade, McDonald’s and Jordan Brand. As a seventh grader became the youngest player ever to participate in the title game of the 350-team Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas.

    Senior (2012-13): Averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 31.6 minutes per game. Shot 39.4 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from three-point range. An Honorable Mention AP All-SEC and USBWA All-District IV Team selection.

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    Considering how rarely he gets into the paint in the half-court, Boynton's consistency as a shooter will remain a key part of how his scouts will perceive him at the end of the season. He's had a few poor shooting games this season, but has yet to fall into the type of lengthy slump that hurt his numbers in previous seasons. When Boynton is knocking down shots at a high rate, he looks like a clear pro, but considering his weaknesses in other areas, a sizeable downturn in his efficiency would take him back to square one and raise many of the same questions he faced early in his career. Whether Boynton declares for the draft this spring or not, it is worth keeping an eye on how he shoots the ball on a nightly basis.

    Apart from his scoring ability, Boynton has shown the same solid passing ability we noted in our last report. He's making even better decisions with the ball than he did as a sophomore, improving his assist to turnover ratio for the second straight season to a solid 2.1/1, doing a nice job of making simple passes to unselfishly find the open man. His point guard potential remains limited by his average court vision and underdeveloped dribble-drive game, but despite Boynton's reputation as a scorer, he's also a serviceable passer for the Gators, which is certainly a plus considering the talent around him. He may not be a floor general at the next level, but he's more than a shooting specialist and is increasingly showing the mentality not to be a black-hole either-something that was definitely a concern earlier in his career.

    Defensively, most of what we said about Boynton in our previous reports remains true. He's a hard worker whose fundamentals have improved to match his quickness, but his lack of size and length limit his upside at the next level. Whether his scoring ability compensates for questions about his ability to defend the shooting guard position at the next level remains to be seen.

  • Lorenzo Brown | North Carolina State | Junior | 6-foot-5 | 189 pounds | PG | DX profile | No. 48 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: Started 95 of the 101 games he played during his N.C. State career. Averaged 11.6 points during his three campaigns and is one of only three players in school history to record over 500 career assists (589). Selected Second Team All-ACC as a junior and a Third-Team pick as a sophomore.

    Junior (2012-13): Averaged 12.4 points, led the league in assists (7.2 apg - 6th in the nation) and ranked second in the conference in steals (2.0 spg). A Second-Team All-ACC selection by both the media and coaches. Posted the highest assist average by a Wolfpack player since Chris Corchiani averaged 9.6 assists in 1990-91. Also averaged 0.6 blocks.

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    His combination of quickness, excellent ball handling abilities and passing instincts have clearly helped him develop in this area and, though his scoring leaves much to be desired, he really has transformed into one of the NCAA's top distributors. He shows excellent poise, controlling a game's tempo with his ability to push the ball in transition and create looks for his teammates by passing off the dribble. His ability to feed the post is also impressive and, while he struggles as a scorer and finisher out of the pick-and-roll, he remains a very solid distributor. He once again ranked among the most turnover prone guards in our database, something he must improve upon at the next level, but he is nevertheless one of the best distributors in this draft.

    Brown seemed to put more effort in on the defensive end as a junior, but once again showed some head-scratching inconsistency. While he has solid size, lateral quickness and active hands and feet, he rarely stayed engaged after he was beaten on the defensive end, not fighting through screens or recovering nearly as well as a player with his size and length should. He looks solid statistically, particularly because he grabs a lot of steals, but he has a lot of work to do before he can be considered ready to guard NBA point guards.

    Overall, Lorenzo Brown has the size and distributing ability that scouts covet in point guard prospects, but with some significant holes in his game. Furthermore, he is already 22-years-old, and will be a 23-year-old rookie, which puts his ability to make stark improvement into question. It is almost needless to say that he has quite a bit to prove to scouts in private workout settings, as his junior year added to the list of questions pertaining to his NBA prospects, rather than answering them. Regardless, he has a very good chance of hearing his name called on draft night - even potentially late in the first round -but he must have a strong showing on and off the court during the pre-draft process to ease some of the concerns teams have about him at the next level.

  • Colton Iverson | Colorado State | Senior | 7-foot | 263 pounds | C | DX profile | No. 43 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a senior. Earned First-Team All-Mountain West honors as a senior. Ranks third all-time in school history with 342 rebounds in a single season. Ranks fourth all-time in school history with a 59.6 percent career shooting percentage. Played in 133 career games with 77 games started in his four-year career at Minnesota and Colorado State combined.

    Senior (2012-13): Ranked first on team in scoring (14.2 ppg), rebounds (9.8 rpg) and field- goal percentage (.596).

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    Iverson's best asset as a prospect on the defensive end is his rebounding ability. Averaging an impressive 13.5 rebounds per-40 minutes pace adjusted, Iverson ranked as the 10th best rebounder in the NCAA this year. Not explosive enough to attack the ball at its highest point, Iverson does great work before the shot, getting into the body of his matchup as the ball is going up on both ends of the floor.

    One of the most pleasant surprises in the 2013 senior class, Iverson is by no means a glamorous NBA prospect. Turning 24 in June, he's significantly older than most of his peers and questions remain about how he'll fare against the more athletic players he'd match up with the NBA. His size, ability to score in the post, and rebounding ability give him plenty of upside in the European game though, and there may be a team in the second round that feels he can provide depth at the five spot. Already training at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, after surprisingly electing to pass up on competing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament--where his measurements and competitiveness could have helped generate some momentum heading into the draft process after playing off the radar most of the year in the MWC--it will be interesting to see what kind of progress Iverson is able to make as we head towards workout season.

  • James Southerland | Syracuse | Senior | 6-foot-8 | 221 pounds | SF | DX profile | No. 72 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: Named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team as a senior. Tied Syracuse school record with nine three-pointers in a game as a senior against Arkansas. Named to the Big East All-Tournament Team as a senior and set a tournament record with 17 three-pointers made.

    Senior (2012-13): Ranked third on team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and second in rebounds (5.2 rpg).

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    Southerland's offensive game begins (and for the most part ends) with his jump shot, specifically from the three-point range. 6.2 of his 10.5 field-goal attempts per game came from behind the arc his senior season, where he shot 39.8% for the season.

    Southerland sports a very quick and compact shooting motion, having little trouble getting off high-quality shot attempts in most situations. The majority of his looks are of the spot-up, feet-set variety, but he also sees a good deal of work catching-and-shooting on the move coming off screens as well. Southerland does an excellent job moving without the ball constantly in Syracuse's offense, and also does a solid job maintaining his balance when shooting on the move, doing a good job of setting his feet and squaring to the basket regardless of the direction he's going.

    While Southerland is predominantly a three-point shooting specialist, he also shows flashes of a mid-range game, being comfortable spotting up or coming off screens for spot-up jumpers from really anywhere on the floor, from free-throw line extended to even the mid post. While this probably isn't something that could develop into a staple for him, it does give him some versatility and provides offenses with a safety valve option late in the shot clock.

  • Rodney Williams | Minnesota | Senior | 6-foot-6 | 204 pounds | SF | DX profile | No. 91 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: A three-year starter for the Gophers. Ranks 26th all-time in Minnesota's career scoring leaders (1,145 points) and 10th in blocked shots (141).

    Senior (2012-13): Ranked 30th in the Big Ten in scoring (10.1 ppg), sixth in blocks (1.3 bpg) and ninth in offensive rebounds (2.2 orpg) in 28.2 minutes per game. Also averaged 5.0 rebounds.

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    With Williams' incredible physical profile, such incremental improvements in his productivity may come as a disappointment to some. Standing 6'7" with a great wingspan and a lanky frame that looks capable of adding additional weight, Williams has few physical equals. Williams is an incredible run and jump athlete, with a lightning quick first step and arguably the most explosive leaping ability in college basketball.

    Unfortunately, Williams has yet to develop his skill set to the point where he can come close to maximizing his physical potential. Williams stated in the preseason that improving his ball-handling ability and three point range were his primary focal points during the offseason, but so far this season he has yet to answer any of the abundant questions about those facets of his game.

    Williams has made just 33% of his jump-shots this season, exactly the same rate as last year, and still in the bottom half of all college basketball players.

  • Tony Woods | Oregon | Senior | 6-foot-11 | 239 pounds | C | DX profile | n/a in top 100
  • Played in 33 games, a starter in 28 of those contests ... An honorable mention Pac-12 Conference All-Defensive Team selection ... Set a new single-season school record for blocked shots (51) ... Ranked third in the Pac-12 for blocks (1.6 bpg) ... Ranked second on the team in field goal percentage (.531, 85-of-160) ... Averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in playing 17.9 minutes per outing

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    Tony Woods has had a turbulent college career, leaving behind a promising career at Wake Forest after he pled guilty to assault. Two of the charges were dropped and Woods assumed full responsibility for the incident, but he nonetheless sought to transfer and was granted a letter of release. He eventually landed at Oregon, where he rebounded to help lead the Ducks to an NIT run. Now, a senior, Woods has the opportunity to live up to his reputation as a top-50 recruit in high school while helping the resurgent Ducks return to the NCAA tournament.

    Woods possesses an elite physical and athletic profile for the center position, standing 6'11 in shoes with an excellent 250 pound frame and a 7'2.5 wingspan. Though he moves awkwardly at times, he is very strong and runs the floor well, showing solid lateral quickness for his size, and being capable of playing above the rim with ease. He certainly looks the part of an NBA center and will likely get extended looks at the professional level based on his physical attributes alone.

    All vitals/information/video courtesy of DraftExpress.com and ESPN.com, with notes courtesy of Casey Holdahl at Blazers.com, who has more right here.

    The Blazers opened the pre-draft process by working out six players three Thursdays back, another four three Fridays back, six more two Mondays back, another six two Fridays back, six more last Tuesday and six more last Friday. They also put Indiana's Cody Zeller through an individual workout and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum got the same treatment. Blazers GM Neil Olshey took questions about the pre-draft process and Blazers coach Terry Stotts explained his role in the workouts.

    The Blazers are expected to run a total of nine or 10 workouts in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft, set for June 27. The Blazers hold the No. 10 pick in the first round and three second-round picks (No. 39, 40 and 45).

    Big apologies for the delay on this post. I spent all day driving across the state of Texas. Don't ask.

    -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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