The Portland Trail Blazers worked out six more prospects at the Tualatin practice facility on Friday morning in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.
- Ian Clark | Belmont | Senior | 6-foot-3 | 173 pounds | SG | DX profile | n/a in top 100
A four-time All-Conference honoree and two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year. Belmont's NCAA era career leader in points (1,920) and three-point field goals (340). In 2012- 13, led Bruins to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the program's highest NCAA Tournament seed (No. 11). The OVC Co-Player of the Year and an AP All-America Honorable Mention.
- Ed Daniel | Murray State | Senior | 6-foot-7 | 228 pounds | PF | DX profile | n/a in top 100
Played in 128 games in his four-year career, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Earned First Team All-OVC honors as a senior. Ranked first on team in rebounds (10.0 rpg) and blocks (1.6 bpg) while ranking third in scoring (13.2 ppg) during his season season at Murray State.
- Larry Drew II | UCLA | Senior | 6-foot-2 | 180 pounds | PG | No DX profile | n/a in top 100
Played his senior season at UCLA in 2012-13 after transferring from the University of North Carolina after the 2010-11 season ... Sat out the 2011-12 season per NCAA transfer rules ... In his only season with the Bruins, averaged 7.5 points (44.6% FG, 43.3% 3-PT), 2.4 rebounds, and career highs in assists (7.3), steals (1.40) and minutes (35.5) in 35 games
Led the Big Ten in rebounding in 2012-13. Second Team All-Big Ten by the media as a sophomore and redshirt senior. Represented the U.S. as part of its team the 2011 World University Games. Averaged 10.0 points, a Big Ten-leading 8.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks (3rd in league) while shooting 56.5 percent (4th) during his senior season at Minnesota.
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Mbakwe's rebounding and energy are the keys to his value at the NBA level at this juncture. A capable finisher thanks to his length and athleticism, Mbakwe is otherwise a mixed bag offensively. He was shooting a super-efficient 60.4% before his injury last season, and has proven to be a capable scorer at the college level, but is a limited shooter and unrefined back-to-the-basket scorer. He shows some promise in both areas, having improved the mechanics of his shot at the foul line and dropping in a deft jump hook on occasion. Despite seeing most of his touches in the post, but otherwise earning his points by playing with tenacity on the offensive glass and ducking in for catch-and-finish opportunities, Mbakwe's skill set seems to align itself well with the type of hustle-based role he'd likely be asked to play at the next level, but continued development as a shooter or one-on-one threat would add a dimension to his game.
Defensively, Mbakwe makes an impact with his length and leaping ability, but is still figuring out how to be a consistent presence on this end of the floor. He shows good quickness on the perimeter and has solid strength for his size defending the post, but looks most impressive when making the occasional highlight reel block or pulling down a rebound in traffic by virtue of his athleticism and length. The power forward struggles with bigger players who make it a point to pin him in the post and is still prone to his share of mental lapses. Making the most of his tools defensively and finding ways to better compensate for his lack of great bulk inside would help Mbakwe take his game to the next level on that end of the floor.
Played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League in 2012- 13, helping the team capture a league title. Led his team in scoring in the postseason (25.0 ppg). Averaged 13.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks in 23.7 minutes per game for Rio Grande Valley. Started 25-of-42 games after receiving sporadic playing time over the first two months of the season. Shot 49.1 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range on the season. Selected to NBA D-League All-Rookie Second Team.
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Rice was in the D-League not so much by choice, but out of necessity, as he was kicked off Georgia Tech's basketball team in March of 2012 by head coach Brian Gregory.
"There are certain standards that have to be met both on and off the court, and there has to be accountability when those standards aren't met," Gregory said in a statement released at the time. "I'm disappointed that we have to take this action."
Rice had a tumultuous career at Georgia Tech, being benched by then Head Coach Paul Hewitt for the final five games of his sophomore (2010-2011) season for "disciplinary reasons," and then suspended in November 2011 by Hewitt's replacement, Gregory, for the first three games of his junior year for a "violation of team rules."
He was again suspended on February 15, 2012 for another violation of team rules, missing the team's final six games, and eventually got kicked off the team after being charged with "permitting unlawful operation," essentially allowing a Georgia Tech graduate assistant to drive his car intoxicated the day before the 2012 ACC Tournament. After leaving an Atlanta nightclub, another passenger in the car fired a gun, causing them to be pulled over by police.
- E.J. Singler | Oregon | Senior | 6-foot-6 | 215 pounds | SF | No DX profile | n/a in top 100
Played four seasons at the University of Oregon, where he averaged 10.9 points (44.3% FG, 37.3% 3-PT, 84.8% FT), 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.77 steals and 29.3 minutes in 142 games ... Earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors as a senior in 2012-13 after averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and career highs in assists (2.8) and minutes (31.0) ... Finished his career ranked first in school history in wins (89), sixth in career free throw percentage (84.8%) and 11th in Oregon history in scoring (1,546)
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The Blazers opened the pre-draft process by working out six players last Thursday, another four last Friday and six more on Monday. 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).
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