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Blazers Work Out Six More Prospects, Including Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, On Tuesday

The Portland Trail Blazers worked out six prospects, including Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, on Tuesday morning in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.


The Portland Trail Blazers worked out six more prospects, including Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, at the Tualatin practice facility on Tuesday morning in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Blazers owner Paul Allen was not in attendance according to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian on Twitter. Allen did attend workouts for Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Indiana's Cody Zeller and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum.

  • John Allen | Western Washington | Senior | 6-foot-1 | 190 pounds | PG | No DX profile | n/a in top 100
  • Played three seasons at Western Washington University, averaging 15.4 points (46.8% FG, 39.7% 3-PT, 89.4% FT), 2.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.64 steals and 28.8 minutes ... Finished three-year career with 1,480 points, seventh in Western Washington history ... Total is highest of any Viking not playing four seasons ... Ranked 12th in career assists with 348, 14th in steals with 157, and free throw percentage of 89.4 percent (244-273) is best in school history ... First-Team Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times All- American and Third-Team Daktronics All-American as a senior in 2012-13, as he averaged a career-best 17.1 points, along with 2.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.24 steals and 30.3 minutes
  • Chris Babb | Iowa State | Senior | 6-foot-5 | 225 pounds | SG | No DX profile | n/a in top 100
  • Senior (2012-13): Started all 33 games he competed in, averaging 9.1 points and 3.4 of the Big 12's top defenders, earning Big 12 All-Defense honors...second on the team in steals, averaging 1.1 spg...was third on the team in 3-pointers with 65, tying for 14th on ISU's single-season chart...averaged 2.0 3-pointers per game to rank seventh in the Big 12...averaged 2.2 3-pointers in league play to rank fourth in the Big 12 and shot 40.8 percent from 3-point range in conference games to rank fourth in the Big 12...posted an 18-game streak of making a 3-pointer to rank as the sixth-best string in school history...led the team in minutes played at 32.7...scored a season-high 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range at Oklahoma State

  • Erik Murphy | Florida | Senior | 6-foot-10 | 240 pounds | PF | DX profile | No. 55 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: First Team All-SEC as a senior and All-SEC Tournament team as a junior and season. Led the SEC in three-point shooting in 2012-13. Became the first-ever player from Rhode Island in 2009 to be named a Parade Magazine All-American.

    Senior (2012-13): Averaged 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game. Shot 51.6 percent from the field. Led the SEC in three-point shooting (.453) and ranked sixth in three-pointers per game (2.0). First Team All-SEC by the coaches and media. Also chosen to the All-SEC Tournament Team. Tallied 27 points and 12 rebounds, both career bests, to lead the Gators to a victory against LSU in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. Recorded 24 points on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 2-of- 2 from the charity stripe vs. Wisconsin. Had one of two double-doubles on the season at Kentucky with 17 points (6-11 FGs, 3-6 3Ps) and 11 rebounds.

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    Murphy's added size and strength has helped him do a better job establishing post position and battling with the opposition inside on both ends of the floor, though it hasn't been without negative side effects. While Murphy remains a relatively agile player for a big man, he definitely seems to have lost some of his fluidity over the years, not being able to change directions as well, looking a little more awkward in his movements, and often finding himself falling to the floor following lay-up attempts on offense or closeouts on defense. Given how sizeable a transformation he's made in such a short time period, he probably hasn't yet found the ideal combination of size and speed for his body, but he's clearly shown the work ethic and drive to maximize his physical abilities, and likely will continue to do so going forward.

    On the offensive end, Murphy's undergone a similar transformation over the years with his role in Florida's offense, evolving from a garbage-man type inside player in his first two seasons to much more of an outside shooting specialist the past two years.

  • Kelly Olynyk | Gonzaga | Junior | 7-foot | 234 pounds | C | DX profile | No. 15 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: A consensus All-American and the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2012-13. Named to the Capital One All-Academic First Team and the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Played for Team Canada in 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. Also played for Canada in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship. Averaged 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Had 19 points vs. Argentina, which featured seven players with NBA experience.

    Junior (2012-13): Selected West Coast Conference Player of the Year after averaging 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in just 26.4 minutes per game. Third in the nation in field goal shooting (.629). An All-America selection by the AP, USBWA, NABC and Sporting News. A top-five finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, honoring the top player in the nation. Helped Gonzaga to a 32-3 overall record, a 16-0 WCC mark, the WCC Tournament title and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Tallied a career-high 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting and 8-of-9 free throws at Santa Clara, also adding 10 rebounds and two blocks. Five days later, netted 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting and 9-of-12 free throws vs. Saint Mary's (CA). Posted 26 points on three occasions, including in a 9-of-9 field goal and 8-of-8 free throw shooting performance vs. BYU. Scored in double figures in all but two appearances. Had five double-doubles on the season.

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    What makes Olynyk unique is his versatility and skill level for a 7-footer. By no means a flashy scorer and far from a freak athlete, the inside-outside threat can use his size and soft touch to score in the post, finish his opportunities at the rim, and step out and make shots from the perimeter.


    With that said, scouts will have significantly more pressing questions about his rebounding ability and defensive presence. Lacking the explosiveness to rebound outside of his area or provide a presence blocking shots from the weakside, Olynyk does not make a sizeable contribution in either area relative to his peers, ranking last and fifth to last in blocks and defensive rebounds per-40 minutes pace adjusted respectively among the centers in our top-100. He does a solid job crashing the offensive glass, but must work to become a bigger factor on the defensive end.

    Olynyk shows somewhat inconsistent intensity on the defensive end, though he does operate in a decent stance and moves his feet well for his size. His lack of lateral quickness and often poor awareness limit his impact on this end of the floor. He'll need to improve his intensity and show better focus to help make up for his shortcomings as best he can on this end of the floor.

  • D.J. Stephens | Memphis | Senior | 6-foot-5 | 187 pounds | PF? | DX profile | No. 76 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: Played in 129 games while making 35 starts in his four-year career. Has 124 career slam dunks. Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Named to the All-Conference USA Third Team as a senior. Named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team as a senior. Ranks fourth in school history with 95 blocked shots in a single season. Ranks second in school history with a career 62.7 per- cent field goal percentage.

    Senior (2012-13): Ranked first on team in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and blocks (2.6 bpg). Scored in double figures in 13 of 36 games played. Scored a career-high 16 points along with seven rebounds against Southern Miss. Grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against Oral Roberts. Blocked a career-high eight shots along with nine points in an NCAA Tournament game against St. Mary's. Scored 14 points along with 10 rebounds against Houston.

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    Stephens actually may be the best athlete in the 2013 draft, but few know what exactly he has to offer an NBA team. That's because he played a majority of his minutes at the power forward or center position in college, even though at 6'5 and 188-pounds, he looks more the part of an NBA shooting guard than even a prototypical small forward. While he is extremely undersized, he is incredibly explosive both in transition and from a standstill, and displays the requisite quickness for virtually any position in the NBA.

  • Khalif Wyatt | Temple | Senior | 6-foot-4 | 215 pounds | SG | DX profile | No. 89 in top 100
  • Career Highlights: Played in 109 games in his career, averaging 14.5 points and 2.7 assists. Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior. Named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference as a junior. Named Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore.
    Senior (2012-13): Ranked first on team in scoring (20.5 ppg), assists (4.0 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). Scored in double figures in 30 of 34 games played. Scored a career-high 35 points along with six rebounds and six assists against Duquesne. Scored 31 points twice, in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games against North Carolina State and Indiana. Scored 19 points along with a career-high 11 rebounds against Fordham.

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

    Olynyk was linked to the Blazers in a mock draft back in April.

    The Blazers opened the pre-draft process by working out six players two Thursdays back, another four two Fridays back, six more last Monday and another six last Friday morning. They also put Indiana's Cody Zeller through an individual workout on Friday afternoon and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum got the same treatment 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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