PRE-DRAFT WORKOUTS: DAY 2 (PART I)

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel


Guards Derrick Byars (Vanderbilt), Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech), Nick Young (USC), and Sun Yue (China) worked out for the Wizards on June 8th at Verizon Center. QUOTES
Nick Young, SG/SF, University of Southern California
On his workout with the Wizards:
"I had a couple of dunks, some lob plays, and I got to show off my fadeaway, so I was happy. This was my fourth workout, and they’re all tough, but I am getting used to the process and enjoying it."

On where he would like to play in the NBA:
"I’m happy to go anywhere, as long as I get picked."

On his overall game:
"I’m a swingman. I play a position where all of the main scorers play, so I have to be able to do it all. I’ve been working on my ball handling, my shooting, and my leaping ability."

On playing at the University of Southern California:
"Coming from the West Coast, it’s hard because a lot of people on the East Coast don’t know what you can do. I’m the underdog."

On seeing Wizards All-Star Guard Gilbert Arenas:
"Gilbert (Arenas) and I are from the same area, so I had to represent. We’ve played pick-up together at UCLA, so it was good to see him today."

Javaris Crittenton, PG, Georgia Tech
On his workout and borrowing a pair of shoes from Gilbert Arenas:
"Gilbert (Arenas) gave me his shoes, because I busted mine. I didn’t realize it at first because I was playing so hard, but it didn’t feel right. Then I looked at it and there was a big hole in it. Luckily, Gilbert wears the same size. His shoes were comfortable, but those are big shoes to fill. I hope he lets me keep them; I think he will. I had a pretty good workout in them. We were really competing out there."

On his overall game:
"I can contribute defensively and offensively, in every aspect. I can shoot, get to the rim, be athletic. I think I can do some of the same things as Gilbert. I know those are big shoes, but I think we have some of the same game."

Derrick Byars, SG/SF, Vanderbilt
On the workout schedule:
"This is my fourth workout in a row. It is tough, but I just have to get used to this because this is what I am going to experience next year. I just wanted to play and work hard this week since I haven’t played since the NCAA Tournament – the Georgetown game. I didn’t play in Orlando (at the NBA pre-draft camp)."

On having the opportunity to be drafted by the Washington Wizards:
"Hopefully, there’s a good chance that I can play for the Wizards. I mean that with sincerity. I am familiar with the area, it is a great organization and a perennial playoff team."

On his play in the NCAA Tournament:
"The NCAA Tournament can raise a lot of guy’s stock, and I knew that coming into the tournament. It is not secret that I was fairly unknown, even though I was SEC Player of the Year, so it did a lot for me, for my University and the team."

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