Bouldin Works Out For Milwaukee As NBA Draft Draws Near
June 3, 2010
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Former Gonzaga University standout Matt Bouldin was one of six players to attend a workout for the Milwaukee Bucks at their practice facility Wednesday as the June 24 NBA Draft draws near.
Joining Bouldin were Wayne Chism, University of Tennessee; Keith "Tiny" Gallon, University of Oklahoma; Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech University; Jon Scheyer, Duke University, and Deon Thompson, University of North Carolina.
With the exception of Lawal, Bouldin played against each of the other four attendees during his collegiate career.
Bill McKinney, Director of Scouting for the Bucks, said it was one of the best workouts the team has had this year.
"First of all, I have to say that this was probably one of the best workouts we've had this year. Every time we bring players in we have a breakfast meeting and it was a really delightful group of young men to talk to. Then on the court today, the talents were evenly matched and the competitive spirit was really great. We felt like we learned a lot more about some of the players that we watched during the course of their career and have talked to at the Chicago pre-draft camp and even in Minnesota."
Bouldin, attending his third workout after stops in Minnesota with the Timberwolves and Washington with the Wizards, was pleased.
"It went well. It was a good group of guys. We competed really hard. A lot of them knew how to play basketball, which was a perk. It was a good workout," said the native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., who was a senior this past season in leading the Bulldogs to a 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Bouldin said he still has plenty to work on in preparation for the draft.
"Everything," Bouldin replied when asked what he needs to improve. "I need to become a better defender. My shots need to continue to get better. My ball-handling could continue to get better. I'd say those are my main three."
But Bouldin also thinks he can help a lot of teams with his basketball IQ.
"I think I'm smart. I think I usually make shots. I'm a pretty good passer and my basketball I.Q. is probably one of my biggest strengths," said the 2010 West Coast Conference Player of the Year.
McKinney said Wednesday's group is probably considered second-round picks.
"There are some players that could slip into the first round, but I'm viewing it as a group of very solid second round players," he said.
Bouldin said nothing is certain until June 24.
"You hear you're in the mix with a lot of teams, but you never really know until the (draft on June) 24th," Bouldin said of his prospects of being drafted.
McKinney said the second round has produced some outstanding talent for not only the Bucks but for the league as a whole.
"Not only the second round for us, but there have been a lot of great second round impact players in the NBA. I can go back to history now, Mark Price from Georgia Tech was a second round pick and turned out to be an NBA All-Star. Dennis Rodman in the '86 draft, which was a controversial draft, ended up probably being the best player in that draft," McKinney recalled. "There are some nuggets in the second round, whereas people are focused on the first round, of course, with the money that's guaranteed to those players for a three or four year period. We have to be diligent about our work as we were with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and know that we can find players in the second round that can be productive players in the NBA. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Michael Redd was also a second round pick."
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