The NBA Draft workouts have seemingly slowed to an absolute crawl. I can't imagine how Josh, Jeremy and the rest of the guys feel; I'm tired of it and I haven't even been working out! Today is a pretty busy day for the draft prospects. Here is the look at today's Gonzaga news...
Yesterday Austin worked out with the Toronto Raptors and while any news about the workout is hard to come across we were able to find this video interview. Much like me, he seems to be getting tired of the workout process and the interviews. He talks about his father's influence once again, having a good support base around him, and what he thinks he can bring to the Toronto Raptors. He also discusses whether or not he reads the mock drafts and all that stuff put out by us silly bloggers. Toronto is one of the teams that really likes Austin and has the need for a wing like him. They've got the eighth selection but they could easily trade back into the middle of the first to grab him.
It's a busy day for the rest of the Gonzaga draft hopefuls as the other three will be working out along the Eastern seaboard hoping to impress the scouts. In Washington, Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt will workout together for the Wizards. The Wiz have the fifth and 32nd pick in the upcoming NBA Draft so unless their are a ton of injuries in the next few weeks, I wouldn't expect either of these Zags to land in Washington. Participating with Josh and Jeremy are Ty Lawson, Coppin State's Tywain McKee, USC's Taj Gibson, and Patrick Beverly of Arkansas fame.
Their aren't many draft prospects hotter right now than Gonzaga's Micah Downs. Every report that we have come across regarding the former Gonzaga wing has been sensational. Previously thought to be undrafted, Micah has caused some stirs on draft boards and could squeeze his way into the second round. He looks to impress Mike D'Antoni today as he takes part in the New York Knicks workout. Working out along with Micah is a bunch of potential second round to undrafted prospects. Headlining the field is Pitt's Levance Fields, Texas' Connor Atchley, Georgia Tech's Alade Aminu (who is a likely second rounder), and Talladega's Jeral Davis.
Three links of draft workouts is about all I can handle for one day anymore. Gonzaga had a busy day yesterday in the Major League Baseball drat as four Zags were selected. Heading the class was junior catcher Tyson Van Winkle, who was selected 10th by Diamondbacks. He was followed soon after by senior pitcher Steven Ames in 17th by the Los Angeles Dodgers, then Matt Fields in 22nd by the Toronto Blue Jays and lastly senior slugger Ryan Wiegand in 25th by the Tampa Bay Rays. Hopefully all four get signed on and get a chance at making it all the way to the bigs
Nick Johnson, one of the top combo guards in the Class of 2011, has picked up offers from Arizona, Georgia, Oregon State and Washington to go along with his previous offer from Arizona State.
We had a fan post a couple days ago asking about the status of Nick Johnson, a shooting guard from Arizona and I think I'm ready to call Gonzaga's courtship of him over. While Johnson is a tremendous prospect and will be one of the top players in the 2011 class, Mark Few and the staff have plenty of kids to pick and choose from in their own backyard. Brett Kingma and Gary Bell are both fantastic guard options from the Western side of the state and Portland's Kyle Wiltjer would be a fantastic get at power forward. Like EDZ said in the fanpost, don't expect Nick to get out of Arizona and the farthest North I expect him to get would be UCLA.