NBA Draft 2011: Nets Hold First Major Pre-Draft Workout

In preparation for the 2011 NBA Draft the New Jersey Nets, along with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, are holding the first major pre-draft workout in New Jersey this weekend with over 40 prospective NBA players in attendance. 26 of the NBA's 30 teams will be there to scope out the talent, although many feel that the list of players attending this weekend will likely head back to school or get picked up in the second round, or currently play in the NBADL(Jamine Peterson). ESPN analysis Chad Ford explains why he thinks that a lot of the bigger names are skipping this event:

You can likely blame agents for their decisions. They want to control the process, minimize the risk of injury (the workouts will include a 5-on-5 element) and are likely worried that their clients aren't in peak physical shape yet. Most of these players are working out with trainers and still need a few more weeks.    

Also there might be a constituent or two who believes the NBA's pending labor agreement could play a factor in them entering the draft this year as well, something to keep an eye on.

Here is the list of all 44 players attending this weekend. the players are broken up over Saturday and Sunday. Some players of note are Washington's Isaiah Thomas, USC's Mamadou Diarra, UC Santa Barbara's Orlando Johnson, Fresno State's Greg Smith, San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas, Washington State's Deangelo Castro, and Washington's Justin Holiday. 

Player POS HT WT College
Olu Ashaolu F 6'7" 220 Louisiana Tech
Deangelo Casto F 6'8" 231 Washington State
Mamadou Diarra C 7'0" 240 USC
Kim English G/F 6'6" 200 Missouri
Diante Garrett G 6'4" 190 Iowa State
Ashton Gibbs G 6'2" 190 Pittsburgh
Troy Gillenwater F 6'7" 225 New Mexico State
Josh Harrellson C 6'10" 275 Kentucky
Tu Holloway G 6'0" 185 Xavier
Scotty Hopson G/F 6'6" 195 Tennessee
Reggie Jackson G 6'3" 208 Boston College
Terrence Jennings F 6'9" 220 Louisville
Orlando Johnson G 6'5" 205 UC Santa Barbara
Reggie Johnson C 6'10" 303 Miami
Cory Joseph G 6'3" 170 Texas
DeAndre Liggins G 6'6" 180 Kentucky
Guy-Marc Michel C 7'0" 270 Indiana
Jamine Peterson
(D-League)
F 6'6" 230 Providence/New Mexico
Carleton Scott F 6'8" 218 Notre Dame
John Shurna F 6'8" 210 Northwestern
Hollis Thompson F 6'7" 205 Georgetown
Mychel Thompson F 6'8" 200 Pepperdine

SUNDAY MAY 8

Player POS HT WT College
Jeff Allen F 6'7" 258 Virginia Tech
Jon Diebler G 6'6" 200 Ohio State
Lacedarius Dunn G 6'4" 200 Baylor
Mustapha Farrakhan G 6'4" 181 Virginia
Gary Flowers F 6'8" 214 Southern Mississippi
Austin Freeman G 6'4" 195 Georgetown
Andrew Goudelock G 6'2" 200 College of Charleston
Jerai Grant F 6'8" 220 Clemson
Cory Higgins G 6'5" 185 Colorado
Justin Holliday F 6'6" 185 Washington
Rick Jackson F 6'9" 240 Syracuse
Delroy James F 6'8" 220 Rhode Island
Ravern Johnson F 6'7" 205 Mississippi State
Kevin Jones F 6'8" 248 West Virginia
Ralph Sampson III C 6'11" 241 Minnesota
Damian Saunders F 6'7" 205 Duquesne
Xavier Silas G 6'5" 200 Northern Illinois
Greg Smith F/C 6'10" 250 Fresno State
Julyan Stone G 6'7" 200 UTEP
Malcolm Thomas F 6'8" 220 San Diego State
Isaiah Thomas G 5'8" 180 Washington
Chris Wright G 6'1" 180 Georgetown


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