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Wizards Pre-Draft Workout: Johnson, Massey, Motum, Plumlee, Strickland and Thornton

The Washington Wizards will conduct a pre-draft workout tomorrow. The following players are currently scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s workout:


Name                                          Pos.               From                           Ht./Wt.

Karron Johnson                       F          Shaw                                6-8, 240 lbs.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Developing into the player scouts envisioned when he was a touted recruit of Oklahoma State, Karron Johnson is intriguing several teams as a prospect they could take a chance on in this year’s NBA draft, a source told RealGM.

A 6-foot-8 forward who spent the past two seasons at Shaw, Johnson has scheduled workouts with seven teams that have let him know they will consider him as a potential second round pick.

Johnson, 23, has overcome issues surrounding his anger management. He averaged 17.4 points and eight rebounds and shot 61.4 percent from the field this season.

Johnson had been a heralded prospect before failing to stay at Oklahoma State, and he subsequently bounced from junior colleges to a stable situation at Shaw.

Bruce Massey                            G         Middle Tennessee        6-3, 197 lbs.

Brock Motum                            F          Washington State        6-10, 245 lbs.

via NBADraftBlog

Motum finished his senior year averaging almost 19 points and 6 rebounds per game, and he was named Second Team All-Pac-12. The improvements Motum made have put him on NBA teams’ radars. “I can be a knock-down shooter, working in the pick-and-pop as a stretch 4,” Motum explained. “If a defender closes out on me, I can take them off the dribble.”

Motum knows he has hard work ahead of him these next couple of months to make his game more complete. “I need to work on my size and strength,” Motum said. “I am a little undersized, and while having some tricks can help, adding size while not losing speed is important.”

Mason Plumlee                        F          Duke                                  6-10, 235 lbs.

via Peach Tree Hoops

Defensively, Plumlee is more than adequate one on one in the low post but he doesn’t possess Dieng’s ability as a help defender. That was painfully evident in his DraftExpress scouting report video where he struggled mightily in pick and roll situations.

Offensively Plumlee has a much higher upside than a player like Dieng and due to his speed could potentially steal some minutes at power forward if he could be paired with the right center combination. However, the questions about his defense in space would still be a concern.

Dexter Strickland                   G         North Carolina                6-3, 185 lbs.

via Rant Sports

It’s been an up-and-down career for North Carolina senior guard Dexter Strickland, but he’s simply never emerged as more than just a role player in the Tar Heels’ rotation. Strickland, who stands at 6-foot-3, averaged 7.8 points per game this past season, a career-high for the New Jersey-native. Strickland has the ability to play the point guard position, so he’s become more of a combo threat after averaging 4.2 assists per game in 2012-13.

Strickland will shoot the three ball, but it’s not really his cup of tea, which is why he has never really broadened his game from an offensive standpoint. Strickland’s best chance of professional basketball is probably overseas, so don’t expect this combo guard to hear his name called on that final Thursday in June.

Kellen Thornton                      F          Tennessee State           6-7, 243 lbs.

There is just not a lot out there on him. Perhaps the biggest hidden gem in the draft?

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