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Old 06-21-2006, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default Draft Update:

http://www.nypost.com/sports/nets/ne...red_kerber.htm

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June 21, 2006 -- \The Nets never have tried to hide their wants and needs for the upcoming draft. They seek backup help at point guard, power forward and center. And yesterday they staged one of their best pre-draft workouts.
Unfortunately, all three players working out were shooting guards and small forwards. Still, they may get some attention next Wednesday when the Nets select 22nd and 23rd on the first round and at No. 54 on the second.

"They're all two-three kinds of guys," said GM Ed Stefanski of yesterday's audition that went high level because of the NBA skills and builds on Cincinnati's 6-7 James White, Arizona's 6-4 Hassan Adams and Texas' 6-5 P.J. Tucker.

"That's not our need, but we've always taken the best player available on the board, and especially with two [first-round] picks we still could do that."

Stefanski called all three "possible first-round picks" and stressed "all three are NBA athletes, no question."

White came across as the most skilled but also the most in need of NBA weight and strength training. White, a buddy of Cincy product Kenyon Martin, was an NCAA regional qualifier in the high jump and the triple jump. He's a leaper.

"My athleticism and my overall basketball IQ - I know how to play, basically - definitely are my strengths. I have to use that because at the NBA level everybody is strong, everybody is quick," said White, who as a high schooler lived with Martin for a month in Los Angeles after the Nets drafted him in 2000.



Adams also has Nets ties of sorts - he's "always gotten good advice" from fellow Arizona product Richard Jefferson.

"Attack the rim, play hard. I'm good defender and I bring energy. I feel I'm a pretty good 15-feet and in jump shooter," said Adams in a self-assessment.

Tucker, at 230 pounds, has NBA bulk and "he can defend as well as anyone out there," Stefanski said.

The Nets today will audition 6-5 shooting guard Maurice Ager of Michigan State, 6-5 swingman Dwayne Mitchell of Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-11 center Yemi Nicholson of Denver and 6-10 forward James Augustine of Illinois.

fred.kerber@nypost.com






i would understand if the Nets had no talented big men in the draft, but getting more swingmen?? sounds dubious to me
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