ATLANTA, GA – Several 2012 NBA Draft prospects will be visiting Atlanta as the team prepares to select 23rd overall (first round) and 43rd overall (second round) in the June 28 Draft, taking place at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ (ESPN, 7 p.m.). Visit http://www.nba.com/draft/2012/ for complete information.
Among those scheduled to work out for the Hawks include: Doron Lamb and Darius Miller from the NCAA Champion Kentucky Wildcats, Tyshaun Taylor of runner-up Kansas, Baylor’s Quincy Miller, Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins and Jeffrey Taylor from Vanderbilt, Syracuse’s Fab Melo, Royce White (Iowa State), Moe Harkless from St. John’s, Draymond Green, a four-year standout at Michigan State, and 2012 NCAA assist leader Scott Machado
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ATLANTA HAWKS PLAYER WORKOUT INFORMATION
Kris Joseph (Syracuse, F, 6-7, 218)
· A four-year performer for the Orange who earned All-Big East First Team honors as a senior after averaging 13.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.5 apg (.421 FG%, .345 3FG%, .745 FT%), Joseph took Big East Player of the Week honor after leading Syracuse to the NIT Season Tip Off Championship … he was also named Most Outstanding Player of the tourney after finishing with averages of 19.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.5 spg in victories over Virginia Tech and Stanford … considered one of the most decorated Canadians to ever play NCAA Division I basketball, Joseph was one of 15 post-season finalists for the Wooden Award … born in Montreal, Quebec … CAREER TOTALS – 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals (.449 FG%, .331 3FG%, .702 FT%).
Deron Lamb (Kentucky, G, 6-4, 210)
· A member of the National Champion Wildcats, Lamb was described by UK coach John Calipari as the team’s “best basketball player” … one of six UK players to enter their names into this year’s NBA Draft … Lamb tallied 13.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.5 apg in 40 contests as a sophomore (.474 FG%, .466 3FG%, .826 FT%) … the second-leading scorer on a talent-laded squad, he scored a season high 26 vs. Samford and became a member of the school’s 1,000-point club in UK win over Kansas in the national title game … Lamb also finished his career as the top three-point shooter in school history, hitting 47.5 percent of his attempts … hails from Laurelton, NY … CAREER TOTALS – 13.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists (.485 FG%, .475 3FG%, .811 FT%).
Quincy Miller (Baylor, F, 6-9, 210)
· The Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year, Miller was the first Baylor player to earn that honor since 1995 (Brian Skinner) … he played in 37 games (35 starts) and averaged 10.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg (.447 FG%, .348 3FG%, .816 FT%) in 24.4 minutes … Miller was also named Big 12 Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News and named an honorable mention all-conference player by the league’s coaches … he delivered a career-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting vs. Missouri … CAREER TOTALS – 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds (.447 FG%, .348 3FG%, .816 FT%).
Jared Cunningham (Oregon State, G, 6-4, 194)
· Concluded his collegiate career as the school’s 13th all-time in total points (1,271), second in steals (21(, thied in FTs made (427) and fifth in FTs attempted (566) … Cunningham owns 11 Oregon State records … A two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Team member, he also took home All-Pac-12 honors as a sophomore (second team) and junior (first team) … he started in all 36 games for the Beavers as a junior, recording 17.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.8 apg (.450 FG%, .338 3FG%, .737 FT%) … Cunningham had a career-high 37 points last season against Texas … his quick hands led the conference in steals in back-to-back seasons, and he tied Gary Payton and current Hawks’ assistant coach Lester Conner for the second most steals in one season with 91 … his hometown is Oakland, CA … CAREER TOTALS – 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.96 assists and 2.2 steals (.455 FG%, .344 3FG%, .754 FT%).
John Jenkins (Vanderbilt, G, 6-4, 220)
· The Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer for the last two seasons, Jenkins was an All-SEC first-team member as a sophomore and junior for the Commodores, and was named an Associated Press third-team All-American in 2012 … he posted 19.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.2 apg (.474 FG%, .439 3FG%, .837 FT%) last year, with season highs of 28 at North Carolina State and Georgia … considered one of the nation’s best long-range shooters, Jenkins was selected the 2012 SEC Tournament’s MVP after leading Vandy to the conference championship in a 71-64 over then-#1 ranked Kentucky … the title was Vanderbilt’s first tourney win in 61 years … his birthplace is Hendersonville, TN … CAREER TOTALS – 16.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists (.469 FG%, .438 3FG%, .856 FT%).
Draymond Green (Michigan State, F, 6-7, 230)
· One of the nation’s premier players in 2012, Green was named by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as their choice for the Division I Player of the Year … he was also a consensus First-Team All-American (among them – AP, NABC, Sporting News, USBWA and CBSSports.com) … Green finished third in balloting for the John R. Wooden Award, and was named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the league’s coaches and media … he also took home the conference’s Most Outstanding Player award from the Big Ten Tournament … his statistics improved in each of his four seasons at MSU, and in his final campaign, Green averaged 16.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.5 spg (.449 FG%, .388 3FG%, .723 FT%) … the Spartans’ leading scorer and rebounder, he also led the team in steals, FGs made and attempted, 3FGs made and attempted and FTs attempted … during MSU’s run in the NCAA Tournament, Green registered a double-double with 17.7 ppg and 13.7 rpg … born in Saginaw, MI … CAREER TOTALS – 10.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals (.467 FG%, .361 3FG%, .687 FT%).
Darius Miller (Kentucky, G, 6-8, 235)
· Another member of the Wildcats’ national championship team, Miller played in a school record 152 games over his four-year career … he averaged 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.0 apg in 40 games as a senior (.474 FG%, .376 3FG%, .797 FT%), and scored in double figures in three of Kentucky’s six games en route to the school’s eighth championship … a two-time participant in the NCAA Final Four, Miller was named the SEC’s 2011 Tournament MVP after leading UK to the title, scoring 40 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in three contests … scored a career high 24 points against Florida to go with three assists and three blocks in his junior year … he was born in Maysville, KY … CAREER TOTALS – 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists (.449 FG%, .378 3FG%, .815 FT%).
Will Barton (Memphis, G, 6-6, 175)
· Barton started in 59 of 70 games in his two-year career at Memphis and led the Tigers and Conference USA in scoring this past year at an 18.0 ppg clip … he was also among the league leaders in rebounding (7th), FG percentage (11th), FT percentage (10th), assists (13th), steals (5th) and minutes played (4th) … the only guard ranked in the top ten of C-USA’s rebounding leaders, Barton grabbed eight boards a game … named the conference’s Most Valuable Player in 2012, he was also selected to CBSSports.com’s third-team All-America squad … Barton had a career-best 30 points at Tulsa … his hometown is Baltimore, MD … CAREER TOTALS – 15.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals (.471 FG%, .299 3FG%, .733 FT%).
William Buford (Ohio State, G, 6-6, 220)
· A durable, athletic shooter with great range, Buford was Ohio State’s third leading scorer in 2011-12, tallying 14.5 ppg in 39 games … a second-team All-Big Ten player in 2011-12, he started in 137 of 145 career games for the Buckeyes … in four years at OSU, Buford concluded his career as the school’s third all-time leading scorer (tied with Jerry Lucas) and helped the team reach the NCAA Final Four last April in New Orleans … in 2009, he was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year … born in Toledo, OH … CAREER TOTALS – 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists (.440 FG%, .385 3FG%, .811 FT%).
Eric Griffin (Campbell, F, 6-8, 190)
· Hailing from a school who has never had a player selected in the NBA Draft, Griffin could become the first Campbell player to make it to the big stage … released from his high school team as a junior, he has had a interesting journey to get this far, in addition to growing five inches … after attending two community colleges before landing at Campbell, Griffin played in 60 games for the Fighting Games … he averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 1.5 apg last year (.610 FG%, .367 3FG%, .568 FT%) … hails from Orlando, FL … CAREER TOTALS – 14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists (.559 FG%, .352 3FG%, .588 FT%).
Khris Middleton (Texas A&M, F, 6-7, 217)
· A cousin of former Hawks’ F Josh Powell, Middleton appeared in 20 games last season at Texas A&M, having started in 17 … he missed seven contests after suffering a partially torn right meniscus, then missed another five in middle of conference play after reinjuring the same knee in an overtime win over Oklahoma … played strong in his return, averaging 16.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg over the final seven games and upped that scoring total in the Big 12 Tournament (19.5 ppg) … over the course of the season, he finished second in both scoring (13.2) and rebounding (5.0) for the Aggies … his hometown is North Charleston, SC … CAREER TOTALS – 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists (.432 FG%, .321 3FG%, .768 FT%).
Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt, G/F, 6-7, 225)
· The second-leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference in 2011-12 (behind teammate John Jenkins), Taylor was also a first-team All-Conference player at his position … after his selection to the All-Freshman Team in 2008, he was a two-time All-SEC second team performer in ’09 and ’10 … Taylor posted 16.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.9 apg in 36 games as a senior (.493 FG%, .423 3FG%, .605 FT%) … the third all-time leading scorer in Commodore history, he also ranks in the school’s top ten in rebounding, steals, FTs made and attempted … his father, Jeff, played in the NBA for Houston and Detroit, and eventually played professionally in Sweden, where Jeffrey was born (Norrkoping) … CAREER TOTALS – 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists (.483 FG%, .358 3FG%, .693 FT%).
Hollis Thompson (Georgetown, F, 6-8, 212)
· An early entry candidate, Thompson finished second on the Hoyas in scoring this past season with 12.8 ppg and third in rebounding at 5.5 rpg (.464 FG%, .430 3FG%, .679 FT%) … both numbers were career highs … he was third in the Big East in three-point FG percentage, and was named to the conference’s honorable mention team … a native of Pasadena, CA … CAREER TOTALS – 8.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists (.478 FG%, .440 3FG%, .676 FT%).
Miles Plumlee (Duke, F, 6-11, 225)
· Hailing from a family of basketball-playing brothers, Miles and his younger brothers Mason and Marshall were the third trio of brothers to play on the same college basketball team at the same time … considered an athletic big man with outstanding leaping ability (has a 36-inch vertical leap) and foot speed, Plumlee tallied 6.8 ppg and grabbed 7.1 rpg (.610 FG%, .632 FT%) in 34 games last season for the Blue Devils … his scored a season-high 17 in 19 minutes at Temple … born in Ft. Wayne, IN … CAREER TOTALS – 4.8 points, 4.8 rebounds (.556 FG%, .625 FT%).
Garrett Stutz (Wichita State, C, 7-0, 255)
· Had a breakout season in 2011-12, doubling his scoring and rebounding totals from his junior campaign with averages of 13.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg (.542 FG%, .303 3FG%, .821 FT%) in 32 games for the Shockers … had an impressive performance at the Portsmouth Invitational, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks to lead his squad to victory in the championship game of the PIT … scored a season-high 29 at Evansville and registered 10 double-doubles … hails from Kansas City, KS … CAREER TOTALS – 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds (.515 FG%, . 293 3FG%, .758 FT%).
Kevin Jones (West Virginia, F, 6-8, 268)
· Jones helped the Mountaineers to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance this past year, earning second-team AP All-America honors by averaging 19.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg and 1.2 apg (.509 FG%, .266 3FG%, .780 FT%) … he also racked up 21 double-doubles and 19 20-point scoring efforts in 2012, including a career-best 30 in WVU’s overtime win over Kansas State … along with his AP honor as a senior, Jones was named to the John Wooden, USBWA (2nd), NABC (2nd) and the Sporting News’ (3rd) All-America teams … he finished his career among West Virginia’s top five in scoring and rebounding … born in Mt. Vernon, NY … CAREER TOTALS – 13.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists (.494 FG%, .315 3FG%, .677 FT%).
Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure, F, 6-9, 240)
· The four-year performer was the 2012 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American after delivering 18.5 ppg and 8.4 rpg (.571 FG%, .434 3FG%, .776 FT%) … in his final season with the Bonnies, Nicholson became the first player in the history of the league to take home four straight Player of the Week honors … he had nine double-doubles and scored a season high 32 points on two occasions … he was born in Mississauga, Ontario … CAREER TOTALS – 17.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks (.575 FG%, .382 3FG%, .720 FT%).
Mike Scott (Virginia, F, 6-8, 237)
· Another four-year player, Scott was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third-team Sporting News and Basketball Times All-America selection in 2011-12 … established a school record by earning ACC Player of the Week honors a league-high four times last year – a single-season record for a UVA player … first in the conference in FG percentage, Scott posted 18.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg (.563 FG%, .808 FT%) in 32 games … in a March game at Maryland, he scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 boards in 44 minutes … his hometown is Chesapeake, VA … CAREER TOTALS – 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds (.521 FG%, . 364 3FG%, .775 FT%).
Royce White (Iowa State, F, 6-8, 270)
· White spent one season with the Cyclones after transferring from Minnesota … the sophomore was the unanimous Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and was recognized as a first-team All-Big 12 and a unanimous Big 12 All-Rookie Team selection … he was the only player in the nation to lead his team in the five major statistical categories last year – points (13.4), rebounding (9.3), assists (5.0), steals (1.1) and blocks (0.9) (.534 FG%, .333 3FG%, .498 FT%) … born in Minneapolis, MN … CAREER TOTALS – 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists (.534 FG%, .333 3FG%, .498 FT%).
Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt, C, 6-11, 255)
· Showed tremendous improvement over his four years at Vanderbilt, and following his junior year, Ezeli was named the nation’s most improved player by Yahoo Sports … he recorded 10.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks last year (.562 FG%, .604 FT%) … Ezeli blocked a school-record 87 shots as a junior … born in Begin City, Nigeria, his family moved to the U.S. in 2004 … had never player traditional organized basketball … CAREER TOTALS – 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks (.562 FG%, .584 FT%).
Scott Machado (Iona, G, 6-1, 180)
· The 2012 MAAC Player of the Year, Machado was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and Wooden Award after racking up 13.6 ppg, 9.9 apg, 4.9 apg and 1.6 spg (.495 FG%, .404 3FG%, .811 FT%) … he was also a two-time first-team All-MAAC performer who spent last summer playing for Brazil’s team in the World University Games … Machado finished the season with 11 double-doubles and scored a season-high 33 vs. Saint Joseph’s … hails from Queens, NY … CAREER TOTALS – 12.2 points, 6.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals (.429 FG%, .342 3FG%, .740 FT%).
Fab Melo (Syracuse, C, 7-0, 244)
· Brazilian-born big man was Big East Defensive Player of the Year at Syracuse as a sophomore last season … he ranked first on the team in rebounding (5.8), blocks (2.9) and field goal percentage (.566) last year, scoring 7.8 ppg … set a school record with 10 rejections vs. Seton Hall … In his freshman year, put in 2.3 ppg and 1.9 rpg, appearing in 33 contests … played for Brazil’s national team in the 2011 World University Games … CAREER TOTALS – 4.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks (.576 FG%, .553 FT%).
Henry Sims (Georgetown, F, 6-10, 245)
· Big man played in 121 games in his four years at Georgetown, and was named to the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament All-Tourney team following his senior season … last year, he led the Hoyas in blocks (1.4), was second in rebounding (6.0) and third in scoring (11.6) … the Baltimore native scored in double figures 21 times in 33 games, and had career-high 24 against Memphis … CAREER TOTALS – 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds (.479 FG%, .654 FT%).
Jae Crowder (Marquette, F, 6-6, 235)
· From Villa Rica, GA (Villa Rica HS), Crowder was the Big East Player of the Year last season at Marquette … earned Second-Team All-American honors from The Associated Press … averaged 17.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 spg and 2.1 apg (.498 FG%, .735 FT%) last year … scored in double-figures in 31 of 35 games … his father Corey Crowder starred at Carrolton High School before playing at Kentucky Wesleyan and 14 years overseas … CAREER TOTALS – 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds (.492 FG%, .683 FT%).
Moe Harkless (St. John’s, G/F, 6-8, 208)
· An early-entry candidate, Harkless entered the draft following his freshman year at St. John’s … the Big East Rookie of the Year, he averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.6 spg and 1.6 bpg, hitting .452 FGs and .676 FTs, while leading the team in minutes (36.1) … attended South Kent Prep in Connecticut after starting at Forest Hills High School in Queens, NY … CAREER TOTALS – 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals (.452 FG%, .676 FT%).
Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas, G, 6-3, 185)
· A four-year starter for the Jayhawks, Taylor amassed an outstanding 127-21 record with four Big 12 regular season titles, two Big 12 tourney championships, two NCAA Elite Eights and one Final Four … he was also a two-time Bob Cousy Award finalist in his final two seasons and earned first-team All-Conference performer as a senior after posting 16.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.3 spg in 39 games (.477 FG%, .382 3FG%, .688 FT%) … named to numerous 2012 All-America teams as either a third team or an honorable mention selection, Taylor had 13 games of 20 or more points last year … hails from Hoboken, NJ … CAREER TOTALS – 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 assists (.477 FG%, .370 3FG%, .708 FT%).
Tony Wroten (Washington, G, 6-5, 205)
· Made himself eligible for the NBA Draft following his freshman season at Washington last year … became the first Huskies freshman to earn First-Team All-Conference honors, and joined Detlef Schrempf (1985) as the only Washington player with 500 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists in a season … averaged 16.0 ppg, 3.7 apg and 1.9 spg, making .443 FGs and .583 FTs … his father Tony played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while his cousin is Golden State’s Nate Robinson … born in Seattle, WA … CAREER TOTALS – 16.0 points, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals (.443 FG%, .583 FT%).
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