Wizards Hold Second Pre-Draft Workout

Frank Mason III
University of Kansas guard Frank Mason III speaks with reporters after a pre-draft workout with the Washington Wizards on June 5. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Frank Mason III stood in a three-point stance behind the 3-point line while Tyler Dorsey defended him.

Mason pulled up and drained the long-distance jumper to end one-on-one drills Monday at Verizon Center in D.C.

Mason, a standout point guard at the University of Kanas, and Dorsey, a shooting guard from the University of Oregon, joined four other former college players who decided to enter the June 22 NBA draft to participate in the Washington Wizards’ pre-draft workout.

Washington’s lone draft pick (no. 52) comes in the second round, having traded away this year’s first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in the deal that brought Bojan Bogdanovic to the Wizards. The team seeks to add more depth on the bench, particularly a backup for All-Star point guard John Wall.

Tyler Dorsey
University of Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey speaks with reporters after a pre-draft workout with the Washington Wizards on June 5. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

The other four players who participated in Monday’s workout were Isaac Humphries, a 7-foot center from the University of Kentucky; Moses Kingsley, a 6-10 forward who played at the University of Arkansas; Ben Moore, a 6-foot-8 forward from Southern Methodist University in Dallas; and Michael Young, a 6-9 forward from the University of Pittsburgh. Of the six, only Dorsey and Humphries are underclassmen.

One of the main points of evaluation during the workout with the Wizards’ coaching staff was conditioning.

“As players, you have to play when you’re really fatigued,” said Mason, 23, who will leave the District and work out for the Brooklyn Nets later Monday. “It was a hard workout, but we all got through it and I think we all had a fun time.”

Mason, of Petersburg, Virginia, stands only 5-11, but led the Jayhawks at nearly 21 points and five assists per game in his senior season. He led the team to a 31-5 record and its 13th straight regular-season Big 12 title, but the team lost to Oregon in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament.

Dorsey, who turns 21 on Aug. 18, left Oregon after his sophomore season and averaged almost 15 points per game.

The 6-foot-4 guard helped the team advance to the Final Four in April before losing to eventual tournament champion, North Carolina.

Besides the fast-pace work from the Wizards coaches, Dorsey said he’s learning about the NBA travel schedule, having already worked out for eight teams.

“You go [from] city to city and getting a day’s rest sometimes, so just taking care of my body and just staying in the gym,” he said.

The Wizards held its first training session last week with six other college players including former Maryland Terrapins guard and D.C.-area native Melo Trimble. The team plan to work out six more college players Tuesday, including D.C.-area native and Villanova University forward Kris Jenkins.

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