D.C. native and future Wizards hopeful Thomas Robinson workout out for the Wizards on Wednesday, and said he’d welcome the challenge of playing at home, if the Wizards should choose to take him with the number three overall pick.
“It’s a challenge that I want to take on, to play at home,” Robinson said.
“Being a kid growing up here, I’ve always been a Wizards fan. This is a dream to be right here right now. If I want to get to the top of this league, I want to take on the challenge to come to this team and help them get over that hump.”
The 6-foot-9 power forward from Kansas was the Big 12 Player of the Year, and with all due respect to Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, thinks he [Robinson] is the best player in the draft.
“As far as being prepared for the league, I think I am the best player in the draft,” Robinson said.
“That’s just me being a competitor, not to take anything away from Anthony Davis. He’s a great player.”
On Thursday, Georgetown product Hollis Thompson and Florida’s Bradley Beal got their chance to showcase their skills. Beal, a 6-foot-3 guard, said he’d love a chance to run the floor with John Wall.
“I would love it because he loves to play fast and I believe their style of play is pretty quick,” Beal said.
“Thats the style of play I want to play. I love to get up and down, pressure on defense and get after the offense on the fast break so I think he would be a pretty good guy to play with.”
Listed on some boards at 6-foot-5, Beal joked about his height at the Chicago combine that perhaps he was really 5-foot-8.
“I’m close to 6-foot-5. I’m like 6-4 and ¾, so I guess I had a growth spurt over the past couple of days,” Beal joked.
Thompson has been through the draft process before, so he feels a bit better prepared for it this time around.
“When you first step out on the court, there’s a lot of people looking at you that aren’t fans, but I did that last year, so I’m kind of used to it,” Thompson said.
“I’m hearing I could go anywhere from late first to late second round, so I have to keep doing well in these workouts.”
Kentucky guard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is due to workout for the Wizards on Friday.