- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 2, 2011

As the Wizards concluded their Thursday morning pre-draft workout, the players and coaches gathered in a circle at center court, where coach Flip Saunders gave the players one word of advice — conditioning.

The Wizards put six more players through their workout paces, including Georgetown guard Austin Freeman, and Illinois forward Mike Davis, an Alexandria native.

Thursday’s draft participants:

• Talor Battle, a 6-foot, 170-pound guard from Penn State. Battle averaged 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists, and was voted first-team All-Big Ten his senior year.


Mike Davis, a 6-9, 225-pound forward from Illinois. A graduate of Alexandria’s T.C. Williams high school, Davis averaged 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds his senior year.

• Papa Dia, a 6-9 235-pound forward from SMU. Dia averaged 18.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game his senior year.

Austin Freeman, a 6-3 235-pound guard from Georgetown. A DeMatha grad, Freeman averaged a team-high 17.6 points for the Hoyas his senior year.

• Justin Hurtt, a 6-4, 201-pound guard from Tulsa. Hurtt averaged of 20.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game his senior year.

• Ravern Johnson, a 6-7, 175-pound guard from Mississippi St. Johnson averaged 17.6 points and 3.6 rebounds his senior year.

Freeman, projected as a second-round pick, said he’d love to play for the hometown team, but will be happy just to be drafted.

“I want to show teams I can score the ball and that I can shoot,” Freeman said.

Diagnosed with diabetes last year, Freeman calls his condition just something he has to deal with.

“I’m working out with a trainer and I’ve changed what I eat,” he said. “That’s what I need to do if I want to play in this league.”

To any general manager concerned about selecting him, Freeman said there’s no reason to be.

“I have it under control, and it’s not affecting me,” he said.

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