Friday, June 18, 2004

Today, the Washington Wizards will conduct workouts of two players — Duke freshman forward Luol Deng and Peoria, Ill., high school point guard Shaun Livingston — either of whom they could select with the No.5 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

During his one season with the Blue Devils, Deng was Duke’s second-leading scorer (15.1) and rebounder (6.9). The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Deng led league rookies in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage (.475). He was named ACC Rookie of the Week six times, tying for second-most in league history.

At 6-7 but a rail-thin 186 pounds, Livingston could be the first point guard taken in the draft. Some mock drafts have him going as high as No.4 to Charlotte. Livingston is athletic but there are questions about his strength. At the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, Livingston could not complete one 135-pound bench press.

The Wizards will also look at Tony Allen (Oklahoma State) and Rickey Paulding (Missouri).

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