Later this month the Washington Wizards will take part in the 2012 NBA draft. Currently the owner of picks 3 and 32, the franchise could go in almost any direction with those selections. The prevailing belief is that even afterWednesday's tradeforsmall forward Trevor Ariza - plus center Emeka Okafor - upgrading the team's perimeter weapons remainsa must this offseason. Few would knock more interior help even with the intriguing core of Nene, Okafor and kids.
Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players the Wizards might target in both the first and second round. Seeing as he worked out for the Wizards on Thursday, up next is Georgetown center Henry Sims.
Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. More to come before the June 28 draft in Newark.Henry Sims
GeorgetownDraft Express overall ranking: No. 65HeightWeight: 6-11, 241 lbsKey stats: 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks during the 2011-12 seasonThe player: After slumbering through his first three seasons at Georgetown, thehigh-IQ big man awoke for a productive and at times standoutsenior campaignfor the Hoyas. Known as a heady passer from the high or low post - he led the Hoyas with 3.5 assists per game-, Sims showed off an array of scoring moves from those spots as well.Defensively and on the boards, the near 7-footer from Baltimore uses his impressive wingspan to cover up for not being the most athletic of frontcourt options.
The fit:Obviously the Wizards frontcourt just became a little more crowded this week, but you can never haveenough height. Plus,both Emeka Okafor and Nene havemissed stretches of games in recent years with injuries. Sims' passing mentality could makefor a nice fit in the middle off the offense especially if the Wizards bring players with a scoring knack (Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin) off the bench.Also no issues froma team chemistry standpoint with the gregarious and big smiling big man.Sims on Sims(quotesfollowing Thursday's workout):(On what he hopes to show teams during the lengthy workout process): "That was in shape, that I can shoot the ball, that I can make plays."(On being afforded the opportunity to work out for teams): "It feels good to be in this position. If this had been two years ago, this wouldn't be the case. I think this is a testament to my hard work." (On specific feedback from teams): "My ability to make plays. A lot of people saw the Princeton offense. They thought it was just the offense that I was able to do that. But I can make plays, I can put the ball on the floor outside the offense. I can do a lot of things our offense didn't allow."(On his passing ability helping him standout among the prospects): "It's definitely a skill coaches like. It's definitely a skill I embrace as well, cause I like to pass the ball, I like to be a facilitator."(On what he's hearing about his draft range): :I'm not asking. We won't know until next Thursday."The analysis:NBA scout, as told to CSNwashington: "Ill give Henry Sims credit; I didnt think he could play at all up until this past season. He really improved like 100 percent over what I saw over the last couple of years. He was clumsy, unorthodox. This year he really settled into that post position. Played well, great passer. Maybe he can sneak into the second round, but I didnt think he would be a prospect at all before this year."The summation: For those prospects lackingthe high upside teams covet, being strong in at least one area is crucial. Sims' passing will get him notice and at least one analyst calls him a "sleeper" and a "potential second-round steal".Even though the Wizardsfrontcourt is now a crowded group, adding size and skillis never a bad thing. More draft profilesKris JosephTomas SatoranskyBradley BealMichael Kidd-GilchristDarius MillerFestus EzeliJeremy LambAndre DrummondThomas RobinsonHarrison BarnesBen Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at email@example.com, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.