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Four potential first round picks at Wizards Tuesday


Four potential first round picks at Wizards Tuesday

Georgia State guard and NCAA Tournament hero R.J. Hunter headlines what is likely the Wizards' final pre-draft workout Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Three other potential first round picks - UNLV forward Christian Wood, Stanford swingman Anthony Brown, French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh -, are also expected at the six-player session.

The 6-foot-6 Hunter averaged 19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.2 made 3-pointers during his junior season. Armed with deep shooting range and high basketball instincts, the wing threat was twice named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. He gained national attention for his game-winning shot in Georgia State's upset win over Baylor that knocked his coaching father to the ground.

Wood averaged 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. The versatile 6-foot-11 forward offers versatility and upside, but he might need more seasoning before making an impact in the league.

Brown, a 6-foot-7 senior, is a recent riser in the mock draft world. He averaged 14.8 points and shot 44% on 3-point attempts last season.

DraftExpress.com ranks Wood (25), Hunter (26), Brown (27) and the 6-foot-11 Jaiteh (37) among the top 40 prospects. Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (50) and St. John's guard Sir'Dominic Pointer round out the group.

Washington owns the 19th and 49th overall picks in the June 25 NBA Draft. 


The Wizards will work out dozens of prospects ahead of the draft. Therefore it makes sense to track them throughout the process. 

While their needs could change depending on moves in free agency, the Wizards are in the market for big men depth, backup point guard of the future and a ball-handling scoring threat off the bench.

In addition to listing basic information for the prospects below, we've added the player's slot on DraftExpress.com's list of the top 100 prospects plus additional draft links to CSNwashington.com articles, including the latest NBA mock draft and pre-draft profiles.

June 22 - C Ziga Dimec (Slovenia), F Duje Dukan (Wisconsin), Kevon Looney (F, 6-9, UCLA), G Jesse Morgan (Temple), C Youssou Ndoye (St. Bonaventure) and G Norman Powell (UCLA). 

June 18 Justin Anderson (F/G, 6-6, Virginia), Derek Cooke Jr. (F, 6-9, Wyoming/Friendly HS), Maxie Esho (F, 6-8, UMass/Wise HS), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (F, 6-7, Arizona), Jordan Mickey (F, 6-8, LSU), Aaron White (F, 6-8, Iowa) 

June 15 - Ousmane Drame (F, 6-8, Quinnipiac), Tyler Harvey (G, 6-4, Eastern Washington), Rashad Madden (G, 6-5, Arkansas), Bobby Portis (F, 6-10, Arkansas), Jordan Sibert (; Green Bay G Keifer Sykes

June 11 - Brandon Ashley (F, 6-9, Arizona), Corey Hawkins (G, 6-3, UC Davis), David Laury (F, 6-9) Iona), Nikola Radicevic (F, 6-9, Serbia), Rashad Vaughn (G, 6-5, UNLV)Dez Wells (G, 6-4, Maryland)

June 10 -Traevon Jackson (G, 6-3, Wisconsin), Antoine Mason (G, 6-1, Auburn) , Gabriel Olaseni (C, 6-10, Iowa), M.J. Rhett (F, 6-9, Ole Miss), Satnam Singh (C, 7-2, India), Maurice Walker (F, 6-10, Minnesota). 

June 2 - Dallin Bachynski (C,  7-0, Utah), Will Cummings (G, 6-2, Temple), Amere May (G, 6-1, Delaware State), Jaleel Roberts (C, 7-0, UNC Asheville), Marcus Thornton (G, 6-4, William & Mary), Jarvis Threatt (G, 6-2, D-League/Delaware)

June 1 - Jerian Grant (Notre Dame, PG, 6-5); Darian Hooker (G, NYIT, 6-1); Cady Lalanne (C, Massachusetts, 6-10); Stefan Nastic (C, Stanford, 6-11); Juwan Staten (G, West Virginia, 6-1); Delon Wright (PG, Utah, 6-5)

MORE WIZARDS: NBA Mock Draft 7.0: The thinking man's version

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 


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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow.