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Oubre 'isn't enamored' with stars, not even Kevin Durant

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Oubre 'isn't enamored' with stars, not even Kevin Durant

So Kelly Oubre knows Kevin Durant, a 2016 free-agent target for the Wizards. So what? The confidence oozes from the No. 15 overall pick in the NBA draft. He makes a point to not get too carried away with reverence of future opponents. 

"We're competitors. I go against him," Oubre said in explaining his relationship with the 2013-14 league MVP and multi-time scoring champion of the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I'm not enamored with who he is. He's Kevin Durant. I'm Kelly Oubre. I'm my own person. We go at each other we compete at a high level. At camps, I've been knowing him since I was in high school. He's always, 'What's up, I respect your game.' It's a mutual respect-type deal. We just kept it on that level. Showed love."

Durant posted this on Instagram about Oubre and welcomed his "homeboy" to the "big boy league."

Oubre is a 6-7 two-way player who is projected to need some seasoning to realize his full potential. He was a top 10 player coming out of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) but he started slow start in his only season with the Kansas Jayhawks. What was most important, however, was his strong finish.

"I had a lot of guys go in front of me I know I'm better than," Oubre said of the other 14 players picked in the lottery. "I'm pretty confident I can say that."

Oubre was introduced at Verizon Center on Friday and was flanked by Wizards coach Randy Wittman and president Ernie Grunfeld, both of whom believe he will take time to acclimate to the NBA. One of his college coaches at Kansas, assistant Kurt Townsend, told CSNwashington.com that Oubre would need about two years. Oubre is already pushing the envelope.

"I have a burning sensation in my heart to be good at what I do, or even great," said Oubre. "So I'm going to work. I have 100 percent confidence that I can fulfill my potential at the next level."

The Wizards see Oubre's attitude, upbringing and hard-nosed work ethic as icing on the cake. Oubre was humbled at Kansas when he initially didn't start and appeared to fall short of the "next Andrew Wiggins" label. But the way he handled constructive criticism and responded was the key when adding in his physical gifts such as a 7-2 wingspan.

"I don't determine playing time. These guys determine playing time. I'm going to play guys that deserve to play, that show they're ready to play. I want that," Wittman said of Oubre's determination to be ready sooner than expected. "You never know the situation. It's different. You can go down the line. John Wall and Bradley Beal proved that they were ready to go right away. Otto Porter took a year. ... If he's ready to play, he's going to play. If not, we're going to work with him.

"That's not this make or break on what this kid is going go end up being. (It's not about) what he does his first year in the league."

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Michigan star Moe Wagner after his workout with the Wizards.

Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their impressions of the first prospects to come in for pre-draft workouts, including which guys are most likely to be Wizards. One of those prospects is a point guard and a likely first round pick. Chase and Chris explain why that's not a crazy idea, even considering the presence of John Wall on their roster.

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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