Most of the NBA draft prospects the Wizards have hosted or plan to host are unlikely options for their 52nd pick in the second round. On Monday, however, they worked out two players that are strong candidates for that selection, if they are still available when the Wizards are on the clock that is.
Those would be guards Frank Mason III of Kansas and Tyler Dorsey of Oregon, two distinctly different players who could both fill needs on the Wizards' roster. They have a void at the backup guard position behind both point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal. Both Mason and Dorsey would both fit the bill as scoring options.
Mason, 23, is a point guard and the bigger name. He grew up less than two hours away down I-95 in Petersburg, Va. After starring at two Virginia high schools, he went on to become one of the more decorated guards in Kansas' storied history. He was named the national player of the year for the 2016-17 campaign and is the only Jayhawk to average at least 20 points and five assists in a season.
On Monday, Mason hoped to show the Wizards his diverse skillset.
"Just how consistently I shoot the ball, my play-making skills, my toughness and my defensive mindset; taking pride in just trying to get a stop on every possession," he said. "I don't have to tell them about my toughness because they see that."
Mason, who played with Wizards forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. at Kansas and considers him a good friend, sat down with team president Ernie Grunfeld after his workout. Grunfeld didn't get a chance to interview him at the NBA draft combine in May. Mason said there were a lot of questions about his background. He has a unique family situation with a six-year-old son he has raised all while working towards his dream of playing in the NBA.
Mason averaged 20.9 points per game and shot 47.1 percent from three as a senior. He thinks his outside shooting will translate well to the NBA.
"Ever since I've been shooting from the NBA line, it's been pretty consistent. Over the summer, before I headed into my senior year, I was making 250 threes a day. I think it really paid off heading into all these workouts," he said.
Dorsey, 21, is also a three-point threat. He shot 42.3 percent from long range as a sophomore at Oregon and thinks that is a big selling point for him entering the draft.
"I definitely focus on that a lot when I'm in the gym. I think that's one of my strengths, catching and shooting and off the dribble," he said. "Teams do like that. As you see the league now, shooting is very key to winning."
Dorsey played a lot of combo guard with the Ducks, which should sound good to the Wizards who need help at both backup guard positions, whether that comes through the draft or internally from Tomas Satoransky or Sheldon Mac.
Dorsey takes pride in being able to play both positions on each end of the floor.
"I can guard a smaller guard like Frank Mason, but also guard a guard with length," he said. I've been playing combo guard my whole career. I played on the ball and off the ball. Whatever the team needed me to do, I did. I think I'm comfortable playing the one."
Both Mason and Dorsey could be gone by the time the Wizards pick. But each player wouldn't mind joining a team like the Wizards and playing with Wall and Beal.
"I think I can complement both of them. They both play on the ball and off the ball," Dorsey said. "I definitely can complement them on the floor."
"Two really good guards. It would be great to play along with those two," Mason said.
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