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Wizards host good options for second round pick in Frank Mason III and Tyler Dorsey

Wizards host good options for second round pick in Frank Mason III and Tyler Dorsey

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."

[RELATED: 5 things to know about Wizards' draft prospect Frank Mason III]

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."

[RELATED: 5 things to know about Wizards' draft prospect Tyler Dorsey]

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.

[RELATED: Wizards' predraft workout group features NCAA Tournament stars]


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Former Hoya great Jeff Green says slow your roll on Mac McClung

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Former Hoya great Jeff Green says slow your roll on Mac McClung

Through three games as a freshman for the Georgetown Hoyas, Mac McClung has lived up to his hype as a social media sensation, at least when it comes to his ability to wow crowds with high-flying dunks. 

McClung has a long way to go to become a true star in college basketball, but the kid can fly. Already, he has provided several viral highlights.

Wizards forward Jeff Green is one of the best players in Georgetown's decorated basketball history, and on Wednesday after shootaround, he weighed in on McClung's flashy start.

Green, now an 11-year NBA veteran, spoke from the perspective of a guy who's been around the block. He says people should calm down a bit and wait to see what McClung becomes.

"Yeah. I've seen a lot of him. The guy has been great, but it's not just him. I think because of the internet people have just focused on him," Green said. 

Green went on to reference McClung's famous YouTube mixtapes some more.

"It's just the way the world is. People are focused on the internet and he's all over the internet and that's all you think about. They have a good collection of guys," he said. "Georgetown is a team. It's not just one person." 

Now, just because Green was downplaying the hype for McClung, who last year set the Virginia state high school scoring record, and did so by passing former Hoya great Allen Iverson, doesn't mean he isn't a fan. Green thinks McClung has a chance to be really good and probably far surpass his three-star recruiting grade.

"It's not hype. The kid is good," Green said. "You can't put these expectations. What have people been calling him? White Iverson. There's no other player that's gonna be Allen Iverson. He's gonna be who he's gonna be."

Green gave a further explanation that seemed to suggest the word 'expectations' had struck a cord. Green himself was a three-star recruit and went on to exceed that grade by becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

"People put expectations on other people and then when they don't grow into those expectations, in their eyes he's a bad player. You can't do that. Let him grow into what he's going to be and then you define him," Green said.

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3 things to watch for improved Wizards vs. Cavs

3 things to watch for improved Wizards vs. Cavs

The Washington Wizards still have John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. The Cleveland Cavaliers no longer employ LeBron James. That makes Wednesday’s first meeting of the season between the Eastern Conference foes curious. The radical change for the visitors also requires a preview. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. 

Here are three things to watch...

Sustaining the surge

Monday’s 117-109 victory over the Orlando Magic extended the Wizards’ winning streak to a season-high two. Don't knock the modest uptick after a 2-9 start. John Wall’s stat line took a big leap over the last three games: 24.0 points, 10.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 45.5 percent on 3-pointers. Beyond the numbers, the point guard appears to have knocked off the remaining rust physically. We’re used to his aggressive end-to-end pushes, but now Wall is firing up the court immediately after makes or misses, helping Washington quickly enter its offensive sets. Another strong outing from the five-time All-Star could propel the Wizards to their first three-game winning streak since Feb. 10-22.

Bench support

Starters Wall, Beal, Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris had solid games against the Magic, but it was the Wizards’ second unit playing above previous season norms. All five reserves finished with a plus-minus of plus-8 or better. Jeff Green continued his sizzling shooting, sinking 4 of 5 from beyond the arc en route to 18 points. The 6-foot-9 forward is 9 of 13 from beyond the arc overall during the last four games, and 21 of 28 overall. Backcourt partners Austin Rivers and Tomas Satoransky, slow to develop chemistry this season, showed increased comfort during the winning streak. Washington needs more from the pair to help keep minutes for Wall and Beal at reasonable levels. That Green and Rivers, in particular, have provided steady help has contributed to Porter sitting out the fourth quarter in three consecutive games.

Cleveland doesn’t rock

From four consecutive NBA Finals appearances to the NBA’s worst record (2-11, tied with Phoenix). Yeah, the Cavaliers miss LeBron James just a little. They also are down Kevin Love (toe surgery), leaving Jordan Clarkson (15.2) and Rodney Hood (12.9) as Cleveland’s top scorers. That’s not ideal. The Cavaliers are 27th in scoring (103.3) while giving up 113.1 points per game, which is better than Washington’s league-worst 118.5. Rookie point guard Collin Sexton, the No. 8 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, is filling in for the injured George Hill. Sexton is averaging 17.0 points over the last three games.