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Wizards turn aggressive start into win over Rockets

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Wizards turn aggressive start into win over Rockets

Updated 9:10 AM ETLAS VEGAS Recapping the (mostly) highs and (charity strip shooting) low of the Wizards 76-70- win over the Houston Rockets in the Las Vegas Summer League Saturday night.Jump-startAfter a lackluster opening against Atlanta on Friday, the Wizards played a thoroughly energetic first half against Houston, resulting in a 48-31 halftime lead. Tone setting came via early aggressive offensive action from Chris Singleton and Bradley Beal, who again led the Wizards in scoring with 14 points. Before the first half ended, all the main options had their moments. We had a lot more energy today. Energy level was good, Wizards summer league head coach Sam Cassell said. Our main guys forced the tempo, rebounded the ball well today, passed the ball a little better."Shelvin Mack scored all of his 11 points in the first half, Jan Vesely again found success with his perimeter shot and Tomas Satoransky threw down one of two monster dunks while putting together a substantially better performance compared to game one. The lead ballooned to 25 points in the fourth quarter and then tightened after Cassell pulled his primary options.Overall, I was impressed, Cassell said. I got a chance to give a lot of guys playing time. It got a little close down the stretch, but I was proud of the guys today.All-around BealLeading scorer aspect aside, the poised rookie demonstrated the breadth of his game including as rebounder, passer and thinker.Today, myself, I just let the game come to me, said Beal, who had four assists. They were helping a lot on my drives, so I just found the open guy and started kicking the ball. I really wasnt worrying about scoring too much, because everybody can score on this team, so I was really just trying to get my teammates the ball.The third quarter, which was also hisfinal quarter,proved a microcosm of his night. With his parents watching court side, Beal scored nine points in that span, including a baseline dunk and putback off one of his three offensive rebounds. He also doled out a pretty no-look feed to Garett Siler for a dunk and throughout showed a comfort level whenever tasked with running the offense. It always is because either I can score for myself or somebody else is open, they can knock down the shots, Beal said of being in playmaking mode. Its always fun to be in that position, to be able to create for yourself and to be able to create for your teammates as well."Beal split his two 3-point attempts and is 2 of 5 through two games. The one box score downer, a 5 for 10 performance at the free throw line, which left the 19-year-old shaking his head during the postgame media session. Of course, after sinking 9 of 10 against the Hawks, Beal has reached the charity stripe a robust 20 times in two games.Hes getting 10 free throws a night, Cassell noted. If he continues that, Im pretty sure our whole staff will be happy with that.Mack attackMacks point-guarding day against the Rockets started along the same largely ineffective path he took versus the Hawks before his scoring touch emerged. What got him started? With Beal acting as the distributor, Mack took on the role of finisher, which ignited an assertive streakin all facets.You have to take what the defense gives you," said the rising second-year guard. "They stop me, pass the ball. If they dont stop me, keep going until someone stops the ball. Just continue to play on and off the ball and be aggressive.(Shelvins) getting a feel for itGetting a feel for how to be a point guard, said Cassell, the former NBA floor general. It was well played basketball by Shelvin Mack today. He can make shots, he can play off the ball, he can play on the ball. Everything went well today.Frontcourt...Singleton scored 10 points and often served as the team's loudest on-court voice, but according to Cassell, hisbest work came on the defensive end against the Rockets array of first-round forwards. "Hes doing a hell of a job defensively, being in the right position off the ball. Hes our best help side defender right now," Cassell said.Like Beal, Singleton's struggled at the foul line (4 of 9). The Wizards shot 53.3 percent (16 of 30).After draining three perimeter shots against the Hawks, Vesely made both of outside attempts, 4 of 6 overall and finished with eight points. One of the misses, another dunk, his third of the summer league. And since you were wondering, only three personal fouls after picking up 10 on Friday.The duo combined for seven rebounds, but collectively the Wizards hammered the Rockets on the glass, finishing with a 42-31 advantage.EtcSatoransky scored 11 points of the bench with the highlights coming on a dribble-drive dunk in the open court and jamming home a perfectly thrown alley-oop pass from Steven GrayThe Wizards onlookers included Jordan Crawford, Trevor Booker, Cartier Martin and Emeka OkaforRockets rookie guard Jeremy Lamb, the 12th overall pick, led all scored with 26 pointsReserves Jeff Brooks (nine rebounds), Garrett Siler and Gray each scored six points. Washington plays its third game in three days Sunday against the NBA Developmental League Al-Stars.

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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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