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Today and tomorrow at the Attack Athletics facility on the West Side of Chicago near the United Center, the 2010 NBA Draft Combine will take place. Nearly all of the top prospects (53, to be exact) hoping to be selected in the 2010 NBA Draft, whether it’s in the first or second round, will interview with teams, participate in basketball drills, undergo athletic and medical testing, and much more. No competitive games, though. In any case, the combine will give every team in the NBA a chance to start getting a first-hand look at the prospects, given that they’ll watch the workouts and, as has been mentioned before, interview them to get to know more about a player’s personality. For two days, the prospects will also be available to the media throughout the late morning and early afternoon.
In today’s media session, I was able to speak with John Wall amongst the media, as well as talk with Dominique Jones one-on-one, James Anderson, Xavier Henry, Luke Babbitt, Jarvis Varnado one-on-one, Travis Booker one-on-one, and Solomon Alabi one-on-one.
Part I contains my questions for Jones, Anderson, Henry, and Babbitt.
How did your training go in Atlanta?
It’s good. It’s just where I’m based out of right now when I go to these workouts so I got the training down and everything is good.
A lot of people say that you’re style of play is very conducive to the NBA. Why is that?
I think that I’m strong and the contact is good, things like that. Getting to the basket and being able to knock down that wide-open shot, I think I can do that and I guess that’s where it translates at.
Specifically, what are you trying to improve in your game?
My ball-handling and getting inside the lane. I mean, I can get inside the lane basically wherever I want to go but keeping my ball-handling a little tight and my defense. I can defend but I just need to get it a little better.
What type of team would you like to play for? Up-tempo? Structured?
It don’t matter. I can go anywhere and play. I prefer an up-tempo team because then I can get up and down [the court] like I like to do.
Do you feel you’re an open-court player?
Yeah, that’s what I’m best at. Transition, open-court, off deflections, off defense, I’m the best at that.
Which teams have you worked out for?
Yeah, I’ve worked out for Boston, San Antonio, Washington, Indiana and Chicago.
The NBA is becoming more of a perimeter-oriented league. How do you think that will help you succeed as a player in the league?
Yeah, I think that’ll help me get to the basket more and make my drives a little easier so I can get that contact at the basket. I mean, I think it’ll affect me on defense too because I won’t be able to be as physical as I want but I’m satisfied with the rules so I like it.