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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Arthur, Kaun, Rush attend first NBA workouts

Kansas University's Brandon Rush, left, and Darrell Arthur, center, and coach Bill Self talk with media members. At a news conference Thursday at Hadl Auditorium, Rush and Arthur announced they would enter the NBA Draft.

Kansas University's Brandon Rush, left, and Darrell Arthur, center, and coach Bill Self talk with media members. At a news conference Thursday at Hadl Auditorium, Rush and Arthur announced they would enter the NBA Draft.

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Darrell Arthur was not overly impressed with his play in his first individual workout for an NBA team.

"I don't think I guarded well. I think guys got to the basket on me anytime they wanted to, so I've just got to get back and work out. I know what to expect now. I'm glad I got the first one out of the way," Arthur, Kansas University's 6-foot-9 forward, told northjersey.com after Wednesday's session with the New Jersey Nets.

Nets' general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said Arthur actually had a productive workout.

"He's a very athletic kid. He competed exceptionally well today. He's a good shooter," Vandeweghe told northjersey.com. "You're going to see whether he's going to be a 3 (small forward) or 4 (power forward) in the league. That will determine sort of where he goes in the draft."

If Arthur can prove he's a 3, he'd ostensibly have more value because of his size advantage.

Arthur, who last week said he'd decided to sign with an agent and keep his name in the 2008 NBA Draft, will work out for the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.

KU's Sasha Kaun worked out for the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

"I'm trying to come in and talk to the team's staff and get to know their personality as well as talk to the coach and stuff like that. I've got to show my work ethic on the court," the 6-foot-11 Kaun told Pacers.com.

Kaun will work out for the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Guard/forward Brandon Rush worked out for the Orlando Magic on Wednesday and will be in Toronto today and New Jersey on Friday. Forward Darnell Jackson will work out in Washington today and Chicago on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

funkitect 14 years, 2 months ago

where is chalmers? why isn't he working out with teams? i certainly hope he isn't putting all his eggs in the san antonio basket....

Michael Ales 14 years, 2 months ago

What about Mario? Seems he is not considered a first rounder. Come back Mario, next year's draft is short on guards.

KGphoto 14 years, 2 months ago

I think he compares to Antonio McDyess in Detroit. Even though Detroit calls McDyess a center. He mostly takes close to midrange jumpers and takes advantage of his height from there, on defense too. Both have long arms and swift post moves for short drives to the hoop, or fade aways. Both run the floor and play smart defense. He needs more range to be the 3, and I'm not sure he has that. He's a 4.And if Kiki says he did well, he must have done well.

actorman 14 years, 2 months ago

Good question about Mario. I hadn't thought about it, but it is interesting that you never really hear about him working out for anyone.

TheTruth08 14 years, 2 months ago

Mario seriously needs to work out and show what he can do if he wants to impress a team and get drafted in the first round. I have no idea what he's doing. Rush and Arthur have more to lose than he does. They can't come back, but they're taking the chance and working out. Mario needs to work out! He needs to give himself a chance!

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