On Saturday, the Washington Wizards hosted former two-year Duke basketball center Mark Williams for an individual pre-draft workout.
It was his fifth and final audition for an NBA franchise. Previously, he visited the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls.
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Following the workout for the Wizards — but with onlookers still hanging around — Williams stayed on the court and warmed up his 3-point stroke. Check out the tweeted video, courtesy of Hoop District, showing the 7-foot-1, 245-pound reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year go a respectable 11-for-20 from downtown:
Williams attempted only one shot from 3-point land for the Blue Devils last season, and it was a miss. However, the former five-star recruit from Virginia Beach, Va., went 1-for-1 beyond the arc in the Blue-White scrimmages at Countdown to Craziness in October.
Sure, his 3-point attempts in the above video are all unguarded and of the catch-and-shoot variety. But consider that those are likely the only type Williams would ever take in an NBA game.
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So maybe it is a fair gauge of the damage he could eventually do from long distance at the next level. He could at least keep defenders honest.
A record-setting Duke basketball wingspan on full display
Although Mark Williams’ shooting form from deep isn’t exactly textbook, it’s about as smooth as one could expect from a guy who has a Duke-record 7-foot-7 wingspan.
Speaking of that wingspan, the Blue Devils revealed a giant new addition to their weight room on Saturday that honors their NBA-bound giant:
The Wizards pick No. 10 at Thursday’s NBA Draft. That’s near where Williams appears on most mock drafts and big boards.
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