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  • if you could just list the teams that you worked out for And that can help to limit some of the other questions that you might have.

  • Just the teams you worked out for, Maybe interviewed for it.

  • Either way, uh, I've only worked out for Golden State, Minnesota and Cavaliers Interviews, additional interviews, Um, interviewed with those teams and also New York.

  • Um, Phoenix, San Antonio, Washington.

  • Um, Chicago, Atlanta.

  • Appreciate it.

  • Wrong.

  • All right, we're going to move to Darnell Mayberry.

  • Hey, thanks for doing this, man.

  • I'm in Chicago.

  • Um, I'm curious to know how you think you might fit with the bulls if they drafted you it for and then also what do you think separate yourself from the rest of the class I applied.

  • I could fit in with the Bulls by just bringing a winning culture that I have and also just coming in and being a two way player.

  • You know, stopping the best teams player and also going out on the offensive end and contributing on that and not like what separates me from everybody else in this draft is just my willing to win my willing to do anything to help the team win coming in and just playing my role into being a defensive player.

  • Thank you.

  • All right, we're going to move.

  • Thio, Martin Z Johnson.

  • Isaac.

  • Um, uh, there could be a record setting amount of players with Nigerian ancestry drafted next week.

  • How does it feel to be a part of what could be a special draft for Africa's most populous country?

  • I mean, it's gonna be very special, You know, there's a lot of Nigerians that actually know how to play basketball.

  • I really good at basketball and not at the world's gonna get put on notice out there a lot.

  • There are a lot of Nigerians.

  • I feel like it's a special thing.

  • And And how the successes of life Yana, Santa Huambo, Victor Oladipo go back toe became Elijah on How has that impacted you?

  • A za Nigerian American trying to make it into the league.

  • I mean, it's just is motivation and just seeing that they're able Thio, get to where you wanna be at motivates you everyday toe, go out there and try toe be there, too.

  • Thank you.

  • Who have said Julian Mel Platt.

  • Hey, he's like, how are you doing good about you.

  • Thank you.

  • Great.

  • Eso I wanted to know you're expected to be one of the the the N B A draft best defenders of this year.

  • But on the offensive end, what do you think you're gonna bring to an N b A team?

  • Some can be quiet about your shoot.

  • So what kind of player do you want to be in a fence on N b A.

  • And do you think that your offense is developed?

  • Uh, I'm just trying to be all around player willing, do anything on the offensive and Andy and help my team win.

  • I feel like I can contribute on offense and by attacking the rim drawing contact and get to the free throw line.

  • And also just driving and, uh, find open teammates, I think.

  • Great.

  • Yeah, I will move toe Elder Elmo.

  • Hi.

  • Thank you for doing this.

  • Uh, can you tell us what are the biggest takeaways from this whole drub drub process and let him see the end of things you have left with?

  • I can't quite hear you thinking microfracture.

  • Tell us that your biggest date away from the meetings you had with the teams and the things who work for working outfit.

  • I still can't hear You can hear me now.

  • Yeah, I heard you a little bit.

  • Yeah.

  • I'm asking if what's your biggest take away from the team meeting CPAC.

  • Oh, um my biggest take away is just just all the teams.

  • Just tell me how fast the process is gonna go after draft day.

  • But how?

  • Next day you're just getting shipped off to where you're going.

  • Just how fast process to go about just working out the team and training camp acting and how fast this season is.

  • Good to go.

  • Thank you.

  • All right, we'll move to Spencer Davies.

  • Hey.

  • I was like, I was just kind of curious.

  • What?

  • At the next level, do you anticipate it's gonna be your biggest challenge?

  • And then what part of your game do you feel like?

  • Well, translate easily.

  • I mean, obviously you're a great defender in your length is gonna be great for the versatility aspect, but, uh, just kind of curious about the challenges that is gonna come to you.

  • And what will translate you?

  • Easiest.

  • I feel like just coming into the MBA, you've got the learn, The pace of the NBA, you know, is way different from high school and college.

  • So just coming in and just learn the pace from the embassy probably be the biggest challenge.

  • And I feel like my first step into the N b a.

  • Just playing defense is gonna be something I'm gonna be good at already.

  • Right.

  • Next.

  • We got Jonathan Makary.

  • Hey, Isaac.

  • Thanks so much for doing this, man.

  • And congratulations on everything.

  • Um, I was speaking of Coach Flanagan a few weeks ago when he said that he walks in in the morning in Auburn and you're already there working out 7:30 a.m. Have you been focusing on working on anything in particular?

  • Um, in your game and all the time that you've had off preparing for the draft.

  • I've just been working on all aspects of my game.

  • No ball handling, shooting, just slides on defense, just playing pickup games on the weekends with the team down there.

  • Probably 51 on 1.

  • 22 is working on all aspects of my game and trying to polish everything.

  • Okay.

  • Thank you.

  • Well, are we going to move to Dwayne ranking?

  • Thanks.

  • Appreciate it.

  • Isaac.

  • Obviously another guy.

  • It's not gonna be a lot of SEC guys drafted one of them being Aaron Nesbit.

  • You guys had a great game with Vanderbilt in that matchup, but what do you What do you see in his game that you feel like we'll be affected for him at that?

  • At that next level?

  • I feel like it was really good at kind off down pins and shooting threes and just, you know, coming off screens to shoot threes and creating space off the dribble and just to follow up.

  • You said you talked with the sons, didn't do a workout with them.

  • I got How could you see yourself fitting in with them?

  • And how was that conversation with Phoenix?

  • I could see myself in them with Phoenix just by again, coming in and just being having that defensive presence, because that's what really every team liked about me was just coming in and having a defensive presence and being willing to guard the other team's best player and shutting them down and interview went very well again.

  • They just want to learn, learn me as a person and just, uh, as a player.

  • Thank you, sir.

  • Appreciate it.

  • Sorry, Chris Miller.

  • Thanks.

  • Appreciate that.

  • Isaac, You said you interviewed with the wizards.

  • Uh, in terms of your study of that organization, what would it be like to play with two are two guys that are already established as stars in Wall and Beal.

  • Uh, it would be great, Honestly.

  • No.

  • Going into a veteran team like that with John Wall and Bradley.

  • Bill, I feel like they would help me learn as a player coming in that rookie and benefit me in the future.

  • And I'm interested to know Could you play with them?

  • You know, maybe is A is a three.

  • How do you see?

  • Kind of like playing with a backcourt like that?

  • Yeah.

  • I could see myself playing as a three and, uh, you know, just playing defense and running in transition and getting an easy, fast break point.

  • Appreciate that, man.

  • Best of luck to, you know, right next.

  • Kevin O Connor.

  • Yeah.

  • I was like, you were asked a little bit ago about your overall offense, and you mentioned attacking close outs and passing and those were things.

  • You're definitely It's really underrated and really good at, You know, with the Jumper I'm curious, you know?

  • How would you grade where your jumper was during the college season?

  • And how would you grade it where it is now?

  • And what's the difference in what changed between then and now?

  • I would say during the college season it was probably like a C plus, but I feel like right now I've been working every day, just putting up a lot of shots.

  • And I feel like right now it's around like a B plus a.

  • I feel like just taking more time with my jump shot and just being mawr.

  • Do it with it.

  • Just learning how to get the ball higher.

  • No, during the college season, that's got a lot of flat balls.

  • But I'm just learning right now.

  • Just toe yeah, high and get a hierarchy on it.

  • Next.

  • Chris!

  • Fedor.

  • Hey, Isaac.

  • Thanks for doing this, man.

  • So I'm here in Cleveland and you worked out for the Cavs.

  • What do you feel like?

  • You were able to show them in that workout and then a follow up is What's your relationship like with Collin Sexton?

  • And what would it be like to potentially play with him?

  • I felt like during all my workouts, I showed all the teams, my offensive abilities, like they came in thinking my offenses is one of my weaknesses.

  • But they left knowing that that was one of my strengths.

  • So I felt like showing my shooting ability is my play making abilities in my slash inability.

  • It was good playing with Colin, you know, being from one from had battles with him in high school.

  • S O.

  • I mean, it would be great.

  • You know, both of us are competitive, so just having those two competitive people on the team with us will be great.

  • Jeff McDonald.

  • Hey, how's it going?

  • E.

  • Just wanted you mentioned earlier about how teams to talk to you about how quickly things they're kind of progress for.

  • You guys coming in the NBA, You know, after the draft, it's almost immediately training camp in games start.

  • I'm wondering what you can do to mentally or physically or in any way kind of prepare for how fast all that is going to go.

  • Um, I'm just ready.

  • Uh, I think I've been misleading and physically ready all my life.

  • Been preparing preparing for this day in this moment.

  • That happen.

  • So I feel like I'm already ready all this to happen here.

  • Thank you.

  • Wrong.

  • Alright.

  • Next we've got Mark Medina.

  • Yeah.

  • I was like, Thanks for doing this.

  • Um, what's been your most interesting, challenging experiences during this whole predraft set up?

  • Because of how unique it is because of the pandemic.

  • Um, well, just having that whole thing, like a month or a couple of weeks of just quarantining and not being able toe find a gym to go work out in.

  • So just being at home that have anything to do was probably my toughest thing.

  • Because I'm a guy who always likes to work out.

  • And if I'm not working out like I'm, I'm lacking, or I'm slacking, so just not being able to work out during that period.

  • All right, we have time for a couple more.

  • Um, Dane more.

  • Hey, Isaac.

  • I'm up here in Minnesota and you were mentioning the Nigerian bit Nigerian heritage, and I'm wondering if you see any sort of comparisons, um, in your game Thio.

  • Josh Akagi, you is, you know, played for the Nigerian team.

  • Uh, yeah, like a just co is a good slash or to just like me.

  • Like I see uh, comparing in that type of way.

  • All right, Jared Wife.

  • Not sure how much playoff basketball you got to catch this year, but we saw teams going toe kind of microbe all where they were playing without a big man at all.

  • I'm wondering a someone with a lot of defensive versatility.

  • How do you think that shift in the MBA can play into your hands as someone who's a big defender?

  • It would be great, honestly, And how in India today, there's a lot of switching.

  • So being ableto for me, being able to guard one through four is great and having, like you said, smaller files right now be able to switch with five Now would also get me stuff like Aiken guard that.

  • All right, um, and last question.

  • Here we have Goodell Padilla, I I just like How you doing?

  • Mhm.

  • There's a lot of speculations in this draft, especially the 2020 draft where on the top guys that they're thinking about signing and trade in this.

  • A lot of rumors out there.

  • What do you feel you have in your game that whoever select you will stick with you for three years.

  • I feel like it's just my defense and what I bring on the court from what you've seen.

  • The Auburn.

  • I just brought a winning culture, and I just gave everything I had on the court.

  • Also, just my high character.

  • Um, there's nothing that I do that's bad.

  • I just I'm locked in, Mom, just there to play basketball.

  • Win games you listed as a power forward.

  • Small forward.

  • Where do you feel more comfortable at the MBA level?

  • Small four.

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