BUCKS NOTES: Team officials hitting the road

2011-06-03T00:09:00Z 2013-12-09T19:24:24Z BUCKS NOTES: Team officials hitting the roadGERY WOELFEL gwoelfel@journaltimes.com Journal Times

Before the recent NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, Marshon Brooks didn't create much of a buzz.

The prevailing sentiment among NBA officials was the former Providence shooting guard was a nice but hardly coveted prospect.

"At that time, people had him going anywhere from late first round to early second round,'' said Seth Cohen, Brooks' Miami-based agent. "After the camp, it went to a totally different level.''

It certainly did. Brooks' stock hasn't simply risen, it has soared. The Milwaukee Bucks' increased interest in Brooks is a testament to that.

After having seemingly marginal interest in Brooks just a few weeks ago, the Bucks now consider him a legitimate candidate for their first-round pick, the 10th overall.

The Bucks, who were the worst scoring team in the NBA this season, are looking for a scorer and Brooks fits the bill. He averaged 24.6 points a game last season, erupting for 52 points against Notre Dame and 43 points against Georgetown.

The Bucks are also looking to be more athletic and, again, Brooks would fill that need. At the pre-draft camp, he registered an impressive 38.5-inch vertical leap. I

The fact the 6-foot-5 Brooks has a gargantuan 7-1 wingspan doesn't hurt, either.

Cohen said the Bucks were hoping to bring Brooks to Milwaukee for a workout before the June 23 NBA draft. But Cohen couldn't honor the Bucks' request because Brooks' workout docket was basically full.

But Bucks officials persisted and their persistence has paid off. While Brooks won't be coming to Milwaukee, he will have a private workout for Bucks officials in Chicago on June 12.

- Because several prominent foreign players won't be working out in the States, Bucks general manager John Hammond and scouting director Billy McKinney will fly to Treviso, Italy and meet with several highly-regarded prospects.

Among the players they hope to chat with during their June 9-13 trip are Lithuanian big men Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas, combo forward Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic and power forward Bismack Biyomo of the Congo.

- UCLA has produced some outstanding players in recent years like Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Jrue Holiday and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Is Tyler Honeycutt the next Bruin headed for stardom?

Honeycutt, a 6-8 small forward, worked out for the Bucks Thursday and acquitted himself well. While he needs to bulk up and work on his handle, Honeycutt showed off his exceptional athleticism.

"He is a tremendous athlete,'' McKinney said.

Honeycutt had an 37-inch vertical leap at the pre-draft camp and, as impressive as that was, Honeycutt said, "I know I've done better than that.''

Honeycutt, a late bloomer who didn't receive a letter from any college until after his junior year in high school - It was from San Diego State - credits playing volleyball for his athletic development.

"I always recommend playing volleyball,'' Honeycutt said. "I think that's why I led the (Pac-10) conference in blocked shots. I correspond blocking a shot to hitting a volleyball without touching the net.

"Volleyball improves your timing and coordination.''

The Bucks' workout was Honeycutt's third in three days. His whirlwind tour started Tuesday in San Antonio. He then auditioned for Indiana on Wednesday before heading to Milwaukee. He will now work out for New York today.

McKinney speculated Honeycutt's draft range is from 10 to 20.

- Draft prospects weren't the only ones working out at the Cousins Center Thursday.

Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings spent considerable time working on his jump shot under the watchful eye of Bucks assistant coach Bill Peterson.

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