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BUCKS BEAT: Milwaukee taking a look at Morris

BUCKS BEAT: Milwaukee taking a look at Morris


The Milwaukee Bucks will get an up-close-and-personal look at one of their primary draft candidates Wednesday.

Marcus Morris, a talented forward from Kansas who is considered a sure-fire lottery selection, will work out for Bucks officials at the Cousins Center in St. Francis.

Morris is believed to be one of a handful of players the Bucks are seriously considering with the 10th overall selection in the draft.

After having two non-descript season at Kansas, the 6-foot-9 Morris emerged as one of the nation's best players last season, averaging 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Morris has already worked out for three teams picking in the upper half of the draft: Houston, which has the 14th pick; Cleveland, which has the Nos. 1 and four picks, and Indiana, which has the 15th pick.

Morris said he also has upcoming workouts with Charlotte (No. 9), Utah (3 and 12), Detroit (8) and Sacramento (7).

Morris, whose twin brother Markieff is also considered a first-round candidate, will be facing some heady competition in Thursday's workout. Trey Thompkins of Georgia, generally regarded as a late first-round pick, will also participate in the workout.

The 6-9 Thompkins, who had a workout with the Bulls Tuesday, was a consistently productive offensive player in his three seasons at Georgia. He averaged 12.6 points as a freshman and then 17.7 and 16.4 points the last two seasons.

The Bucks are also expected to work out Virginia Tech point guard Malcolm Delaney, College of Charleston shooting guard Andrew Goudelock, Nicholls State swingman Anatoly Bose and Marquette University guard Dwight Buycks.

Wednesday's workout will be the first of several for the Bucks leading up to the June 23 draft.

- While the Bucks will work out approximately two dozen players  - they also have the 10th selection in the second round - one of them won't be Donatas Montiejunas.

Montiejunas, a 6-foot-11 power forward, is playing for Benetton Treviso in the Italian League. Benetton has advanced to the semifinals of the Series A League. After the playoffs, Montiejunas plans to attend the adidas EuroCamp June 11-13.

As such, Herb Rudoy, Montiejunas' agent, said his client won't be able to work out for any NBA teams before the draft.

"It's not that he doesn't want to; he just can't," Rudoy said.

Rudoy also said he is in the process of setting up a physical for Montiejunas with an NBA team and then having the results forwarded to other teams interested in Montiejunas.

A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, Montiejunas is regarded as one of the more skilled big men in the draft. Some NBA officials project him to be selected anywhere from 6 to 14.

- It's no secret the Bucks have a high regard for Jimmer Fredette, the explosive scoring guard from Brigham Young.

Bucks officials had an extensive interview with Fredette at the recent pre-draft camp in Chicago and it was generally assumed they would work him out.

But Fredette, who averaged a nation-leading 28.9 points a game last season and unquestionably the best shooter in the draft, doesn't have a workout date set up yet with the Bucks.

Fredette worked out Tuesday for Indiana, which has the 15th overall selection. He also has some other upcoming workouts, including one with New York, which is picking 17.


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