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Draft workouts ahead of the NBA Draft can be a bit overblown. As Alvin Gentry pointed out, you don't make a decision based on how a guy looks in a one-hour workout. Guys can have a great day or a poor day so what the scouts say about a player is more important than seeing them in a six-person workout situation. What matters a lot according to Gentry and Lance Blanks, is the opportunity to talk to the players and get to know them.

Blanks said the entire group of players worked out on Thursday did well. Most of the players the team saw in this workout were slotted in the second round, if at all. He said the team is doing due diligence and it doesn't mean they are looking to add a second round pick (they traded their 2011 second round pick to Chicago in the Hakim Warrick sign and trade).

Asked if the Suns have interest in trading up in the draft, Blanks gave a standard GM response about always trying to get better and said he would be out of place saying if that means the Suns are going to "move up, back or side-wise for that matter".

As for the Suns draft plans, Blanks said the biggest need was up front with a desire to get more physical. On the perimeter he said, "we have a surplus of three's (small forwards) but the off-guard position is something that we'd like to inject."

Alvin Gentry had a slightly different take on it:

NBA Draft: Phoenix Suns Not Inclined Towards Picking Wing Player - SB Nation Arizona
"It would have to be a really, really good wing because I like the guys that we have and the guys thats coming back so that would be something, it would have to be somebody pretty special."

According to Gentry, the team's biggest need as he's expressed to the front office, is a "go-to" player. "I still think that we need that go-to guy. A guy that we can throw the ball to at the end of games where he can go get us a basket. I think that's asking a lot for Steve (Nash) to do it all the time, screen and rolls and whatever," Gentry said.

Blanks said he considers this year's draft to have a lot of parity.

"There's probably a player at 13 that you might be able to get at 10 or 15 that could be just as good as a player drafted at five. With the parity of this draft you've got to be careful of thinking that just because a player is drafted high that he's going to be the best player in the draft. I think there are going to players that are going to be pretty good that are going to be drafted after those top guys," Blanks said.

The highest-ranked prospect in this workout was forward JuJuan Johnson, a forward out of Purdue. Blanks was asked for his thoughts on Johnson and gave an answer that was typical of the level of information he was willing to share.

"I don't want to sound coy with this, but I don't think we know where he's slotted. I don't think we know that until a guy is drafted. He had a great year, he did a good job, as I mentioned all the guys did in the workouts. Where his stock is now, it's a perception. I don't think you can realize until draft night. I wouldn't want to speculate either way on where he might be."

The Suns won't be making any of the other players (Jimmer, Burks, etc) available to the media when they come for workouts.

Gentry said he has a few more interviews to do for a "defensive coordinator" assistant coach. The goal is to have someone hired in June so they have time to get to know the players before the CBA expires on July 1.


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The Phoenix Suns have invited the media to talk to the front office folks -- Lon Babby, Lance Blanks and John Treloar -- on Wednesday after they conduct a draft prospect workout. But for reasons that don't make much sense to anyone, they won't release the list of prospects they are working out.

That list will be fully confirmed tomorrow after the workout but through the intensive detective work of our own social media and Google guru, we've tracked down most of the names.

Take that, Lance Blanks and your secretive ways imported from your time with the San Antonio Spurs. Lord knows what the Phoenix Suns need more than anything right now is to put up walls between the team and their fans.  

Here's what we have for you so far:

Diante Garrett: 6-4 point guard, Iowa

Draft Express profile. Currently projected as a mid-second round pick

Twitter / @kingarrett10: Flight to Phoenix..I'll holla at y'all when I land

Twitter / @kingarrett10: Man it's to hot outside...it's like 105 here in Phx!!!!...smh

Twitter / @kingarrett10: naw I workout tomorrow in the morning

Alex Tyus: 6-7 power forward, Florida

Draft Express profile. Not projected as draft pick

@AlexTyus23: Had a great workout with the New Jersey Nets today. Resting and then off tomorrow morning to workout with the Phoenix Suns. #beastmode

Jacob Pullen: 6-0 combo guard, Kansas State

Draft Express profile. Not projected as draft pick

@Jpullz0: Great workout in Detroit a ...
Great workout in Detroit always love when I'm here but on the way to the port Phoenix next #jetlife

Jeremy Hazell: 6-5 shooting guard, Seton Hall

Draft Express profile. Not projected as draft pick

@AdamZagoria: After workouts in GS and Sac-town, former SHU guard Jeremy Hazell has Phoenix on the 10th, Memphis (12), NJ (16) and Minnesota (18)

DeAndre Liggins: 6-6 shooting guard / small forward, Kentucky

Draft Express profile. Not projected as draft pick

Twitter / @DLiggs34: In Chicago now with the fa ...
In Chicago now with the family but Im heading to Phoenix at 3pm.

That's four five out the likely six although Hazell is less of a sure thing since it comes from a third-party and list a June 10th workout date. He could be having a private workout but for a guy not even projected to be drafted, that would be odd.

[Update by Seth Pollack, 06/08/11 5:00 PM MST ]

Well, it seems there could be entire workouts the Suns are trying to keep quiet. Here's one report on that:

The Hoops Report | Draft Workout Schedule

Kevin Anderson April 27

JaJuan Johnson June 9 

Jeremy Hazell June 10

Klay Thompson June 10

Jordan Hamilton June 10

Tristan Thompson June 13

At least that list has some possible first-round picks on it.

Here's a list of players we've learned won't be working out for the Suns on Wednesday according to various sources: Reggie Jackson, Chandler Parsons, Jon Leuer, Etwaun Moore, Malcolm Thomas, Mickey McConnell, Andrew Goudelock and Randy Culpepper. Sorry, no Jimmer either.

We do believe that Kevin Anderson, a 6-0 point guard from Richmond has already worked out in Phoenix.

Now, you might be asking yourself why the Suns are working out guys projected so late in the draft when they don't even have a second round pick. We will be sure to ask that question, but it is common to take a look at guys like this during the pre-draft process as possible summer league or camp invitee prospects. One wouldn't think that any of these guys would be drafted with the Suns' first round pick. 


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