Jun 01

Pre-Draft Workout Announced: Meet The Participants

By sarahhecht Posted in: 2011draft
The Trail Blazers announced Wednesday afternoon the six attendees for the first pre-draft workout. On June 6th Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Jon Diebler, Kenneth Faried,  Corey Fisher, Austin Freeman, and Isaiah Thomas will workout at the Trail Blazers practice facility.

Get to know the prospects:

Matthew Bryan-Amaning is a 6-9 Forward from the University of Washington. Bryan-Amaning averaged 15.3 ppg and 8.0 rebounds during the 2010-11 season. His senior year he was named the conference’s Most Improved Player and First Team All-Pac-10. As a native of London, England he last summer with the Great Britain senior national team. He’s also expected to represent his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Read more about Bryan-Amaning.

Jon Diebler is a 6-6 Guard from Ohio State. Diebler averaged 12.6 ppg and 2.6 rebounds. He holds the Ohio State and Big Ten career three-point field goal record.

Read more about Diebler.

Kenneth Faried is a 6-7 Forward from Morehead State. Faried averaged 17.3 ppg and 14.5 rebounds. He was named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year and also named an NABC and AP Third Team All-American.

Read more about Faried, and don't miss Dustin's in-depth look at him as a potential first-round pick for the Trail Blazers.

Corey Fisher is a 6-1 Guard from Villanova. Fisher averaged 15.6 ppg, 4.8 apg and 2.8 rebounds. He was named Second Team All-Big East and was in a group of 20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. (The Cousy Award is given to the nation’s top point guard.)

Read more about Fisher.

Austin Freeman is a 6-3 Guard from Georgetown. Freeman averaged 16.5 ppg and 3.5 rebounds during the 2010-11 season. He was named to the All-Big East Second Team. Freeman hit 44.4 percent of his three-point attempts and ranked 40th in the country in field goal percentage.

Read more about Freeman.

Isaiah Thomas is a 5-9 Guard from the University of Washington. Thomas averaged 16.8 ppg, 6.1 apg and 3.5 rebounds during the 2010-11 season. He led the Huskies in scoring, assists, steals and minutes and was named to the First Team All-Pac-10. He also earned and AP All-American honorable mention. Thomas was a mid-season Wooden Award and Naismith Award candidate and one of the 10 Cousy Award finalists.

Read more about Thomas.


  1. Diebler is intriguing to me. I didn't realize he was quite that tall (6-6) and I know he is one of the purest shooters in the draft. I wouldn't mind taking a flyer on him in the 2nd round, but we'd have to balance the roster out since we'd be loaded with a plethora of 2 guards.

    by DHawes22 on 6/1/2011 1:04 PM
  2. @Dustin, was it the three-point percentage that got you? I'm a sucker for the long shot too :)

    by sarahhecht on 6/1/2011 2:41 PM
  3. i like faried. He has impressive stats and defensively a solid player as well. We could always use another strong player like that. Also im always willing to take a chance on a huskies player. it has worked out in the past right.

    by williamsause on 6/1/2011 3:03 PM
  4. I am intriged with the 3pt per centage also. I bet it wouldn't hurt LMA's feelings a bit either

    by Hg on 6/1/2011 3:24 PM
  5. Not just the 3 pt. percetnage but whenever I watched a Buckeye game or saw a highlight, it was ALWAYS Diebler who hit the game winning or tying three. Bottom line - he's clutch.

    by DHawes22 on 6/1/2011 3:35 PM
  6. None of these guys really excite me except for Faried. All were good college players, but Faried seems to be the only one who has a specific skill set to excel at the next level. We passed on DeJuan Blair 3 times in 2009, we can't make the same mistake again with Faried this time around.

    by ClydeFrog on 6/1/2011 3:42 PM
  7. should be an interesting workout. i just wonder how serious the blazers are about any of these guys.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 6/1/2011 5:52 PM
  8. If we got Faried rd.1, i feel like Isaiah Thomas would be a good compliment if he falls to us the second round. I feel like guard-play killed us this year, L.A. can match the output of a scoring big man. We need a guard that will harass other teams PG's on defense. Thomas can create match up problems because of course his height. From the Washington games i watched this year, he actually tries to shut you down, and with a league full of six foot guards that's a plus since he's so low to the ground. Offensively you have to respect him because he can score. And with the cast we have, it would be good to have him in when we go with the tall line up. Not saying we should definitely pick him but don't count him out because of height because he could be the spark we need. (Ex..Nate Robinson, JJ Barea)

    by Isiah Ray on 6/10/2011 10:47 AM
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