Trail Blazers Press Release

Pre-Draft Workouts For June 19

06/19/13
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    The Portland Trail Blazers will host a pre-draft workout at the team's practice facility featuring the following players: Myck Kabonbgo (Texas), Phil Pressey (Missouri), Archie Goodwin (Kentucky), EJ Singler (Oregon), Mason Plumlee (Duke) and Dewayne Dedmon (USC).



    MIKE KABONGO

    Position: Guard
    Height/Weight: 6-1 (1.85 m)/ 180 (81.7 kg)
    Birthdate: January 12, 1992 (Lumbaschi, Congo)
    High School: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
    College: Texas

    An early entry candidate for the 2013 NBA Draft.

    Career Highlights:
    Led Texas in scoring (14.6 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg) as a sophomore, earning team MVP honors. An All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Big 12 All-Rookie Team honoree in 2011-12. As a high school senior, selected McDonald's and Jordan All-America. Also a Fourth-Team All-American by Parade Magazine. In international play, helped Canada’s junior national team to a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship. Averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists in five contests.

    Sophomore (2012-13): Only played the final 11 games with Texas during the 2012-13 season due to a 23-game NCAA suspension to start the year. Upon his return, led the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), assists (5.5 apg), steals (2.0 spg) and minutes (37.3 mpg), and ranked second in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Shot 41.8 percent from the field, 29.6 percent from three-point range and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. Reached double figures in scoring in eight of his 11 appearances, including a career-high 31 points in the home OT victory vs. Oklahoma. Made 9-of-13 field goals vs. the Sooners, also collecting eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Just one game earlier, contributed 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting in a loss to Kansas State, adding six rebounds and two assists. Named the Texas’ MVP and voted by his teammates as team captain at the annual team banquet.

    Freshman (2011-12):
    Led the Longhorns and ranked fourth in the Big 12 in assists (5.2 apg) while start- ing all 34 games as a freshman. Third on Texas in scoring (9.6 ppg), paced the squad in steals (44) and ranked second in minutes (30.6 mpg). Claimed All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades and earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Rookie Team. Voted the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player by his team- mates. A two-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week choice. Recorded at least five assists in 20-of- 34 games. Reached double figures in scoring 19 times. Recorded season highs in points (22), field goals made (8-of-12) and three-point field goals made (3-of-4) in 30 minutes at Oklahoma State. Earned a spot on the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Rolls (minimum 3.0 GPA).

    Strengths: Excels at breaking down the defense off the dribble and creating scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates. A natural leader with good intangibles. Pesky presence on the defensive end.

    Personal: Spent his first three years in Congo Republic. Lived in Capetown, South Africa from age three to six. Family moved to Toronto when Myck was six years old. Went on to attend high school in New Jersey for three years and then in Nevada for one.



    PHIL PRESSEY
    Position: Guard
    Height/Weight: 5-11 (1.80 m)/ 175 (79.4 kg)
    Birthdate: February 17, 1991 (San Antonio)
    High School: Dallas Episcopal HS (Dallas)
    College: Missouri

    An early entry candidate for the 2013 NBA Draft.

    Career Highlights: Missouri's all-time leader in assists (580) and career assists average (5.9 apg) and tied with Anthony Peeler for career steals (196). His six career point-assists double-doubles is a school record. Selected First Team-All SEC as a junior, a season in which he established a Tigers record for single-season assists (240)

    Junior (2012-13): Averaged career highs in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (7.0 apg), finishing No. 13 nationally in assists per game. Shot 37.6 percent from the field. Named First Team All-SEC and All-SEC tournament. Chosen for the Bob Cousy Award Final 12 List. Broke his own school record for assists with 240, just one assist shy of second all-time in SEC history. Scored 19 points and had an SEC-record tying 19 assists at UCLA, the most in Division I in 2012-13. The total was the most by a high major college player since Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) dished 20 in 2000 and it was the first 19 and 19 game in D-1 or the NBA since John Stockton accomplished the feat with the Jazz during 1990-91 season. Had six games with 10 or more assists on the year, including 13 assists in the SEC-opener vs. Alabama and 12 points and 11 dimes vs. Illinois.

    Sophomore (2011-12): Led the Big 12 Conference in assists per game (6.4), steals per game (2.1) and assist/turnover ratio (2.6). Averaged a career high 10.3 points and added 3.3 rebounds. Shot 42.8 per- cent from the floor and 36.5 percent from three. Selected All-Big 12 Second Team by the media and Third Team by the coaches, and Big 12 All-Tournament Team. A Bob Cousy Award Finalist. Became the first player in Mizzou history with seven double figure assist games in one season, including four con- tests with 12 dimes. Led the Big 12 Conference and ranked No. 15 nationally last season with 74 steals (tying a Mizzou sophomore record).

    Freshman (2010-11): Made 12 starts in his rookie season and averaged 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals. Second in the Big 12 in steals and seventh and tops amongst all Big 12 freshmen in assists. Shot 38.7 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three. Missed four games midseason with a broken finger in his shooting hand and played the rest of the year with a soft cast on that shooting hand/wrist.

    Strengths: Superb playmaker. Sees the floor and anticipates on both ends of the floor. Plays with great energy. Very quick. Explosive leaper.

    Personal: Father, Paul, played 11 seasons in the NBA and is considered one of the first point-forwards in the history of the league. Paul has gone on to a long career as an assistant coach in the NBA.



    ARCHIE GOODWIN

    Position: Guard
    Height/Weight: 6-5 (1.94 m)/ 198 (89.8 kg)
    Birthdate: August 17, 1994 (Little Rock, Ark.)
    High School: Sylvan Hills HS (Sherwood, Ark.)
    College: Kentucky

    An early entry candidate for the 2013 NBA Draft.

    Career Highlights: Led the SEC in free throw attempts and finished 11th in scoring as a freshman. Selected Freshman All-SEC.

    Freshman (2012-13): Kentucky’s leading scorer with a 14.1 scoring average (11th in the SEC) en route to Freshman All-SEC honors. Averaged 12.8 points in SEC games only. Posted 25 double figure scoring games and had five outings with 20 or more points. Ranked second on the team in assists (88, 2.7 apg) and steals (36, 1.1 spg). His 466 points scored in his first season ranks as the 10th best mark for a UK freshman ever. Became just the ninth freshman in school history to sink 100 or more free throws as he made an SEC- leading 212 attempts. Shot at least eight free throws in one-third of his appearances. Only the third UK freshman under John Calipari to begin his career with five-straight double figure scoring games. Narrowly missed the second triple-double in UK history with 22 points and career highs in rebounds (9) and assists (9) vs. LIU Brooklyn. Had a career game against Morehead St., with career highs in points (28), blocks (3) free throws (12) and free throws attempted (17). Led all scorers with 22 points at eventual national champion Louisville. Scored an SEC career-high 24 points in win at Ole Miss, going 12-of-14 from the free throw line.

    High School:
    Notched Parade and McDonald’s All-America accolades. Had 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 18 minutes for the West team in the McDonald’s game. Played in the Nike Hoop Summit for the U.S. Junior National Select Team, scoring seven points in a loss to the World Select Team. Rated as the No. 14 prospect in the nation by Scout.com and No. 15 by ESPNU and Rivals.com. Won two AAU national titles during his career.

    Strengths: Creates his own shot and manufactures offense off the dribble. Gets deep into the defense, utilizing herky-jerky moves, and draws fouls. Has tremendous athleticism and quickness. Long wingspan helps him play bigger.

    Personal:
    Has 10 siblings and step-siblings.



    EJ SINGLER
    Position: Forward
    Height/Weight: 6-6, 215
    Birthdate: June 6, 1990
    From: Medford, Ore. (South Medford HS, Ore.)
    College: Oregon

    NOTEWORTHY: Played four seasons at the University of Oregon, where he averaged 10.9 points (44.3% FG, 37.3% 3-PT, 84.8% FT), 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.77 steals and 29.3 minutes in 142 games ... Earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors as a senior in 2012-13 after averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and career highs in assists (2.8) and minutes (31.0) ... Finished his career ranked first in school history in wins (89), sixth in career free throw percentage (84.8%) and 11th in Oregon history in scoring (1,546) ... One of only 13 players in school history to total 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds ... As a senior, helped lead the Ducks to their first Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2007 ... Averaged 12.3 points (44.8% FG, 44.4% 3-PT), 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three NCAA Tournament games ... Following his junior season in 2011-12, was named Second Team All-Pac-12, as he averaged a career-high 13.6 points per game along with 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30.8 minutes ... Ranked second nationally and led the Pac-12 in free throw percentage as a junior (90.9%, 110-121) ... Led Oregon in scoring as a senior, and ranked second on the squad both his sophomore and junior seasons ... Ranked first in the Pac-10 Conference as a sophomore in free throw shooting (85.2%, 104-122).



    MASON PLUMLEE
    Position: Forward
    Height/Weight: 6-10 (2.08 m)/ 235 (106.6 kg)
    Birthdate: March 5, 1990 (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    High School: Christ School (Arden, N.C.)
    College: Duke

    Career Highlights: Closed his Duke career ranked in the top 10 in rebounds, field goal percentage, blocks and dunks. Selected Pete Newell Big Man of the Year and Second Team AP All-American as a senior. A two-time Capital One Academic All-America First Team selection.

    Senior (2012-13): Averaged 17.1 points (3rd in the ACC), 10.0 rebounds (2nd), 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks (5th), while shooting 59.9 percent from the field (7th in the nation). Tied for sixth in the nation in double-doubles. Just the second Blue Devil to average a double-double for a season under Mike Krzyzewski. Received the Pete Newell NABC Big Man of the Year Award, becoming the first ACC player ever to win the award. A Second Team All-America honoree from the USBWA, AP and NABC. Named to the All-ACC First Team and NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team.

    Junior (2011-12): Named to the All-ACC third team after averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game. Selected to the NABC and USBWA All-District teams. Ranked fourth in the league in rebounds and fifth in blocks (1.6 bpg). Shot 57.2 percent from the field. Posted 12 double-doubles for the second most in the ACC. Set Duke's single-season dunks record with 60, besting Shelden Williams' previous school single-season record of 58. Named ACC and National Player of the Week on Jan. 31. Had a career-high 17 rebounds as well as 16 points vs. St. John's and a season-high 23 points (9-13 FGs), 12 rebounds and four assists vs. Maryland. In the NCAA Second Round matchup vs. Lehigh, went a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor.

    Sophomore (2010-11): Started 32 games, averaging 7.2 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds on the season. Led the team with 62 blocked shots and 59.3 percent shooting. Honorable Mention All-ACC selection. Ranked among the ACC leaders in rebounding (5th) and blocks (t-6th). Had six double-doubles and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 14 contests. Reached double figures in scoring in 10 times with a career-high 25 vs. Marquette.

    Freshman (2009-10): Averaged 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.9 blocks in just over 14 minutes per game. Made one start and was the first player off the bench in 26 games.

    Strengths: Exceptionally bouncy, mobile and athletic for his size. Very good defensive rebounder. Handles the ball well for a big man, with the ability to put it on the floor, and also find open teammates.

    Personal: Brother Miles plays for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. Brother Marshall was a teammate of both brothers at Duke. Their father, Perky, played collegiately at Tennessee Tech and their mother, Leslie, at Purdue.



    DEWAYNE DEDMON
    Full Name: Dewayne Dedmon
    Position: Center
    Height/Weight: 7-0 (2.13 m)/ 255 (115.7 kg)
    Birthdate: August 12, 1989
    High School: Lancaster HS (Lancaster, Calif.)
    College: Southern California

    Junior (2012-13): Led the Trojans in rebounding (7.0), blocks (2.1 – 44th nationally) and steals (1.1). Finished in double figures in rebounding eight times and scoring eight times in 31 appearances, with two double-doubles. Had five-plus blocks on three occasions, including a season-high six vs. UC Riverside, and three or more on 12 occasions. Posted 13 points, 13 boards and five blocks at Utah and 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in only 23 minutes vs. Cal. Missed the final game of the season after being suspended for violating team rules.

    Sophomore (2011-12): Averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20 games, all starts. Scored 10 or more points seven times and grabbed seven or more rebounds eight times. Led the team with a 55.1 shooting percentage. Battled through injuries throughout the year. Suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand on Oct. 11 and had to practice with a cast or splint on his hand until Nov. 9. Diagnosed with a stress injury in his right foot on Nov. 28. Foot was placed in a walking boot and it was determined that he could miss 4-6 weeks, but he started on Dec. 3 at Minnesota. Had a season-best 18 points at Oregon on Jan. 19. Suffered a torn left MCL and tibial bone bruise on Jan. 26 vs. Colorado and missed the rest of the season.

    Redshirt (2010-11): Practiced with USC beginning in the second semester when he transferred from Antelope Valley College. Didn’t play for Antelope Valley during the first semester to keep a full season of eligibility.

    Freshman (2009-10): Played for Antelope Valley College and averaged 6.6 points and 7.8 boards. Had 46 blocks and tied a school record with seven swats at Chaffey College. Totaled a season-high in points (15) vs. Ventura and rebounds (14) vs. College of the Desert. Sustained a broken bone in his forehead and an injured nasal cavity vs. Victor Valley on Jan. 27. Missed seven games, but returned for the first game of the playoffs.

    2008-09: Attended Antelope Valley as a part-time student, working out and learning the game. Grew three inches to seven-feet and filled out to 225 pounds after seeing limited action as a high school senior in 2007-08.

    Strengths: Legit seven-footer with exceptional length. Has excellent foot speed for his size. An emerging shotblocker and rebounder whose offensive game lacks polish.

    Personal: Did not begin playing organized basketball until his senior year of high school due to religious reasons, as detailed in a November 2011 Sports Illustrated article.

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