Lakers hold auditions for 28th pick in NBA draft

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — Kyle Kuzma on Monday spoke confidently when he was asked what he can provide an NBA team.“I think I can bring to the NBA just versatility,” he said. “I think the league is going to four men that can pass, dribble, shoot, defend. And I think I can do all that and bring that to the table at this highest level.”The 6-foot-9 power forward out of Utah and five others auditioned to be the Lakers’ No. 28 pick in the NBA draft June 22. The Lakers are expected to take Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick. The others were point guard Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga), 6-10 forward/center Thomas Bryant (Indiana), 6-7 guard Andrew White (Syracuse), 6-8 forward V.J. Beachem (Notre Dame) and guard Dominique Hawkins (Kentucky). Bryant, Kuzma and Williams-Goss were underclassmen.Kuzma, projected as a second-round pick, averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season as a junior for the Utes. He blocked only 14 shots, but he was second on the team in assists with a 2.4 average and shot 50.2 percent from the field – 32.1 (27 of 84) from deep. Kuzma smiled when asked about Magic Johnson.“That’s one of the people I grew up idolizing,” he said. “He’s from Michigan and I’m from Michigan, too. So I’ve always been a fan of his and seeing him in person, talking to him and interacting, was awesome.”Williams-Goss wore a big smile when he referenced the Lakers’ new honcho.“It’s unbelievable, unbelievable,” he said. “I mean, best point guard to ever play the game, in my opinion. Always been a fan, so just a blessing to be able to meet him.”But there was business to take care of, and Williams-Goss believes he did that Monday.“I don’t think I’m really trying to prove anything,” said Williams-Goss, who is also projected to go in the second round. “I think they’ve seen us enough over the course of the season. But I’m just trying to show myself, who I am as a person, good character kid, compete at a very high level.“And I know how to play the game, whether it’s off the ball, on the ball, setting screens, getting my teammates open. I just feel like I’m a well-rounded player and I’m just trying to go out here and compete at the highest level I can.”Williams-Goss averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists this past season for Gonzaga, which lost to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament championship game.He said he took a lot from that experience.“Just how fun it is to be with a collective unit with one common goal,” Williams-Goss said. “I thought all year long our main focus was to get to the Final Four and contend for a national championship. We put all our self-accolades aside and just found out how fun that is; we didn’t care who was getting the glory, or anything like that.”Beachem averaged 14.5 points and 4.1 rebounds this past season, Bryant averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, White scored 18.5 points per game and grabbed 4.6 rebounds, and Hawkins averaged 4.7 points and 1.7 assists.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers• PHOTOS: Monday pre-draft workoutHis goal for Monday?“I just wanted to get better, really,” Kuzma said. “The Lakers staff, and every workout we go to, they know what we do, our strengths and weaknesses. So it’s just coming out here, playing ball and just have fun, really.”On hand were Lakers coach Luke Walton, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka. They did not address reporters, but Kuzma talked about what Lakers brass conveyed to him.“Just that I had a hell of a workout, I competed, showed well, just gave me a few pointers to work on in the future and everything,” he said. “So it was definitely positive feedback.”last_img read more

Wellington 15-year-olds become state champions, head off to Boonesville, Mo.

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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down carey · 367 weeks ago fantastic job. now bring home the trophy. ok anyway Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 367 weeks ago Congrats! On another note-Did the Wellington 13-14 year old girls go to Boonesville? Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Wellington KOA · 367 weeks ago Minor corrections. Last year they played state in Haysville and it is Boonville, MO. Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Brandon · 367 weeks ago Great job guys….. Keep it up!!! BMW Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 15-year-old all stars spent six days in a rain clogged state Babe Ruth tournament in Cherryvale and were crowned state champions because of it.The team will travel to Boonesville, Mo. next Thursday for the Midwest Plains 15-year-old Regional Tournament.The state championship was the first for the group in the Babe Ruth ranks. Last year, the locals lost the state championship in heart breaking fashion in Moundridge.This time they were not to be denied. Having won their district in Wellington, the locals opened play Friday of last week against Tri-Valley, winning 7-0.Wellington was scheduled to play Saturday at 8 p.m., but was rained out until Sunday around 5 p.m.The second game, 45 hours later against Osawatomie, Jace Lowe pitched seven innings to help Wellington win 8-1.More rain came Monday and the locals headed back to Wellington. On Tuesday, the team left town early and had a 10 a.m. game, where it would face Spring River for the first time.Wellington played outstanding baseball both offensively and defensively and shut Spring River down 9-0. Wesley Gilmore pitched all seven innings.The locals would face Spring River again that evening as it won on the backside of the losers bracket. Dylan Jones pitched five innings, followed by Jace Lowe, then Jared Shields.Wellington was up by five runs at one point during the game and led 8-6 in the top of the seventh, with the bases loaded. Spring River’s short stop hit a grand slam off Jared Shields to put it in front 10-8. The opponent then added a run to make it 11-8.The locals would load the bases in the bottom half of the inning but could not score.Then it started to rain… again.“Some of us had to work, and personally, it was the worst weather I’ve ever had to drive in,” said Nick Struble, a coach for the 15-year-olds.The game was moved to 6 p.m. Wednesday.Wellington started Wesley Gilmore on the mound and he pitched all seven innings.“These boys rose to the occasion and played the best I’ve seen them play together all summer,” Struble said. “They were on the a mission and nothing was going to stop them.”Spring River made five or more pitching changes and Wellington continued to hit the ball en route to a 15-2 victory. Gilmore also hit a three-run homer which was his second of the tournament. He received the “Wow” award and the Home Run ball presentation.Catcher, Cameron “BE A WALL” Bartelson, would receive the MVP award plus the coveted AHHP award for attitude, heart, hustle and pride.Wellington team on bridge.The team — consisting of Jared Shields, Conner Phelps, Wesley Gilmore, Dylan Jones, Jace Lowe, Skyler Struble, Cameron Bartelson, Graysen DeJarnett, Derick Driskel, Zach Fredrick, Ethan Tunnel, and Nick Hyde have been playing ball together for quite awhile since high school junior varsity ball back in March. They played ball together all summer under Brandon Wilmoth and Nick Struble as well as Babe Ruth league ball.The all-stars were coached by manager Dallas Gilmore and coaches Kevin Lowe and Struble.The class made it to the state tournament the last five years – placing third as 13-year-olds and state runner up as 14-year-olds.last_img read more