Pre-Draft Camp: Day 1 Interviews

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --- The NBA's Pre-Draft Camp tipped off Tuesday at Disney's The Milk House at the Wide World of Sports Complex, and Inside Carolina spoke with the three Tar Heels in attendance - Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green - following the opening night of drills.

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Some quotes from your father made it sound like he wants you to go –
"Everybody thinks that I'm just ‘testing the waters.' Of course, I don't have an agent or anything like that, but the objective here is to get drafted. And that's my objective. I want to see how good I can go, if I can go in the first round, if I can drafted and hopefully get a guaranteed contract. But if that doesn't happen, then I always have the other option of going back to school. That's why I feel like it's a win-win situation with younger guys putting their name in there without an agent."

So is being drafted in the first round the cutoff for you?
"Right now with me, yes. I mean, if I'm going to be projected to go in the second round, then it's probably going to be in my best interests to go back to school. That's what Coach [Williams] is saying. Coach doesn't want me to go unless I'm guaranteed a contract.

Why weren't you involved in the initial NBA discussion with Tyler [Hansbrough], Wayne and Ty?
"Coach… I guess he didn't think I had it in my mind then, so he didn't think that I was going to even think about going or trying to ‘test the waters,' so he didn't include me in that, I guess. I don't know."

Had you talked with him about it?
"You'd have to talk to him. I mean, I called him and talked to him about it, but when it came down to it, it was the ‘Big Three.' So they had their own meeting, and he thought I wasn't thinking about doing it. But I called him and told him about doing it, but he didn't think it was for my best interests… He gave me his advice, but I wanted to do it anyway. I wanted to see how good I could do. My family's not the richest in the world – not the poorest – but whatever I can do to help my family and whatever's best for my situation, I'm going to do. I thought it was best to try and see what I could do this year."



Are leaning toward returning to school or staying in the draft at this point in time?
"If you're in the draft – you can't be halfway in or halfway out, or you're not going to do as well as you should do."

Seems like you guys were learning a lot of offenses tonight
"Yes, we're learning a lot, actually. It's surprising. Just trying to get familiar with my teammates and learning some sets and some secondary break stuff and some halfcourt sets, so it'll be good."

What are hoping to gain out of this week?
"Just to try to solidify a spot in the first round. At first, I thought I was a solid first round [choice], and then got some news saying that I could be on the bubble, so my whole idea is just to come in and solidify a spot in the first round."

Do you have any workouts scheduled?
"I have a lot, actually. I've got Toronto, Boston, New Jersey, Indiana, Sacramento [and Cleveland]. Right now, I've got about 12 set up."

When do you plan to announce your decision?
"I think I'll wait until after I'm done with my workouts. Get all of my feedback and see where I go from there."



What are you hoping to prove at this camp?
"I just want to show everybody what I can do now that my ankle is not hurt. I feel like the second half of the season, when I did come back, they saw the injured Ty Lawson, instead of me going at it 100 percent like myself. So, just to come out and show what I can do and prove that I've got a jump shot."

Is it helpful having Wayne and Danny here with you?
Yes. Because they're my teammates, I can relate to them and know that I'm in the same type of position that they're in. And just so that I have somebody to talk to up here, even though I know a lot of people up here."

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