Is Weaver first-round bound?

KYLE WEAVER drew some curious stares when he skipped the NBA Pre-Draft camp in Orlando. For a guy considered on the bubble between the first and second rounds, skipping the Pre-Draft camp was either a mistake -- or perhaps a sign that he's hearing he's a solid pick for the first round.

The Times-Picayune reported that Kyle Weaver was one of six players working out for the Hornets on Thursday. The Hornets have the 27th pick in the first round of the June 26 draft and they are interested in selecting a shooting guard, point guard or power forward/center.

"I thought this was the best group of guys that we've had in here, they all had a little something,'' coach Byron Scott. "Courtney really shoots the ball well and moves extremely well. You can tell that he's been well schooled. Jamont's extremely athletic and extremely strong. Kyle is a heck of defender and shoots the ball the better.''

Also, the Bay Area, where Weaver will be at a mini camp this weekend at the Golden State Warriors' training facility in Oakland, has been no stranger to Weaver since March Madness ended. He and Derrick Low spent time there working out with a noted physical fitness guru.

With the NBA Draft just a couple of weeks away, there will be plenty of franchise decision makers on hand in Oakland this weekend to check out a lot of potential June 26 selections. This event is expected to have a wealth of players who could be drafted from the mid-first to mid-second round range on June 26.

Twenty-four players are expected to participate, during four sessions (two per day) of six players each. The group workout, the idea for which originated during discussions between of David Griffin of the Phoenix Suns and Neil Olshey of the Los Angeles Clippers, is expected to draw representatives from most, if not every, NBA club.

Ten of the players who have accepted invitations to participate took part in the NBA's Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando a couple of weeks ago, among the most enticing prospects expected are college underclassmen and the highly thought of seniors who also said "no" to Orlando invitations.

In addition to Weaver, also on hand will be underclassmen Brandon Rush (Kansas), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Memphis), Ryan Anderson (Cal), Jamont Gordon (Mississippi State), Trent Plaisted (BYU), Bill Walker (Kansas State) and Marreese Speights (Florida), and the seniors who declined Orlando invitations, Jason Thompson (Rider) and Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky).

Monday is the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft pool and maintain their college eligibility.

A list of the players scheduled to participate:

Group 1
Rudy Mbemba (6-0, Sweden)
Chris Douglas-Roberts (6-6, Memphis)
J.R. Giddens (*6-4, New Mexico)
Richard Hendrix (*6-6 ¾, Alabama)
Darnell Jackson (*6-7, Kansas)
Ronald Steele (*6-0 ¼, Alabama)

Group 2
Shan Foster (*6-4, Vanderbilt)
DeVon Hardin (*6-9 ½, Cal)
Trent Plaisted (6-10, BYU)
Charles Rhodes (*6-9 1/4, Mississippi State)
Giorgi Shermadini (7-0, Georgia Republic)
Sonny Weems (*6-4, Arkansas)

Group 3
Ryan Anderson (6-9, Cal)
Nicolas Batum (6-8, France)
Joey Dorsey (*6-6 ¼, Memphis) Jamont Gordon (6-3, Mississippi State)
Marreese Speights (6-9, Florida)
Kyle Weaver (6-5, Washington State)

Group 4
Alexis Ajinca (7-0, France)
Gary Forbes (*6-4 ½, Massachusetts)
Courtney Lee (6-5, Western Kentucky)
Brandon Rush (6-6, Kansas)
Jason Thompson (6-10, Rider)
Bill Walker (6-5, Kansas State)
(*Size measured, without shoes, at the Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando)

J.V. Holland contributed to this report.

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