Mavs Workouts: Brooks, Behanan, Giffey
Sources tell DB.com that the Dallas Mavericks next wave of pre-draft workout invitees include Chane Behanan, Javon McCrea, De'Mon Brooks, Neils Giffey and Chris Udofia.
Chane Behanan may be the best-known of today's quartet. The 6-7, 253-pounder played in the big time at Louisville and now 21, has always seemed like a natural rebounder as a power forward. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds on Louisville's 2013 NCAA championship team as a sophomore but was later dismissed from the program on a marijuana charge and landed at Colorado State.
Another Louisville player, Russ Smith, is also here. He's a 6-1, 160-pounder who some see as a high-second-rounder. Smith has a reputation as a "gunner'' who at 23 is working to develop point-guard skills.
Javon McCrea, 21, is 6-8 and 250, with a big strong body that allowed him to dominate at Buffalo as a projected power forward. He could fit the "two-way'' player mold the Mavs tell DB.com they are searching for as a late second-rounder.
Chris Udofia is a 6-6, 200-pounder who was the University of Denver's biggest player and therefore played inside, where his 7-foot wingspan helped him thrive. Udofia, 21, is a DFW native who is projected as a small forward. The senior is a potential second-round pick. Udofia and McCrea, I am told, sustained minor injuries in recent workouts the Mavs are working to reschedule them.
De'Mon Brooks is a Davidson senior listed at 6-7 and 217. The power forward, 22, is an interesting prospect for a variety of reasons.
He's earned his degree from Davidson, he's ambidextrous as a shooter, and in conference games in 2013-14, Brooks led the league in scoring (20.5 ppg.) and field-goal percentage (.660), while leading the Wildcats to a 20-13 overall record, 15-1 conference mark and regular season title. Brooks has been named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year and is a two-time AP Honorable Mention All-America selection, two-time Southern Conference Tournament MVP, three-time first-team All-Conference selection, three-time Southern Conference Tournament team member and three-time NABC All-District honoree.
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