The big news out of the Nets group workout Saturday was not so much who impressed but who dropped out of the Draft. Reggie Jackson, the BC point guard who was viewed as the best player in camp, was a no-show and although some reports had him returning to school, Chad Ford tweets he's staying in the draft. Ashton Gibbs, the Pitt guard from Scotch Plains, and Reggie Johnson, the Miami center, did show, but both decided to withdraw from the draft after the workout.
Billy King said some players surprised but then declined to say who, not wanting to show his hand six-plus weeks before the Draft. Many felt the day's two best performers were former Providence small forward Jamine "Greedy" Peterson, who played this season for the New Mexico Thunderbirds in the D-League, and Cory Joseph, the Canadian-born Texas point guard. Joseph remains undecided about remaining in the draft but must decide Sunday.
The Nets' Ben Couch spoke with King (who said he expects to take Brook Lopez to Barclays Center next week) as well as a number of the top prospects still standing, including Peterson, a Brooklyn native.
- NETS: 2011 NETS Draft Central May 7 Workout - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets
- NETS VIDEO: 2011 Draft Central - Billy King Interview - New Jersey Nets
- With draft decisions due, prospects put on display - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Knicks eye star scenario - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Meet Knicks pre-draft prospect Peterson - Jared Zwerling - ESPN New York
- Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs returns for senior season - Sporting News
UPDATE: Gibbs returning to Pitt - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Ashton Gibbs still undecided on whether to remain in NBA draft - Dave Hutchinson - Star-Ledger
Lopez may visit Brooklyn site next week - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York