St. John's star guard Dwight Hardy worked out for the New Jersey Nets on Monday -- but he wasn't the only local product in the six-player group.
Greg Washington, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Hofstra, also participated in the workout. It was his first workout for an NBA team.
"It was fun, playing against guys you see on TV," said Washington. "I was grateful to be here."
(The other five players were Hardy, Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough, Georgia guard Travis Leslie, Virgina guard Mustapha Farrakhan, and French center Bangaly Fofana.)
Washington averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game in his final year at Hofstra, which finished the season 21-12, and tied for second in the Colonial Athletic Association at 14-4. He made the CAA All-Defensive team three years in a row, and set a school record for career blocked shots with 275. But it is highly doubtful he will hear his name called in Thursday night's NBA draft. Washington, who hails from Centerreach, N.Y., will almost certainly have to go abroad to continue his basketball career.
"My agent definitely has some spots picked out," Washington said. "If [my name] gets called, it gets called. It'd be great to stay home. But if it doesn't, there's always more basketball to be played."
Washington's Hofstra teammate, Charles Jenkins, on the other hand, is practically a lock to hear his name called on Thursday -- perhaps even in the first round. Washington and Jenkins are very good friends, and Washington said he has talked to Jenkins frequently in recent weeks, as Jenkins has traveled the country working out for NBA teams.
Jenkins also gave Washington some advice ahead of his workout with the Nets on Monday. "He was like, 'Show em what you've got, they just want to see you be competitive, show no fear,'" Washington said. "And I believe I did that today."