Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Echenique to Work Out for Wizards, Suns, Nets (UPDATED)
Former Creighton and Rutgers big man Greg Echenique will work out for the Washington Wizards June 3, the Phoenix Suns June 18 and the Nets June 19, his agent told SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound center has already worked out for the Boston Celtics, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I think the Blazers was my best workout yet,” Echenique told SNY.tv of Friday’s workout. “I thought I played hard and finished well every time I had the ball. I got some good feedback from the staff.
“As for the Nets, I’m glad that more and more teams are giving me the opportunity to play in front of them and show what I can bring to the table. I consider myself a bit of an underdog during this process so every chance that I get I try and do my best.
“And going back to the East Coast close to where I started my high school and college career means a lot. I still have my host family there so being close to home will be nice, too.”
A native of Venezuela, Echenique averaged 9.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last year at Creighton, and notched 13 points and seven rebounds in a win over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. His season — and career — ended at the hands of Duke in the second round.
“There’s starting to be a real buzz out there about him,” agent Ben Pensack previously told SNY.tv. “Teams are realizing what he brings to the table defensively is really, really unique.
“In Boston, they told me they think he could make the NBA.”
Former Iona guard Lamont “Momo” Jones will also work out for the Nets June 20, as reported Thursday.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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