James, Matthews on NBA Draft Bubble
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Former Marquette guard Wesley Matthews shook his head when he talked about a recent psychological quiz he took that asked if he'd rather watch a house be built or painters paint.
"You can't say 'neither.' You can't say 'TV,"' Matthews deadpanned on Wednesday. "There was no why, I just did the building."
Matthews and teammate Dominic James are working to build a reputation that they're worthy of a draft pick. The pair were in Milwaukee as part of a pre-draft workout for the Bucks. They're two of the six players who worked out, all considered second-round talents.
James, who considered leaving for the NBA after his sophomore year but returned for two more seasons, is coming off a broken foot late in February that cost him all but the final game of the season.
Milwaukee's player personnel director Dave Babcock said he thinks both Matthews and James will play professionally, but it may be overseas.
"They'll both make money playing basketball. Wes is definitely a potential second-round pick," Babcock said. "With Dominic's injury and so forth, I will say it's going to be tough for him to get drafted, but you never know."
The Bucks, who also hold the 10th pick overall, have a good streak of picking up strong players in the second round, including Michael Redd, Ramon Sessions and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. The Bucks also brought in Missouri's DeMarre Carroll, who was impressive.
"You definitely like him and could you see the Bucks taking him at 41? It's possible," Babcock said. "Some of our second-round picks -- Ramon Sessions, we didn't work out here, Michael Redd, we didn't work out here -- so it's not all based on this."
Matthews and James, along with teammate Jerel McNeal, were Marquette's highly touted class of guards who stayed all four years. McNeal is scheduled to work out with the Bucks later in the week.
"We didn't think it was going to take this long, but I'm glad it did," Matthews said. "We had a lot of fun at Marquette, we had a great four years, great careers and hopefully it'll continue at the NBA level."
James said he enjoyed working out with Matthews, his college roommate who moved out on Tuesday. The pair also got a chance to chat in a pre-draft workout in Houston.
"In Houston, I got off the plane and I was on my way to get my luggage," James said. "(The driver) was like, 'We've been waiting on you, we've got another guy in the car. Do you know Wes Matthews?' And I laughed. Not only is he my teammate, he's my roommate, too."
Matthews said he'll work out for everyone he can in an effort to be drafted.
"Some days you feel on top of the world, then the next day, some uncertainty creeps in your head. I'm confident in the fact my name will be called," said Matthews, who averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds last season. "Praying every day, working every day, doing everything that I can. I just hate the fact that this isn't 100 percent in my hands."
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