Some comments from Marreese Speights and New Jersey Nets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe following Speights’ recent workout with the Nets, courtesy of New York Post Nets’ beat writer Fred Kerber:
Vandeweghe on Speights:
“Very quick feet, very athletic, can really jump, very good shooter. I was surprised at how much his (shooting) range has improved. He’s gotten better. He had a good day today.”
Vandeweghe on where Speights fits in with what he’s seen, is Speights a different big man than JaVale McGee and Brook Lopez?
“Yeah, he’s very different. He’s a different type of player. I’m not saying he’s more or less talented (than them) but he’s extremely talented. You can see him coming and playing minutes right away. He was impressive. No question.”
Speights on his workout:
“It was a hard, good workout. I keep getting better and better every workout so I think I did pretty good overall.”
On what he could bring to the Nets:
“I can bring a four-man who can shoot the long ball, shoot the 18-footer.”
Speights, currently projected as a mid-to-late first round pick, worked out for Cleveland, Orlando, Washington and New Jersey last week and is scheduled to work out for Phoenix this week. He has until June 18 to decide whether to return to Florida for his junior season or declare for the NBA draft.
The Nets hold the 10th and 21st overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft, held later this month at Madison Square Garden.