Prospect from Georgetown is given a good look-see

Posted: June 09, 2007

The 76ers' basic approach to the NBA draft is this: Identify the player you want most, then do as much as you can to get him. They did it in 2004 when they targeted Andre Iguodala. They did it last year for Rodney Carney.

This time, as the only team with three first-round selections, they have multiple targets at Nos. 12, 21 and 30. That's why they have already conducted private workouts for 12 prospects at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and why they had a full contingent in Washington yesterday to check out Georgetown's Jeff Green.

The 6-9 Green, with a season of eligibility remaining, has not hired an agent, keeping open the option of returning to school. Among seven national Web sites yesterday, he was projected as early as No. 7 and as late as No. 14. It wouldn't be a surprise if he were high on the Sixers' priority list.

"He looked great, very skilled, but, more than his playing ability, just as a person, to talk with him was very impressive," Sixers president/general manager Billy King said during a conference call while aboard a train back to Philadelphia.

In comments distributed by the Sixers, Green was quoted as saying: "It went pretty well. I'm not going to do anything out of the norm. I did want to try to show them a little extra and give them all I got. I just want to go out there, be myself and just show what I can do on the court."

King indicated that he and his staff have not focused in on a singular target, saying, "It's getting clear, but not yet."

Green, an Associated Press third-team All-America choice this season, was the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament's East Regional. At 14.3 points per game, he led Georgetown in scoring. Asked during the league's recent predraft camp in Orlando whether it would be a disappointment to drop to No. 12, he said, "It wouldn't be a bad thing to drop that far; it might be a good thing." He also said it was his plan to work out for teams "in the Nos. 5-12 range."

The Sixers are finalizing a workout with another set of prospects Tuesday at PCOM. Senior vice president/assistant general manager Tony DiLeo confirmed this week that they have been in discussions with Jeff Hawes, the father of Washington's Spencer Hawes about a possible workout for the 7-foot freshman center. They are also trying to work out a multiple-team session for 6-10 Sean Williams, who was dismissed from Boston College midway through this season for violating team rules. Williams has been training in Houston with former Sixers coach/general manager John Lucas.

"We're open to anything," DiLeo said. "We've been getting calls; in Orlando, we had some inquiries. We've continued to leave all options open. It's always been our philosophy that, if there's a certain player we like, we try to go get him." *

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