MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — NBA draft hopefuls Jeff Withey and Ryan Evans spoke with a handful of reporters Thursday following their pre-draft workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
But team president of basketball operations Flip Saunders ducked out as soon as the 1 1/2 hour, six-player session inside the Target Center Lifetime Fitness center concluded. According to multiple reports, he was scheduled to hop on a plane bound for Washington, D.C.
There, he'll meet with highly-rated Victor Oladipo, the Indiana shooting guard whose draft stock may have risen more than any other prospect this offseason.
Originally scheduled to meet with the media, Saunders left it up to former Big Ten foe Ryan Evans, a forward out of Wisconsin, to discuss Oladipo's potential.
"A guy like him, he's someone who's in the gym all the time," said Evans, whose team beat eventual Sweet 16 qualifier Indiana twice last season. "So he's gonna be constantly improving. … He's greatly impressed me throughout his career, the way he's really accomplished things and moved forward and gotten better. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does in his transition in the league.
"I would love to have him as a teammate."
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