Terrell Stoglin talks to the media following a pre-draft workout… (Derick E. Hingle, US PRESSWIRE )
The New Orleans Hornets have the first and 10th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. The first pick is believed to be a lock in Kentucky's Anthony Davis, but a number of names have been mentioned at No. 10.
Terrell Stoglin has not been in that group -- and has barely been talked about as even a second-round pick since declaring his eligibilty for the draft after being suspended for a year by Maryland last month.
So what was the former Terps guard and last season's ACC top scorer doing in the Big Easy Monday working out for the Hornets, who don't even own a second-round draft pick?
What was he doing in a group that included potential first-round draft picks Austin Rivers of Duke, Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut and Terrence Ross of Washington?
Hornets general manager Dell Demps said after the workout that all the players the team brought in -- which also included a group of big men highlighted by North Carolina's Tyler Zeller -- were ones the team is considering at No. 10.
Demps would not speak about any players individually, but I assume Stoglin has somehow put himself in that group. Demps said that "defense is big," which could ultimately doom Stoglin if he doesn't pay more attention to that end of the floor than he did for the Terps.
I talked with a number of NBA scouts last winter who said the same thing about Stoglin: that he needed at least another year in Mark Turgeon's system to prove he could be a full-time point guard in the pros.
I've spoken to a couple of scouts in the weeks since Stoglin left College Park -- after violating a code of conduct for university athletes -- and they said he'd likely end up on a D-League roster next fall or overseas.
"I want to show people that I’m a playmaker," Stoglin told a member of the Hornets' public relations staff after the workout. "I have a label as a scorer because I scored in college, but I’m a point guard and I want to show I am a point guard."
The team has a lot of young guards, including former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez, who played quite a bit in his first season in New Orleans and finished the year averaging nearly 9 points and more than 5 assists per game. Williams called guard Eric Gordon "our best player."
It's not known how many other teams Stoglin has worked out for, but my colleague Jeff Barker tweeted Saturday that the Philadelphia media was speculating about some interest from the 76ers.
That Stoglin got invited into such select company in New Orleans could be an indication of some teams willing to take a chance because of his ability to score in bursts.