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NBA Draft 2012: Atlanta Hawks Host Largest Pre-Draft Workouts – 6/20

The Atlanta Hawks held their largest workout session for potential draftees earlier today as the franchise gets ready for the 2012 NBA Draft.

Lets take a closer look at the six participants who were in attendance.

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Will Barton (Memphis)
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 174
Age: 21
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

Barton started in 59 of 70 games in his two-year career at Memphis and led the Tigers and Conference USA in scoring this past year at an 18.0 ppg clip … he was also among the league leaders in rebounding (7 th), FG percentage (11th), FT percentage (10th), assists (13th), steals (5th) and minutes played (4th) … the only guard ranked in the top ten of C-USA’s rebounding leaders, Barton grabbed eight boards a game … named the conference’s Most Valuable Player in 2012, he was also selected to CBSSports.com’s third-team All-America
squad … Barton had a career-best 30 points at Tulsa … his hometown is Baltimore, MD .

CAREER TOTALS – 15.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals (.471 FG%, .299 3FG%, .733 FT%).

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William Buford (Ohio State)

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 215
Age: 22
Position: Shooting Guard

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

A durable, athletic shooter with great range, Buford was Ohio State’s third leading scorer in 2011-12, tallying 14.5 ppg in 39 games … a second-team All-Big Ten player in 2011-12, he started in 137 of 145 career games for the Buckeyes … in four years at OSU, Buford concluded his career as the school’s third all-time leading scorer (tied with Jerry Lucas) and helped the team reach the NCAA Final Four last April in New Orleans … in 2009, he was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year … born in Toledo, OH.

CAREER TOTALS – 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists (.440 FG%, .385 3FG%, .811 FT%).

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Eric Griffin (Campbell)

Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 201
Age: 22
Position: Power Forward

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

Hailing from a school who has never had a player selected in the NBA Draft, Griffin could become the first Campbell player to make it to the big stage … released from his high school team as a junior, he has had a interesting journey to get this far, in addition to growing five inches … after attending two community colleges before landing at Campbell, Griffin played in 60 games for the Fighting Games … he averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 1.5 apg last year (.610 FG%, .367 3FG%, .568 FT%) … hails from Orlando, FL.

CAREER TOTALS – 14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists (.559 FG%, .352 3FG%, .588 FT%).

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Khris Middleton (Texas A&M)
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 216
Age: 20
Position: Small Forward

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

A cousin of former Hawks forward Josh Powell, Middleton appeared in 20 games last season at Texas A&M, having started in 17 … he missed seven contests after suffering a partially torn right meniscus, then missed another five in middle of conference play after reinjuring the same knee in an overtime win over Oklahoma … played strong in his return, averaging 16.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg over the final seven games and upped that scoring total in the Big 12 Tournament (19.5 ppg) … over the course of the season, he finished second in both scoring (13.2) and rebounding (5.0) for the Aggies … his hometown is North Charleston, SC.

CAREER TOTALS – 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists (.432 FG%, .321 3FG%, .768 FT%).

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Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt)
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 225
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

The second-leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference in 2011-12 (behind teammate John Jenkins), Taylor was also a first-team All-Conference player at his position … after his selection to the All-Freshman Team in 2008, he was a two-time All-SEC second team performer in ’09 and ’10 … Taylor posted 16.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.9 apg in 36 games as a senior (.493 FG%, .423 3FG%, .605 FT%) … the third all-time leading scorer in Commodore history, he also ranks in the school’s top ten in rebounding, steals, FTs made and attempted … his father, Jeff, played in the NBA for Houston and Detroit, and eventually played professionally in Sweden, where Jeffrey was born (Norrkoping).

CAREER TOTALS – 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists (.483 FG%, .358 3FG%, .693 FT%).

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Hollis Thompson (Georgetown)
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 206
Age: 21
Position: Small Forward

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

An early entry candidate, Thompson finished second on the Hoyas in scoring this past season with 12.8 ppg and third in rebounding at 5.5 rpg (.464 FG%, .430 3FG%, .679 FT%) … both numbers were career highs … he was third in the Big East in three-point FG percentage, and was named to the conference’s honorable mention team … a native of Pasadena, CA.

CAREER TOTALS – 8.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists (.478 FG%, .440
3FG%, .676 FT%).

Topics: 2012 NBA Draft, Atlanta Hawks, Eric Griffin, Hollis Thompson, Khris Middleton, Will Barton, William Buford

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