Trail Blazers pre-draft workouts: Who shines in the first group?

The Portland Trail Blazers’ first wave of tryouts came on Tuesday, with six potential rookies coming to the Pacific Northwest to audition for a spot on the team going forward.

Here is a brief recap of some of the big events of the day:

Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite)

Daniels is the team’s No. 1, and if the Blazers choose to retain No. 7, Daniels has a good chance of being a rookie.

He also talked about his Australian heritage and his connection to Blazers wing Joe Ingles.

Julian Champagne (St John’s)

Champagnie averaged 19.2 points per game last season with St. John’s. His brother Justin currently plays for the Toronto Raptors.

Darius Day (Louisiana State University)

Days played three seasons at LSU, averaging 11.6 points in his final season. In a 2020 interview, Days compared himself to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Mohammad Gaye (Washington State)

Gueye is likely to be the one to watch when it comes to adding players to the summer league roster. His interview was posted to the Blazers’ Twitter account, where he talked about enjoying the pre-draft process.

Fat Russell (Maryland)

Russell is someone who could be considered for the 57th pick. He played four seasons at Rhode Island before transferring to the University of Maryland. He recently celebrated his 24th birthday, which would make him older than Anfernee Simons.

Dallas Walton (Wake Forest)

Walton, who is 7 feet tall, played and started 35 games for Wake Forest last season. He will likely be an undrafted free agent.

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