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Chase Budinger In Today

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm •  Published: June 23, 2009

Thunder just announced a five-player workout for today, a group of swingmen that includes Arizona’s Chase Budinger, Memphis’ Antonio Anderson, Temple’s Dionte Christmas, LSU’s Garrett Temple and Villanova’s Dwayne Anderson.

Budinger is the biggest name on the list, the only one who projects as a first-round pick. He could be a candidate for the Thunder at No. 25 if the team keeps the pick and he’s still on the board. Seems he’ll have to impress today in a session in which he’s without a doubt the best prospect in the workout.

It’s the second workout for Christmas, which is interesting because the Thunder doesn’t currently have a second-round pick and the No. 25 is considered way too high to draft him. I did have Christmas as a potential sleeper, though. Maybe the Thunder would like to trade into the second round and grab him, or even do a post-draft trade similar to the Kyle Weaver acquisition and bring him in.

Chase Budinger
School: Arizona
Position: Small forward.
Height: 6-7.
Weight: 206.
Class: Junior.
2008-09 averages: 18 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals.

Antonio Anderson
School: Memphis.
Position: Small forward.
Height: 6-6.
Weight: 214.
Class: Senior.
2008-09 averages: 10.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.4 steals.

Dwayne Anderson
School: Villanova.
Position: Small forward.
Height: 6-6.
Weight: 215.
Class: Senior.
2008-09 averages: 9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.4 assists.

Dionte Christmas
School: Temple.
Position: Shooting guard/Small forward.
Height: 6-5.
Weight: 205.
Class: Senior.
2008-09 averages: 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals.

Garrett Temple
School: LSU.
Position: Shooting guard/Small forward.
Height: 6-6.
Weight: 190.
Class: Senior.
2008-09 averages: 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.7 steals.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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