Mar 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Miles Plumlee (21) lays the ball up between the defense of Virginia Tech Hokies forward Dorian Finney-Smith (15) and Cadarian Raines (4) in the second half during the quarter-finals of the 2012 ACC Men

Big Men In Plumlee (Duke), Stutz (Wichita State), and Frease (Xavier) Trains With Wolves

 

Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Xavier Musketeers center Kenny Frease (32) dunks against the Baylor Bears during the first half in the semi-finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

Earlier this week on Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves worked out with 6 prospects in tonight’s 2012 NBA Draft. Three of the six possible Timberwolves in the upcoming NBA season, were big men who could possibly help out the center position for the Wolves. The Wolves definitely need a big man to rebound and simply be a presence in the paint. The Wolves already have All-Star Kevin Love and rising big man Nikola Pekovic, but another big man would put the NBA slogan BIG with the tean.

These three big men attended the workout at Target Center in Downtown Minnepolis, were to big men. Miles Plumlee from Duke returned after attending the league-wide draft session at the LifeTime Fitness Training Center held early in June while Garrett Stutz from Wichita State, returned as well to Target Center. This time, however, the Timberwolves coaching staff which included Head Coach Rick Adelman last Tuesday, were able to workout with center Kenny Frease from Xavier.

Miles Plumlee is a 6 foot 10 center and finished his college basketball career as a senior at Duke where he averaged 6.6 points per game along with 7.1 rebounds per game. Plumlee has showed his passion in learning more on how to be a successful big man by studying and watching Kevin Love play and witness how Love dominates the paint through hard work and brute strength. Hey, you could possibly play with him you know …

Garrett Stutz whose first name may possibly ring a bell to some true Timberwolves fans (Garnett?), is a 7 foot center who was awarded as a member of the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team honors this past season. Stutz, just like the previous two centers discussed above played 4 years in college. In his final year in Wichita State, Stutz averaged 13.2 points per game and led the team with 8.9 rebounds, and 1 block per game.

Kenny Frease has also played in college for 4 years and helped Xavier win 100 games and reach three Sweet 16s. As a senior Frease averaged 10.2 points per game and shot 51.4% during his entire college career. Frease made the school’s records book by ranking 4th in most blocks in Xavier basketball history.

The Wolves without a doubt need a big man on their roster. Darko Milicic may be a “good” center for them, but they need a big man that can physically dominate the paint coming off the bench. The NBA today is a league full of smaller and quicker guys and with the decades of the dominating big man (Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and the likes) behind the league for now, any solid big man drafted into the NBA would be a plus for any NBA team, especially for the Timberwolves.

K-Love, reinforcements are coming soon … hopefully though.

Mar 31, 2011; New York, NY, USA; Wichita State Shockers center Garrett Stutz (41) cuts the net after the win against Alabama Crimson Tide in the finals of the 2011 NIT at Madison Square Garden. Shockers beat the Crimson Tide, 66-57. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-US PRESSWIRE

 

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