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Charlotte's preparation for the 2008 NBA Draft began Wednesday at the Presbyterian Hospital Training Center at Time Warner Cable Arena with Duke???s DeMarcus Nelson, Virginia???s Sean Singletary, Mississippi State???s Jamont Gordon, Florida State???s Jason Rich, Oregon???s Malik Hairston and Eastern Tennessee State University???s Courtney Pigram all participating in new Head Coach Larry Brown's first predraft workouts with the Bobcats. DeMarcus Nelson was a two-time captain for the Blue Devils and finished his career ranked 33rd all-time in scoring (1,336 points), 28th in rebounds (606), 14th in three-pointers made (124), 13th in three-point percentage (.373) and 21st in steals (145). He is one of only six players in school history to record 1,300 points, 600 rebounds, 200 assists and 125 steals. Nelson was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, All-ACC First Team and ACC Coaches??? All-Defensive Team in his senior season. Named to the ACC All-Tournament Second Team after leading Duke with 15.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Sean Singletary played four years at Virginia is the only player in ACC history with 2,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals. A three time All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team selection, Singletary was also a three-time co-captain for the Cavaliers. As a Bob Cousy Award finalist in 2007-08, he scored in double figures in all 33 games, closing a streak in which he tallied double figures in 55 straight contests ??? a Virginia record. Ranked second in the ACC in assists (6.1), third in scoring (19.8 points), fourth in free throw percentage (.851), sixth in steals (1.82) and minutes played (34.0 mpg), and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.58). Jamont Gordon is an early entrant for the 2008 NBA Draft after being named First Team All-SEC as junior at Mississippi State in 2007-08. He ranked second on the team in scoring (17.2 points, ranked seventh in the SEC) and third in rebounding (6.6), while leading the squad in assists (4.9, third). Gordon also scored 20 or more points 16 times and currently ranks seventh on Mississippi State???s all-time scoring list with 1,558 career points. Jason Rich finished his four-year career at Florida State ranked in the Top 25 in 10 different statistical categories, including 17th in scoring (1,315 points), tied for 15th in steals (133), 16th in career field goals made (510) and 23rd in assists (224). He averaged a career-high 14.5 points (second on the team), 2.1 assists (second on team), 4.4 rebounds (third) and 1.2 steals (third) while shooting .446 from the field and .772 from the free throw line. Malik Hairston finished his four-year career at Oregon tied for sixth with Stan Love and Fred Jones on Oregon???s all-time scoring list with 1,644 points. He also ranks seventh all-time in field goals made (612), sixth in blocked shots (71), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.395) and 12th in three-point field goals made (145). Averaged a team-high 16.3 points (ranked ninth in the Pac-10) and 4.8 rebounds in his senior season and also ranked fifth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.433). Courtney Pigram is an early entrant for the 2008 NBA Draft after having scored 1,445 points in his three-year career at Eastern Tennessee State University. He finished first on the team with 15.8 points and sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference with 3.4 assists. Pigram won A-Sun Player of the Year honors in his sophomore season in 2006-07 after finishing second in the league with an average of 18.1 points. He led the team in scoring that season and led the conference with 86 3-pointers made. Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins, Head Coach Larry Brown, Nelson, Singletary and Rich all spoke with the media following the workout.


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