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If one word has filtered through the approach to this year's draft for the Nets, it's "athlete." When you have a point guard like Deron Williams running the show, you want to surround him with as many athletes as possible. So the Nets, who pick 27th and 36th, brought in six athletic types yesterday -- two guards and four power forwards -- for the first group of draft workouts. And among the pack were two players, UCLA combo guard Malcolm Lee and Wisconsin shooting power forward Jon Leuer, who have shown up either directly on in close proximity to the Nets in several of the mock drafts. Plus, it doesn't hurt that those two have experience -- Leuer is a four-year guy while Lee played for three. "Lee is quick. Very, very quick and in their system, the way Ben [Howland] coaches, usually they're a very controlled halfcourt offense so you see some explosive quickness," said Nets general manager Billy King, not the only one with that assessment of the 6-foot-5 guard who shot .441 for his Bruins career. New York Post

May 28, 2011 Updates

The Pistons held their first big workout of the year on Wednesday. Cleveland State's Norris Cole, Malcolm Lee, Andrew Goudelock, Cory Joseph, Kalin Lucas and Andrew Albicy all participated. Keep an eye out for Cole. He's been really rising on a number of draft boards. Not only has he tested out as one of the best athletes in the draft, but he really looked like he belonged out there with the other, more highly-rated point guards in the draft. When you look at his body of work in college over the past couple of years, there's a lot to be impressed with. He could be a sleeper first-round selection. ESPN.com

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Chad Ford: Pistons had Norris Cole, Malcolm Lee, Andrew Goudelock, Cory Joseph, Kalin Lucas & Andrew Albicy in today. Cole & Lee stood out I'm told. Twitter

May 25, 2011 Updates

A couple of players really helped themselves in the group workout which featured more one-on-one and three-on-three type drills than were done in Chicago. So for some it was a chance to add to a resume that started in the gym last week. Malcolm Lee, a player we have been very high on here at HOOPSWORLD, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a legit point guard. He also shot the ball extremely well according to a couple of observers. This is the second group setting in which Lee showcased an improved shooting form, and executives have taken notice. Lee's dance card is really filling up, with sources close to the player saying he may have more workout requests than he can fit in in the next 29 days. HoopsWorld

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Massive group workouts seem to be a big theme in this year's draft proceedings. The Minnesota Timberwolves will be hosting a group workout with as many as 24 draft- hopeful participants, with representatives from 22 to 28 teams expected to be in attendance. Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress has confirmed 20 of the 24 players that will be participating in the two-day workouts scheduled for May 23-24, 2011. The list of guards confirmed for the Minnesota workout includes Butler's Shelvin Mack, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas, Iowa State's Diante Garrett, Michigan's Darius Morris, Kansas' Josh Selby, Boston College's Reggie Jackson and UCLA's Malcolm Lee. Examiner

May 13, 2011 Updates

Here's a prediction: Lee will continue that hot streak for UCLA. Lee was a top-rated prospect coming out of high school but struggled to dominate in college. While he's earned a rep as an elite perimeter defender, his offensive game has been a work in progress. What I saw Tuesday and Wednesday really impressed me. He's long, explosive athletically, very quick laterally and made a lot of very good decisions with the ball in three-on-three play. His jump shot is still coming along but the rest of the game looked to be there. The NBA loves big point guards and I think Lee will ultimately be a point guard in the league. I could see him sneaking into the first round and possibly even challenging Darius Morris. Morris is more of a pure point, but Lee is a significantly better athlete. ESPN.com

April 13, 2011 Updates

After learning last week that the junior guard was leaning toward leaving, Bruins Coach Ben Howland said he advised Lee in multiple conversations that he thought it was in Lee's best interest to remain in college. The coach said his sources in NBA general managers' offices project Lee to be drafted in the second round. True to form for a lockdown defender, Lee wouldn't budge in his stance. "My dream has always been to play in the NBA," Lee said in a statement, "and I think that this is the best time for me to try and make that a reality." Los Angeles Times

March 29, 2011 Updates

UCLA guard Malcolm Lee confirmed Tuesday that he has made himself eligible for the NBA draft but is reserving the right to withdraw by not hiring an agent. Lee, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior, was UCLA's second-leading scorer last season with 13.1 points a game, and has until May 8 to decide if he wants to return to school and continue playing for the Bruins. ESPN.com

ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford projects that Lee will go in the second round, if he is drafted at all. Lee will work out for NBA teams from April 28 through May 8 and get feedback about his draft position. "I feel like I'm a first-round draft pick, but my opinion really don't mean nothing," Lee said. "If I'm not a first-round draft pick as of right now. I can improve my stock in the workouts." ESPN.com

UCLA junior guard Malcolm Lee has decided to enter this year's draft. His father, Toshio Lee, told NBADraft.net's Rodney Halprin on Monday Night, "Malcolm is in. He has received experiences that will last a lifetime and I would recommend any kid go there." He also spoke very highly of Coach Ben Howland and UCLA. NBADraft.net

Meanwhile, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that junior guard Malcolm Lee is slated to declare for the draft as well, but not hire an agent. The source said that the staff expects Lee will return to the Bruins next season. ESPN.com

March 23, 2011 Updates

UCLA Coach Ben Howland said the potential of an NBA lockout would influence his advice to Bruins players deciding whether to declare for the draft, intimating that it might lead him to encourage them to return to college. "I can tell you in the NBA, in my opinion, this is going to be a serious lockout," Howland said Tuesday. "They will not be playing, in my opinion, next December and maybe even January. … You're not even going to get paid next year for half the year." FOX 43

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