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Interview with Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal at NBA pre-draft combine

ATLANTA - MARCH 12:  Gani Lawal #31 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dunks against the Clemson Tigers during day one of the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 12, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Ryan MillerCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

Have you worked out for any teams yet?

I have my first workout June 1 at Minnesota so I’m looking forward to that and I’m just going to have fun with the whole process.

 

On how he makes up for his lack of height:

I make up for my lack of height with my length, athleticism, explosiveness, they way I play with a lot of energy and as a high motor guy, so I think I will put all those critics to rest if a respective team will give me the opportunity.

 

On his performance at the combine:
It’s gone well. I think I’ve played well, shot the ball well, showcase my skills in the drills, tested well, so I think it’s been an overall positive move forward for me.

 

On seeing guys from high school camps and McDonald’s All-American teammates again:
It’s cool seeing familiar faces. The biggest thing, like I’m saying, is you can’t be too uptight. It’s basketball at the end of the day, it’s what we love and what we have fun doing. You’ve got to prepare for it and work hard, but at the same time have fun.

 

NBA Pre-draft Combine Results:

Height w/o shoes: 6' 7.75"
Height w/ shoes: 6' 9"
Weight: 229
Wingspan: 7' 0"
Standing Reach: 8' 10"
Body Fat: 7.2 percent
No Step Vert. 30.0
Max Vert. 34.5
Bench Press: 17
Lane Agility: 11.93
3/4 Court Sprint: 3.34 sec.

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