Shawn Marion describes Wally Szczerbiak’s draft workout: “Took his shirt off and shot all jumpers, that was it”

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Over the years, potential top draft picks usually control the narrative of how they want to be perceived by teams during pre-draft. Second round/undrafted guys work out for almost every team just to get their chance, while some lottery level players pass up invites. In 1999, Wally Szczerbiak was out to establish himself as a can’t miss shooter coming out of Miami University in Ohio.

When teams showed up to watch Szczerbiak’s workout, it was clear that he wanted to show off his most valuable attribute. Shawn Marion was a lottery pick in the same class and had gone up against a number of the draft’s small forwards, except for Wally. He revealed the 40.6% career three-point shooter had a very specific private workout. 

(Via Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles):

“Took his shirt off and shot all jumpers, that was it.” said Marion.

“That’s kudos, I got to give him kudos, it worked.”