Trevon Hughes' NBA journey starts with Bucks

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Hughes_Penney_Bucks.jpgTrevon Hughes didn't have to travel far for his first steps into the NBA waters. Hughes was one of 12 NBA-eligible players invited to the Milwaukee Bucks first pre-draft workout at the Bucks Training Center Monday.

Hughes and the other prospects were put through several drills as well as live action competitive situations in front of scouts and Bucks executives.

"I think it went pretty well," Hughes told reporters after the session. "We ran up and down. We played one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three with some shooting drills. I felt good about it."

Other notable invitees to the Bucks' pre-draft workout included: Craig Brackins (Iowa State), Jerome Randle (Cal), Samardo Samuels (Louisville), Derrick Caracter (UTEP), Trevor Booker (Clemson) and Jerry Smith (Louisville).

When asked about the prospects of potentially staying in Wisconsin for his professional career, Hughes admitted that it would be a great fit.

"I went to high school out here. I went to college out here. The best way to end it is to stay, right?"

Hughes also said Monday that he has three more workouts scheduled with NBA teams and more could follow. The NBA draft is June 24.

Coincidentally, former Badger Kirk Penney was also in attendance Monday as he is using the Bucks facility to train. Here are the comments Hughes and Bucks Assistant General Manager Jeff Weltman after the workout:

Jeff Weltman - Assistant General Manager

On Trevon Hughes...
"Trevon worked really hard today and we were happy to have him in as a local kid in our first visit. We thought that was good for him and good for us. He'll get his chance to show his talents to a lot of teams because he's a very competitive player."
 
On the positives about Hughes...
"We like his toughness and competitiveness and he got better every year and he's a winner. We were eager to have him in and he's a guy we've liked for a while."
 
Trevon Hughes

On the workout...
"I didn't know what to expect. That's what I was anxious for, to come in here and show them what I've got."
 
On how the session went...
"I think it went pretty well. We ran up and down. We played one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three with some shooting drills. I felt good about it."
 
On his expectations...
"I don't have any expectations. I just want to workout to the best of my ability, show them my athleticism and take it from there."
 
On how many workouts he has planned...
"I have about three more right now that are scheduled. More to come, I'm pretty sure. Right now it's a dead-week with the NBA pre-draft camp coming up on Wednesday."
 
On what he needs to work on...
"Developing a more consistent jump shot. I can shoot it but the (3-point) line is further back. (I'll) keep working out there and make better decisions offensively and in the one-on-one game, because it's not like high school and college anymore. There's more one-on-one in the NBA."
 
On how his experience with Wisconsin prepared him for the next level...
"Playing at Wisconsin taught me how to play a slow-paced game in a half-court, offensive setting, ball screens and getting everyone involved. (Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan) was big on that because he was a guard in college."
 
On if he wants to be a Buck...
"Definitely. I went to high school out here. I went to college out here. The best way to end it is to stay, right?"
 
On how much his intangibles help...
"Just being vocal out here (helps). Everybody is competing with one another but at the same time everybody wants some feedback so they can get through the workout. So when you see somebody struggling, be that vocal leader. Or sometimes lead by example, be the first one." 

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