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CHICAGOThe NBA's Pre-Draft Camp a chance for about 65 wannabe players to show the league's coaches, general managers, personnel directors and scouts why they should be picked in the first round come June 26 gets under way Tuesday night at Moody Bible College. The vast majority of the high-profile college players think Jay ("Lose the Jason, please") Williams won't step foot on a gym floor this week and will only be in town to be weighed and measured by NBA officials and to participate in media sessions on Saturday. Only four of the camp participants a year ago were picked in the first round, so, in reality, the week's proceedings are more apt to give us an up close and personal look at the second round. The players will participate in drills Tuesday night, then drills and games in double sessions over the next three days.
Lottery shakedownThe majority of NBA scouting personnel is convinced that the 13 lottery selections will come from the following pool of 16 players:
Forwards: Drew Gooden (Kansas), Marcus Haislip (Tennessee), Nene Hilario (Brazil), Jared Jeffries (Indiana), Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), Amare Stoudemire (Cypress Creek High in Orlando), Nikoloz Tskitishivili (Georgia/Russia), Chris Wilcox (Maryland) and Qyntel Woods (Northeast Mississippi JC) Swingmen: Caron Butler (Connecticut) and Mike Dunleavy (Duke) Guards Dajuan Wagner (Memphis and Jay Williams (Duke)