Raptors at Disney World

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Let the schmoozing begin.

The NBA's annual pre-draft camp opened yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort with college players hoping to be picked late in the first round or the second round strutting their stuff in short drill sessions.

But the real story isn't on the court.

Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo is here with almost every one of his counterparts from around the NBA. Colangelo will be anticipating offers for the Raptors' first overall pick in the June 28 draft, which is up for grabs if a good deal is on the table.

Colangelo has a big support staff on hand this week, including head coach Sam Mitchell, assistants Jim Todd and Jay Triano and scouts Jim Kelly, Bob Zuffelato and Mike Evans.

After this camp wraps up Friday, many NBA types will travel to Treviso, Italy for the Eurocamp next week, possibly featuring potential No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani of Italy.

As for this camp, it's a chance for Colangelo and Co. to look at prospects for their second-round picks -- Nos. 35 and 56 -- and perhaps a little more. All the big names eventually will show up this week for physicals and some may participate in private workouts during breaks in official camp play.

"It's the last test for a lot of guys who probably are on the 35 bubble and maybe a few players who want to make a show at 56," Kelly said. "The players who are off near (the top) of the first round in the draft usually are on individual workouts in between. For the top guys, you're not going to have a peek at them."

But the Raptors already have had a glance at one of the top guys -- LSU forward Tyrus Thomas -- in a workout just after the draft lottery. Thomas has been working out at Disney recently in preparation for the draft and talked with reporters earlier this week.

"Really, this doesn't surprise me," said Thomas, who wasn't even a starter at LSU at the start of the season. "I honestly don't think all this hit fast. Maybe to the media and public it did, but in my two years of college, I was in the gym every night and a lot of mornings."

Meanwhile, ESPN reported that Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison will be in Toronto for a workout June 21, with the possibility that Connecticut's top prospect, Rudy Gay, will join him. The other top American draft candidate -- Texas forward LaMarcus Aldridge -- is expected to make his way to Toronto before the draft.

But there also is speculation that the Raptors could trade down and take one of two point guards -- Marcus Williams of Connecticut or Rajon Rondo of Kentucky.

One player who could use a solid camp is Toronto-born Denham Brown of Connecticut. Brown is projected as a second-round pick on many draft web sites.


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