Chism opens eyes with Bucks' workout

Wayne Chism is out trying to change perceptions.

The former Tennessee forward apparently had to start with some about his body.

A morning workout in Milwaukee for the Bucks on Wednesday seemingly accomplished that before Chism even stepped on the floor, opening up director of scouting Billy McKinney's eyes to a differently sized player than he was expecting.

"He's bigger than advertised," McKinney told Bucks.com. "I've watched Tennessee play several times this season and I thought he was probably 6-7 maybe at tops, an undersized power forward.

"But he's a legitimate 6-9, evenly proportioned competitor. He played very well today."

That strong performance might not send Chism's stock soaring just yet, but it clearly didn't hurt a player who's still no lock to get selected in the NBA draft on June 24 in New York.

Chism was one of six players brought in for the morning session by the Bucks, and he held his own against Oklahoma's Tiny Gallon and North Carolina's Deon Thompson during workouts inside with the forwards.

"I loved the match-up, I loved the banging around on the inside," Chism told the website. "They're both physical players and they both are good.

"You know, I don't know (what stood out). I competed though and that's the biggest thing. I competed and I stayed physical with those two guys, but they play hard."

Chism bolstered his reputation as a senior for the Vols last year by doing that all year during the run to the Elite Eight, and he looked increasingly more like a pro prospect throughout the postseason.

Questions about his role at the next level based on his size were bound to come up in the days leading up to the draft, but the answers he's already providing could reserve him a spot in its second round.

"There are some nuggets in the second round, whereas people are focused on the first round, of course, with the money that's guaranteed to those players for a three- or four-year period," McKinney said. "We have to be diligent about our work as we were with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and know that we can find players in the second round that can be productive players in the NBA.

"I have to say that this was probably one of the best workouts we've had this year. Every time we bring players in we have a breakfast meeting and it was a really delightful group of young men to talk to. Then on the court today, the talents were evenly matched and the competitive spirit was really great. We felt like we learned a lot more about some of the players that we watched during the course of their career."

All it took for Chism was a measurement.

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AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

I think where he doesn't have quite the athletic ability of a lot of pros, his heart and determination will make up for that most of the time........

Go Wayne!!!!

allvol9 writes:

Great news! Good luck Wayne.

dvhill100 writes:

I wish you well.

johnlg00 writes:

Although Wayne played too much of his career as if he were a 6'7" wing player rather than a 6'9" post player, he showed what he was made of in his last year. If he shows he can defend post men, keeps his decent outside shot, and continues to improve his post offense, he should make a nice living playing pro ball, even if the NBA teams dummy up by not drafting him.

BigBadVol writes:

One of my favorite Vols! Good luck Wayne!

Volunatic writes:

Good luck Wayne! You had a great career here at UT, and we're rooting for you to do well at the next level, too.

easleychuck writes:

Keep workin', Mr.Chism.

crappieking writes:

Great job Wayne! Keep it going.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Although Wayne played too much of his career as if he were a 6'7" wing player rather than a 6'9" post player, he showed what he was made of in his last year. If he shows he can defend post men, keeps his decent outside shot, and continues to improve his post offense, he should make a nice living playing pro ball, even if the NBA teams dummy up by not drafting him.

I think Wayne would play wing in the NBA, but I don't know if he had that in mind...

KevDVol writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Chill just a bit. Not everyone is a hoopsychopedia. The point was that the name Tiny Gallon is kind of funny.

And, why would a person wet their pants simply because they met someone? Chism and the team rep seemed to describe all the players as sharp likable guys.

DaddyVol writes:

in response to The_Four_Horsemen:

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He's probably a pint short.

Hounddog writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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Big Orange Kool Aid...that's a funny handle you are calling yourself. Heck, I'll think about you when I lift my leg and pee big orange koolaid. Hounddog.

BTW
Do you really think anyone on this site cares waht you actually say, or think

TnScooby writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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Wow then you shouldn't comment on ANYTHING!!!..You have the intelligence of a retarded house plant and a personality that would be even less...Wayne Chism has more intelligence in his ear lobe than you have in your entire body...This article was written to inform folks of his progress towards his NBA career...Your comments on here are obviously written to inform everyone you don't have one...Congrats Wayne and best wishes...You ARE an extraordinary example of a modern student-athlete and proud you played at UT!!

Jerry_Garcia writes:

Good luck, Wayne! You represented the Vols well in every way!

Volunatic writes:

in response to TnScooby:

Wow then you shouldn't comment on ANYTHING!!!..You have the intelligence of a retarded house plant and a personality that would be even less...Wayne Chism has more intelligence in his ear lobe than you have in your entire body...This article was written to inform folks of his progress towards his NBA career...Your comments on here are obviously written to inform everyone you don't have one...Congrats Wayne and best wishes...You ARE an extraordinary example of a modern student-athlete and proud you played at UT!!

My house plants are offended at the comparison with BOKA.

Waynesworld writes:

Id love for Wayne to come to the bucks... As a Wisconsin Vols fan, this would be excellent fit for the bucks.. They need a player that can go anywhere on the floor.
Good luck Wayne

TnScooby writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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More houseplant comments...YOU should stick to what YOU know...For your information brainiac I HAVE spoken with Wayne NUMEROUS times and found him to be an engaging and very insightful well-spoken young man...and the conversations were in a professional capacity, not as an "autograph chaser"...As for your pathetic attempt to label anyone who calls you on your s--- by using "trailer" in a sentence, that displays YOUR ignorance, not theirs....Get a life moron!!

Colliervol writes:

in response to TnScooby:

More houseplant comments...YOU should stick to what YOU know...For your information brainiac I HAVE spoken with Wayne NUMEROUS times and found him to be an engaging and very insightful well-spoken young man...and the conversations were in a professional capacity, not as an "autograph chaser"...As for your pathetic attempt to label anyone who calls you on your s--- by using "trailer" in a sentence, that displays YOUR ignorance, not theirs....Get a life moron!!

Relax Scoob. You are arguing with a person whose only meaningful conversation each day is with the hash browns on his/her shift down at the Waffle House.

Never get into a battle of wits with an unarmed man. It will only serve to frustrate you.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Chris4Vols22:

I think Wayne would play wing in the NBA, but I don't know if he had that in mind...

My concern about Wayne playing the perimeter in the NBA is about how he could defend the average 3-position player in that league. I think he is big and quick enough to defend most NBA power forwards but probably not quick enough to defend the average NBA small forward. In any case, I hope he gets the opportunity to show what he can do, since he is one of my favorite BasketVols ever.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Wayne actually did well against the bigs he played against. A coupla bad games with fouls but he for the most part stayed with his man or often outplayed him. I don't remember anybody out playing Chism. He did embarrass himself a few times...but he did well here against the best competition in the country.

veinsoforange writes:

are we having a men's Pilot league??? does ANYONE know?

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