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LiAngelo Ball had a workout with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Friday and he is feeling good about his fortunes in the draft, set for Thursday night in Brooklyn.
Ball was joined by Bucknell center Nana Foulland, West Virginia shooting guard Daxter Miles Jr., University of Chicago at Illinois/Canarias (Spain) center Tai Odiase, Baylor power forward Nuni Omot and Michigan power forward Duncan Robinson at the workout.
Ball told the San Francisco Chronicle the time he spent overseas was important in preparing him for the next step in his basketball career.
“I don’t think my game would be where I’m at right now,” Ball told the Chronicle. “Going overseas helped more, in my opinion. In college, I didn’t get the playing time I thought I’d get. So I was able to develop better overseas.”
He believes he will be selected in the draft Thursday, which will be held at Barclays Center at 7 p.m., and that he will be able to contribute to a team as a “3-and-D” player in the NBA.
As expected, Ball was asked about his outspoken father, LaVar, who was not in attendance at his workout with the Warriors on Friday. Golden State does not own a first-round pick in Thursday’s draft. It’s lone pick is in the second round, the 28th overall selection.
“I get questions about my dad,” LiAngelo Ball said. “But like I tell everybody, that’s him. You’re going to have to talk to him about what he says.
“It doesn’t really bother me. I’m my own dude. … He’s going to say what he wants and I’m going to do what I do.”