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Thomas shines in Portland pre-draft workout

University of Washington product Isaiah Thomas performed well in his second pre-draft workout leading up to the NBA draft on June 23 in Portland on Monday.

Thomas shot the ball well and showed good decision-making skills in 3-on-3 action during the hour-long workout.

Other players on hand included fellow UW teammate Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Ohio State guard Jon Diebler, Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried, Villanova guard Corey Fisher, Georgetown guard Austin Freeman.

Most draft services rank the Curtis High product as a solid, second-round pick. Thomas was in Sacramento on Saturday. His next stop is in Toronto this week, with trips to Chicago, Boston, Miami, Memphis, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers on the horizon.

Portland head coach Nate McMillan compared Thomas’ skill set to Dallas guard J.J. Barea. A 6-foot, undrafted free agent out of Northeastern University, Barea joined Dallas in 2006 and worked his way into the Mavericks regular rotation, and has become an impact player off the bench for a team playing in the NBA finals.

“I feel like I can come in and do the things that he does,” Thomas said. “He’s great off the pick-and-roll, and I fee like I’m good at that, although I can get better. He’s helping me out so much, and he’s small. So any small guard doing well in the NBA gives me a little help.”

Monday was the third workout for Bryan-Amaning, considered a fringe, second-round prospect. He’s already worked out for San Antonio and New York; other stops include Milwaukee, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Sacramento, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

“Obviously going up against someone like Kenneth Faried, a first-round pick projected to go ahead of me, it’s a lot of fun,” Bryan-Amaning said. “So you have to go in there and work hard against him, and try to fight to be in the position that he is.”