This is the future for C.J. Giles. After being dismissed from the basketball teams at Kansas and Oregon State, the 6-11 center now has a series of NBA predraft workouts that includes one today with the 76ers.
Giles will go through various drills and interviews, along with 7-foot JaVale McGee, of Nevada, and 6-10 Callistus Eziukwu, of NCAA Division II Grand Valley State, at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Sixers hold the No. 16 pick in the first round of the June 26 draft. They do not have a second-round pick but will evaluate all sorts of prospects during the next few weeks.
Giles was dropped from the Oregon State team after appearing in just 10 games this season by interim coach Kevin Mouton, who told the Seattle Times, "There were numerous, I mean numerous, situations of missing practice, missing meetings, not showing up for weights. Stuff that all of his other teammates were doing, he just refused to do them."
Mouton also described Giles as "the most talented, athletic player I've ever coached."
Giles was dropped by Kansas in 2006 after he was cited for misdemeanor assault.
McGee, who averaged 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as a sophomore, is the son of Pam McGee, who led USC to two NCAA championships, won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics and played in the WNBA.
Eziukwu was the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, averaging 15.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. *