CHARLOTTE -- Winthrop's Taj McCullough attempted to make an impression on the Charlotte Bobcats' Larry Brown and Michael Jordan on Tuesday.
It was a day for local mid-major players as McCullough and five others were invited for a pre-draft workout. Others in attendance included VMI's Reggie Williams and Davidson's Jason Richards. Former Northwestern and Wingate standout Sean Barnette also worked out for the team.
Workouts like these give these players a fighting chance to see what they've got for the next level. Working for two hours under a coach like Brown helps give them a unique experience.
"To these kids, it's real important to them, so you try to do the best job you can and hopefully they learn a little, and we learn a little about them," said Brown, the Hall of Fame coach in his first year as Bobcats coach.
McCullough, a 6-foot-7 small forward, started 32 of 34 games for the Eagles this past season, averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. He shot 46 percent. During his four-year career, he showed flashes of great athleticism and some of his dunks were "SportsCenter"-worthy.
Now, he's trying to catch the eye of a pro team that will give him a chance to keep playing.
Jordan's attendance added another element to the workout.
"Playing in front of Michael Jordan is an honor," McCullough said with a big grin.
Most of these players may not make it in the draft, but many may be looking for another way in.
"Some of the guys playing in the NBA didn't get drafted. There's a lot of guys that fall through the cracks, but there's a lot of ways to make this league," Brown said.
Brown compared McCullough and the rest of the players to Bruce Bowen (San Antonio) and Raja Bell (Phoenix), who followed different paths to achieve their goal of getting into the NBA.
McCullough is the second Eagle to work out for the Bobcats. Point guard Chris Gaynor went through the two-hour process last week.
McCullough also worked out for Dallas and Washington.
The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday. McCullough is a long-shot to be picked in the two-round draft, but he's hoping.
"There's a lot of great players out there and to see your name get called would be an honor," McCullough said.