Jio Fontan, Demetrius Conger to Work Out Wednesday For Nets

Josh Newman, Field Reporter

Before Thursday’s NBA Draft, the Nets have one more pre-draft group workout on Wednesday.

Jio Fontan

Speculation as to whether or not the Nets will bring in players for the final workout that may fit at their 22nd overall pick is ongoing, but for now, two players have been confirmed for Wednesday.

A source told SNY.tv on Wednesday that USC point guard Jio Fontan, a Paterson, New Jersey native, and Brooklyn-born swingman Demetrius Conger will work out for the Nets on Wednesday.

No other names have been confirmed for Wednesday, but it appears 6-foot-11 Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will be among those present.

On Monday afternoon. the defensive-minded Dieng tweeted, “Going to Brooklyn for my last workout.”

While working out for the Knicks last week, the Senegal native told SNY.tv he would be working out for the Nets before the draft. DraftExpress currently has Dieng coming off the board at No. 22 to the Nets.

For what it’s worth, all of the Nets pre-draft workouts have had six players competing.

Fontan is a recognizable name in the tri-state area, having starred at St. Anthony High School of Jersey City before graduating in 2008. As a senior for the Friars, he helped steer them to a 32-0 record and a consensus mythical national championship while being one of six seniors to earn Division I scholarships.

High school teammate Tyshawn Taylor was a rookie for the Nets last season, while another Friar from the Class of 2008, Travon Woodall, worked out for the Nets earlier this month.

Fontan had a star-crossed, injury-plagued college career between Fordham and USC. He averaged 15.3 points in 33 games for the Rams, but transferred after the first semester of his sophomore year. At USC, he averaged 9.9 points and 4.7 assists in 56 games over two seasons.

A torn left ACL cost him all of his senior season in 2011-12, but received a medical redshirt and a fifth season in 2012-13 when he averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 assists in 32 games.

Upon finishing up his senior season, Fontan played 18 games earlier this spring for San German of Baloncesto Surperior Nacional, Puerto Rico’s professional league, averaging 6.2 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor.

Conger had a productive four years for the Bonnies, totaling 1,206 points and 645 rebounds in 118 games. As a senior, Conger averaged 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds to finish as the only player in the Atlantic-10 to lead his team in both categories.

Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA

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