Wizards hold predraft interview with Devin Vassell, who would fill important need

Chase Hughes
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Wizards hold predraft interview with FSU wing Devin Vassell originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards' biggest needs entering the 2020 NBA Draft are on defense, so it makes perfect sense they have interviewed Devin Vassell, one of the best wing defenders in this year's class.

The Florida State guard/forward shared that piece of news on Thursday while meeting with the media ahead of next week's draft. He had positive takeaways from his talk with members of Washington's front office.

"I had great conversations with them and their front office. I think they are a great team and a great organization. It would be a blessing for me to go there and play for their team," Vassell said.

Vassell has not worked out with the Wizards, he said. The teams he's worked out for are the Warriors, Knicks, Celtics, Hawks and Magic. That gives little indication on where he will be drafted, as those teams range from the second pick (the Warriors) all the way to the 15th pick (Magic).

The Wizards select ninth and could very well see Vassell as the best option for them. Listed at 6-foot-6, Vassell put up a well-rounded stat line last season at Florida State with averages of 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He also shot 41.5 percent from three.

The Wizards have an opening at the small forward spot with no established veterans. Vassell could come in and compete with Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga, and maybe even start as a rookie.

Vassell profiles as a 3-and-D wing, which the Wizards could use. He wouldn't need to do much on offense outside of spread the floor, with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the lineup. On defense, they would ask him to wreak havoc on the perimeter and deflect passes.

Whether he is the right fit for the Wizards could depend on who else is available at nine, as they have other needs including rim protection. But, so far it sounds like there is mutual interest.

"I think the interview process went great with them. Everything's been good with them," Vassell said.