The NBA Draft workouts will spin the heads of most college hopefuls eager to hear their name called on draft night.
But a Nuggets' workout provides additional "lung burning" and "deep breathing" that doesn't occur in other cities.
"I could definitely feel the altitude a little bit," said former Michigan State guard Gary Harris. "It was a hard workout, but I feel pretty good right now."
"I felt pretty good in all the other (workouts), and I felt exhausted out here" said former Missouri guard Jabari Brown about working out at altitude. "I could definitely tell the difference."
Denver holds the 11th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and held their first open workouts on Thursday, with Harris and Brown being the only invitees. The Nuggets are looking to add depth to their back court in the form of a young shooting guard, and both men fit that role. Many analysts have projected Harris as one of the likeliest choices for Denver in the first round. For the former Spartan, Denver is the third team he has worked out for individually.
"I feel like I'm a great fit for them," said Harris. "(The Nuggets) like to get up and down, and so do I. I think it's a good fit."
While Harris is expected to be gone after lottery picks are finished, Brown is projected as a mid-to-late second round pick.
"This is my seventh workout," said Brown. "I'm going to every city, trying to compete with whoever I'm up against, just trying to show I'm a first-round player."
The Nuggets will likely hold more workouts as the June 26th draft gets closer, with the names of the invited players released once open workouts are scheduled.
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