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The Indiana Pacers brought in a few prospects for an up close and personal work out on Wednesday.

Kansas center Sasha Kaun and Nebraska center Aleks Maric were on hand, but the point guard prospects deserve all the attention from this work out.

Most notable was Texas PG D.J. Augustin who was joined by fellow guards, Ty Lawson from North Carolina, Jamar Butler from Ohio State, and Indy native Stanley Burrell from Xavier.

Burrell could be an interesting second rounder or free agent depending on how things unfold. The kid can defend like crazy so he'd have a nice shot at sticking with the Pacers. Burrell sounded hyped up about working out for his hometown team.

"I'm an Indiana guy," he said. "I'd love to come back here and play for my team. Either way it goes, I'll still be rooting for these guys."

D.J. Augustin was likely scrutinized the most since he's a definite prospect for the Pacers first-round pick. Sounds like Jim O'Brien had the players working hard.

The guards went through shooting, 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 drills and practiced pick-and-rolls. Augustin said he wanted to leave an impression with O'Brien.

"I wanted to show that I can come in and be a leader, run a team, whatever they need me to do on the floor," he said. "Backing someone up or just coming in and leading the team -- I'm willing to do that, and that's what I'm trying to show them."

He quickly learned what O'Brien expects out of a point guard.

"He wants you to push the ball and be an extension of a coach on the floor and lead the team."

When told that many mock drafts predicted he'd end up a Pacer, Augustin was surprised.

"I don't really pay attention to mock drafts, I just try to stay focused and do my job," he said. "It would be great to come in here."

Pacers.com Draft War Room  has a lot of info on the workouts including video interviews with the players.  Kind of nice to have an idea of what player combinations are brought in together and what they're doing. Outstanding fodder to overanalyze.