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Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2004 10:51 pm | Updated: 6:05 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Jameer Nelson, the consensus national college player of the season, was the featured player at the Suns' first workout of potential prospects for the June draft on Sunday.

Nelson, a 5-foot-11 guard who led St. Joseph's to an undefeated regular season, described his greatest strength as leadership.

"I do whatever I have to do. You get to a point where you have to understand what your team needs at a certain point of a game.

"I think I do that well," he said.

Nelson could be a potential Suns first-round pick, especially if they end up in the lower end of the draft lottery.

The lottery, which determines the order of the draft, will be staged at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Diana Taurasi of the WNBA's Mercury will represent the Suns in New York at the lottery; club president Bryan Colangelo also will attend.

If the lottery goes exactly according to the percentages, the Suns would draft seventh, as they had the sixth-worst record in the league, and expansion Charlotte will get the No. 4 pick.

The Suns could end up anywhere from No. 1 to No. 10. Also working out Sunday were Romain Sato, a 6-5 guard from Xavier, and Ales Chan, a 7-2 center from the Czech Republic who played at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania.

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