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Larry Nance Jr. works out for Lakers, hopes to follow in dad's footsteps

Larry Nance Jr. works out for Lakers, hopes to follow in dad's footsteps
Connecticut's Ryan Boatright, left, steals the ball from Wyoming's Larry Nance Jr. during a scrimmage at the NBA combine in Chicago on May 14, 2015. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

The dad played 13 years in the NBA, a high-flying power forward who was known for his tremendous dunking ability.

The son, Larry Nance Jr., carries the same name as Larry Nance, and the son is hopeful that he can have the same success in the NBA as his dad.

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Junior worked out for the Lakers on Friday, one of six players the team brought in for another round of predraft workouts.

Like his dad, Larry Nance Jr., played power forward over his four years at Wyoming.

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When asked who he modeled his game after, Nance quickly provided an answer.

"Well, the obvious answer would be Dad," Nance said smiling. "I've definitely stolen a few of his moves [from] watching some black-and-white VHS tapes. He's definitely someone I'd love to be like."

None of the group that came in Friday will be considered for the Lakers' second overall pick in the first round in Thursday's NBA draft.

But the hopefuls tried to show the Lakers why the team might want to use its 27th pick in the first round or 34th pick in the second round on them.

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Nance, who measured at 6-7½, was the Mountain West player of the year and co-defensive player of the year.

He led Wyoming in scoring (16.1 points per game), rebounding (7.2) and blocks (1.2) last season.

Nance described what he considers his best attributes.

"I would say my basketball IQ, high motor," he said. "That's what I'm really trying to show in these workouts."

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