Saturday, May 31, 2008

NBA pre-draft updates

Day 1

The roster isn’t exactly a Who’s Who of college basketball stars. In fact, you can make a valid case that there won’t be more than a handful of players in attendance that wind up being taken in the first round of the June 26 NBA Draft. Here are a few impressions:

- Alabama point guard Ron Steele, who sat out the entire season a year ago to recover from multiple knee injuries and surgeries, is still favoring one leg. Steele is a terrific student who shouldn’t have put himself in this situation – and will have to return to school next year.

- John Riek, the talented, but oft-injured 7-footer who has been working out at IMG Academy (Fla.), could barely run in the drills and had to sit out the 5-on-5 work. Riek told that he wants to play Wednesday and Thursday, but his knee has been a constant issue this entire season and he’d be best served sitting out the camp and spending next season somewhere such as South Florida – where he can get game action. ``I want to play,” Riek said. “I’m going to see the doctor tomorrow.”

From on May 27th

Day 2

Shan Foster was a big disappointment once again, continuing the same trend we saw in the morning and the day before. He looks completely out of his element mentally, forcing bad shots and even air-balling one 3-pointer by about five feet, which is completely uncharacteristic of the player widely considered the top shooter in this draft class. He got chased off the 3-point line way too easily, getting caught into the trap of being forced to use his ball-handling skills, which he is much less effective at than just spotting up from behind the arc. He looks like he’s putting way too much pressure on himself, and will need to settle down a bit and remember what got him here. He unfortunately doesn’t bring enough else to the table besides his shooting to be able to be as cold as he’s been thus far.

Richard Hendrix had a solid outing with 12 points and 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. He was extremely unselfish and did a great job crashing the glass, showing a good feel for the game but also struggling a bit defensively on the perimeter and not being very effective finishing around the rim in traffic.


It doesn't seem like Steele is NBA ready. He'll probably be back.


Anonymous said...

steele still favoring one leg.

wasn't he the "best player on the court" in practice from mid-season on? at least until gottfried found out he was going to the pre-draft camps.

what does that say about our talent??

i can't wait for paul gattis to ask mark THAT question!

well, maybe i can.

bobbyjack said...

If he was the best player on the court in practice then we sucked even more than most of us thought last year.