As we noted in December , for the second straight year, it seems unlikely that a Husky will hear his name called on NBA Draft


Any Huskies Feeling a Draft?

As we noted in December, for the second straight year, it seems unlikely that a Husky will hear his name called on NBA Draft Day. Nevertheless, there are a couple who have a chance.

Jon Brockman may be better suited to the NFL, but his dominance over the last two years means he'll at least get a look from NBA teams. DraftExpress just updated his profile (thanks to Bob Condotta for the heads-up) and says basically that Brockman has been effective and hard-working, but probably doesn't have what it takes for a pro career. It notes his lack of lateral quickness and jumping ability, but we think the real culprit is his short arms.

After all, besides wingspan (and the propensity to grab opponents' scrotums while battling for rebounds), what's the difference between Brockman and former-Sonic Reggie Evans? Evans measured out with a horrible vertical jump and agility test, but ended up making it in the league because his muscle and hustle was paired with long arms (7' 2.5" wingspan).

Condotta also speculates that Quincy Pondexter may try out the draft process, as NCAA rules allow. If he doesn't hire an agent, Pondexter could work out for teams and see where he stands before deciding to enter the draft or--more likely--to return to school and refine his game in targeted areas. As we noted here and here, Pondexter has simultaneously revived and lowered his draft stock by converting himself from a perimeter scorer to an interior one. At 6'6" or 6'7", he'll need to improve his perimeter game--ball-handling, footwork, and shot--to make it in the league.

Then there's Isaiah Thomas, whose prospects were previously evaluated on these pages by Jonathan Givony. Thomas slumped at the end of the year before reviving himself with a spectacular second half against Purdue. It seems early for him to test the waters--there are question marks about everything except his driving ability--but he doesn't lack confidence. Condotta speculates that IT won't try the draft for at least another year, and that sounds about right. But it'll be interesting to see how he adapts his game as he becomes more mindful of his draft prospects. Will he look to pass more to prove his point-guard skills? Improve his outside shooting? Battle with Abdul Gaddy for point guard duties.

Speaking of Gaddy, while he looks awesome, his relative youth means he won't get to turn pro until after his sophomore year.

Finally, there's Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who--with the exception of some deft passing--has yet to develop basketball instincts and basketball skills to go with his basketball buddy. We speculated that he'd soon be on draft radars, but his Pac-10 season was rather disappointing. We'll bring in Bill Walton to provide the young Brit with instruction #1: THROW IT DOWN, BIG MAN! You're too big, long, and strong to be pump-faking the Pac-10's pee-wee power forwards.

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