It is a mind numbingly slow afternoon here at the KSR South Compound, but I’m pushing through. Check out this awesome picture of former UK, Seattle Seahawks, and Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Dean Wells with his sons in Arizona. Wells’ family planned a trip out west for the Final Four, and even though the Cats didn’t make it, they did their best to represent the good blue and white while they were out there.
I’m going to do my best to get through the late afternoon haul before heading out for the weekend. Between Monk being up for the Jerry West award at 8 p.m., the Nike Hoop Summit at 10 p.m., and John Calipari’s meeting with Jemarl Barker, there will be plenty of news coming up tonight, but until then, let’s review the latest NBA Draft scuttlebutt, shall we?
Bam Adebayo not included in the first round of SI’s new mock draft
Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp released his latest mock draft this week and, surprisingly, does NOT have Bam Adebayo going in the first round. I know Bam’s stock has slipped in most mocks to mid to late first round, but I can’t envision him falling out of the first round completely, so hopefully this is an oversight. Regardless, Sharp has Malik Monk going fifth to the Sixers and De’Aaron Fox sixth to the Knicks. Here’s what he had to say about Fox.
“Nobody in the tournament helped himself more than De’Aaron Fox,” Sharp said. “There are still reasons to be skeptical about his jumper from the perimeter, but the biggest difference for Fox was his intermediate game. Once his floaters started falling, everyone noticed that it was absolutely impossible to keep Fox out of the lane. That’s a skill that will translate with or without a jumper, especially if he’s finishing at the rim.”
I know the Knicks suck, but Fox in NYC seems like a natural fit.
Chad Ford’s thoughts on Isaiah Briscoe
Yesterday, Briscoe announced he is declaring for the draft AND signing with an agent, a move some have questioned since he’s not included in any of the major mocks. Chad Ford, who doesn’t even have Briscoe in his Top 100 draft prospect rankings, weighed in on the decision and didn’t rule out the possibility of Briscoe getting drafted, but suggested it’s not likely.
“As a freshman, Briscoe started on our board as a potential first-round prospect, but he never really developed a reliable NBA skill. While his shooting improved a bit, he’s widely considered a tweener without a position. It’s possible he’s drafted in the second round, though most likely he goes undrafted.”
As for Bam, Ford says he’s now in the 18-25 range should he decide to stay in the draft.
What will Hamidou Diallo do?
Diallo is technically eligible for this draft and could still declare, not sign with an agent to get feedback from teams at the combine, and return. I honestly don’t know what he’s going to do, but I do have a new a new 8-minute breakdown of his film for you from MakePlayz to share:
One of these days, Drew and I are going to make mixtapes/breakdowns like these for all of the KSR writers. And it’s going to be glorious.