North Texas F Tony Mitchell regrets his mediocre sophomore season, which dropped him from a potential lottery pick to an uncertain commodity.
"I wish I could've changed it," he said this weekend, after interviewing with the Pistons. "I would've changed my effort, how I competed every game." Mitchell averaged 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds last year, both down from his rookie season, and his lack of intensity and focus has made NBA teams very wary. Rotoworld's latest mock draft has Mitchell going to the Jazz (via Golden State) at No. 21 overall.
Dennis Schroeder said he models his game after Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
Schroeder turned some heads at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland after coming over from Germany as a 19-year old. Schroeder had a tooth infection and was unable to do everything at this week's scouting combine but said he'll begin taking team visits on May 29 with the Rockets. Although Schreoder's name is beginning to rise, it's uncertain where he might land in June's draft at this point considering the presence of point guards Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams and Shane Larkin.
Michael Carter-Williams took responsibility for his perceived bad body language while at Syracuse.
"I hold myself accountable, and to a high standard, and when I'm disappointed in myself that frustration comes out a little bit," Carter-Williams said. "I don't let it affect my game, but it's definitely something I can work on. I think it's something that I can fix, something that is easy to change, so I don't think it's a problem." If it were easy, then he likely wouldn't have to be answering questions about it now. The 6-foot-6 point guard is the definition of an "upside" pick, but it's clear he still has work to do before becoming a pro.
The Trail Blazers "really like" Victor Oladipo and are considering moving up in the draft to pick him, sources tell Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
The Blazers currently have the 10th pick entering Tuesday night's draft lottery, but it would be a pretty big surprise if Oladipo slipped that far. Of course, there's always the luck of the lottery balls. More likely is Portland will have to jump into the top five of June's draft in order to make sure it gets the athletic guard from Indiana. It should be noted that this, like all pre-draft rumors, also require a healthy amount of salt.
The draft stock of Tim Hardaway, Jr. is rising after the former Michigan point guard excelled in drills and in team interviews, a source told Sam Amico of FoxSports Ohio.
As with all pre-draft stories involving prospects' stock, take this one with a grain of salt. While the athleticism shown at the combine Friday is a good thing, it's not exactly surprising that Hardaway, Jr., the son of a former NBA All-Star, would know how to behave in a meeting. Hardaway, Jr. is likely to be picked at the end of the first round and could slide to the second.
Alex Len said he'll end up as the best player in the 2013 draft when teams look back on this class in 10 years.
Standing over 7-feet tall and still year to turn 20, Len is one of the prospects with the most upside in a draft largely lacking franchise-altering players. Unfortunately for him, Len's NBA career has already hit a speed bump in the form of an ankle injury that required surgery. Len should be ready to play by the start of the regular season, but a foot injury before his 20th birthday is sure to raise major concerns in a league that has seen its fair share of 7-footers with foot problems. While he might have a ton of potential, his inconsistency at Maryland and injury could send him sliding down a lot of teams' draft boards.
Shane Larkin registered the second-highest max vertical jump in the history of the NBA scouting combine.
Larkin, whose father is Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, registered a standing vertical of 34.5 inches and a max vertical of 44 inches, which feel 1.5 inches short of Kenny Gregory's record set in 2001. Larkin also turned in an excellent 3/4 court sprint and showed well in agility drills. Given his pedigree, Larkin's athleticism shouldn't be all that surprising. He's still lacking in size, although his combine numbers could cause Larkin to rise up some team's draft boards.