Draft Declarations Thread



  • BShark said:

    @jaybate-1.0 Cal has, in the past, consistently got more NBA talent than Jay Wright. Only looking at wins and losses is short sighted.

    Not shortsighted at all.

    Evidence based.

    Quantitative.

    Large N.

    Reliable.

    Coherent.

    Not out of nowhere.



  • jaybate 1.0 said:

    Coherent.

    Now this is funny.



  • Well Doke now has like 3 days to decide whether he stays in or comes back. - - With him taking this long now after the combine to make the announcement I just think it’s not looking good for the home team. Hope I’m wrong. Even if he comes back though I would still like to see him work and work hard in developing some kind of shot a liitle aways from the hoop not just the slam to help pull the defense out some from underneath. I think this year we are going to see when he catches down deep I think we are going to see a lot more double down on him to help out so he can’t just drive the ball through like he did last year. The reason that I say that is as been mentioned is what we have heard our suspect outside shooting this year if we can’t nock down the outside J from somebody or a couple of somebodies then other teams will be able to help om Doke more and force him to kick it back out - unlike last year.

    On another note as anyone hear about Shammert from WSU - -de he hire an agent or did he say he was staying in the draft? ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • @jayballer73

    Shamet hired an agent so there is no going back for him. He is projected to be a late first round so he has no reason to go back, even if he could. FWIW, he worked out for the Warriors.



  • @JayHawkFanToo Do you think he is 1st round NBA talent?



  • @jayballer73

    Considering how well he did at WSU, yes. He is a very good game manager with high basketball IQ that many who know him well say he is like a coach on the court. He is not athletic but he has decent size and can shoot from outside.



  • @jayballer73 I think Shamet better hope he gets picked first round so he’s guaranteed a contract or he’ll another G league disappearing act, his numbers are average and is inconsistent shooting. He won’t be around long IMO.



  • @kjayhawks

    Why do you think his numbers are average and he is inconsistent? His numbers are better than those of Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet in their final year at WSU and both are playing in the NBA.



  • @JayHawkFanToo Wrong Fred averaged 13 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5 assists during at WSU. Baker averaged 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Shamet averages 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists all while averaging less blocks and steals with more turnovers. Shamet basically was better in point average, not to mention Baker has averaged 15 minutes, 3 points in only 81 games played in his 2 year NBA career and probably is done when is contract is up or will be sent to the G league before that. VanVleet had a decent season averaging 20 minutes and 7 points this past year but I really don’t know comparing Shamet to these guys in which one wasn’t even drafted bodes well for him being great and sticking around the NBA, at least those of us with common sense that is.



  • @kjayhawks To be fair, Baker’s second season was marred by an orbital socket injury, and ended for him with shoulder surgery in Feb.



  • @mayjay true but he want play much before that or the season before.



  • @kjayhawks

    No, my numbers are correct. Final season at WSU for junior Shamet, senior Baker and sophomore VanVlett.

    • Shamet - 14.9 ppg, 5.2 app, 3.2 rpg, .560 from 2 and .442 from 3
    • VanVleet - 12.2 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.2 rpg, .396 from 2 and .381 from 3
    • Baker - 14.0 ppg, 3.2 apg, 4.8 rpg, .424 from 2 and .350 from 3

    As I posted, the numbers for Shamet for his last season at WSU are better than those of Baker and VanVleet in their last seasons at WSU.



  • @JayHawkFanToo besides they had better steals and less turnovers. You’d have a point if VanVleet or Baker were doing anything in the NBA, Shamet’s stats are only better in shooting, Rebounds are the same, assists are more, steals are more, blocks are more and turnovers are less for Fred. Being better in 3 of 8 stat columns doesn’t equal better seems how 5 is more than 3. Time will tell, I’ll get you some crow pie.



  • @kjayhawks

    So, you don’t think he will be drafted?



  • @JayHawkFanToo I think he’ll get drafted late first round, early second just don’t believe he’ll be around long.



  • Shamet has the advantage of being a PG (Baker is an undersized SG) and being bigger than Van Vleet. That size and positional difference affects his draft potential and overall prospect value.



  • Danny Manning suffers another brutal loss this off-season as his would be Sr guard Crawford has elected to stay in the draft.

    Makes sense after they signed a grad transfer guard not too long ago.

    Danny’s miracles are running dry



  • Why hasn’t Dok made his intentions known publicly? Are there more tryouts in the next couple of days?



  • @dylans The deadline to withdraw from the draft is tomorrow – so we should know within 24 hrs or so. Hope the big boy is back.



  • @HighEliteMajor Me too! Only reason I posted. Like Christmas Eve as a kid.



  • @dylans

    Last year Svi waited until 10 minutes or so from the deadline…just sayin’



  • @JayHawkFanToo Good point. Dok’s potiental impact on next years team is greater than any player in recent memory, so I guess I’m on pins and needles.



  • Donte Divencenzo stays in the draft. Big blow to Nova. No wonder Cremo went there



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    Donte Divencenzo stays in the draft. Big blow to Nova. No wonder Cremo went there

    Yeah I feel this was set in stone when Cremo popped for them.



  • @BShark

    Absolutely, all falling into place now



  • The only question now is if there will be any issues with Silvio. I think it is 80%-90% that he will be eligible and play; I would be surprised if he does not play. The way our judicial system works Silvio will be long gone before the FBI indictment makes it to trial.



  • Reid Travis is withdrawing from the draft and will be grad transfer. Sounds like he is heading to Kentucky. Enormous addition for them. He would have been first team all PAC 12 next year.



  • Omari Spellman staying in the draft. Great day.



  • BShark said:

    Omari Spellman staying in the draft. Great day.

    Yes it is. Let the beatdown in Lawrence commence.



  • Woodrow said:

    Reid Travis is withdrawing from the draft and will be grad transfer. Sounds like he is heading to Kentucky. Enormous addition for them. He would have been first team all PAC 12 next year.

    Nova is involved as well. Look for them to make a push now that Spellman is gone.



  • A blow to Turgeon at Maryland. Kevin Huerter stays in the draft after seeing his stock go way up during the process. Couldn’t happen to a better group of fans



  • The forgotten Porter returns to Methzu



  • Clemson’s guard duo of Mitchell & Reed returns for their final season…



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    A blow to Turgeon at Maryland. Kevin Huerter stays in the draft after seeing his stock go way up during the process. Couldn’t happen to a better group of fans

    Not even going to be top 25 now. RIP



  • @BeddieKU23 wasn’t he (porter) predicted to go first round? I thought I saw that and couldn’t figure that out!





  • @mayjay I wasn’t to impressed w/him.



  • @mayjay body fat % 13.85



  • @mayjay

    Jontay has lots of potential. He is tall, can rebound and can shoot from outside which makes him a stretch forward that the NBA seems to like nowadays…and he is still pretty young. I would think he would be selected in the first round based on potential alone but, with a good year at MU, he could definitely go lottery next year.



  • Brian Bowen goes pro after the ncaa ruled him at minimum ineligible for next season. Ouch.



  • Liddell Wigginton returns to Iowa St.

    Wenyen Gabriel leaves Kentucky but PJ Washington returns. Ugh

    Tyus Battle returns to Syracuse ensuring another bubble year in which they make the tourney and overachieve

    Charles Matthews returns to Michigan. Huge for them.

    Tyler Cook returns to Iowa

    Ethan Happ returns to Wisconsin



  • @BeddieKU23 Considering that Bowen was cleared by the NCAA of any direct involvement in the $19,500 received by his dad from Adidas, and that he already lost his freshman year after Louisville held him out, this does not bode well for Silvio.



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    Liddell Wigginton returns to Iowa St.

    Wenyen Gabriel leaves Kentucky but PJ Washington returns. Ugh

    Tyus Battle returns to Syracuse ensuring another bubble year in which they make the tourney and overachieve

    Charles Matthews returns to Michigan. Huge for them.

    Tyler Cook returns to Iowa

    Ethan Happ returns to Wisconsin

    Vanderbilt stayed in the draft too.

    Surprised at players like Wigginton waiting until the last day.



  • No reason to withdraw beforehand. Just hold out for someone to call up and give you a guarantee.



  • @mayjay

    It doesn’t look good. I wonder what the basis was for ruling him to sit a 2nd year at minimum. Pretty crazy, not something I agree with and I’m not surprised this was the ruling



  • @BShark

    I’m glad we avoided the Vanderbilt fiasco. Watching his AAU games he had red flags galore.



  • @BeddieKU23

    Are we talking on court red flags or off the court red flags? On the court, Vanderbilt is a nice player. 6-8, athletic guy that can handle the ball a little, pass, shoot from the midrange and rebound. He’s not a ball hog or anything. He never tapped into a lot of that at Kentucky, but he only played 14 games for Kentucky, so that’s to be expected. He was grabbing almost 8 boards a game in just 17 minutes. KU could have used a rebounder like that last year. He missed so much time due to injury that its hard to say what he is or could have been.



  • @justanotherfan

    Both actually. Maybe not off-the-court issues in regards to eligibility concerns, more character concerns watching him play.

    No doubt Vanderbilt is a talent, and built for the modern NBA if he can find a team that will invest in him. Is he really ready? I would say not even close. But its his decision to make. At Kentucky he was already over-recruited anyway.



  • Crimsonorblue22 said:

    @mayjay body fat % 13.85

    On the other hand I heard on the pod cast today about Doke - he was at 7.59 body fat. - They said for somebody his size to be under 8 % body fat was just insane.

    They brought up some interesting points today on the pod cast they said for instance : KU is not going to have Doke , they are not going to try to develop a jumper from him during the year, they may work with him in practice but they don’t want him trying to shoot jumpers during the game. Kind of makes sense at this point , they know where they want him at KU and that is down low close to the rim. - -They are quite happy with his production last year.- Again he can work on developing his jumper during practice so come that next level

    They also said They think the NBA they will not expect him to develop a shot. - - - hmmmm interesting. - they said the NBA realizes OK this is what we are getting they won’t expect him for his jumper - they will rely more on the occasional pick and roll - but they are not going to be looking for him to try and shoot jumpers over Jo Jo and guys like that - they aren’t depending on him for a lot of offense as again they realize what they are getting in Doke. - Interesting thoughts.



  • @jayballer73

    If the expectation from NBA folks is that he won’t develop a shot, what is Azubuike returning to Lawrence to work on, exactly? That’s not meant as an attack for you (or even a question, really). It’s more of just me wondering.

    If Azubuike isn’t working on expanding his offensive game beyond dunks and short jumphooks, and if his conditioning is improved already, as indicated by the body fat numbers, then I don’t know how he improves his draft stock with another year at KU.

    @BeddieKU23

    That makes some sense. Body language is important, though I will offer the caveat that judging body language and such in high school is difficult because of the talent disparity and role differences. A guy may be a high character, hard working player in high school as the leading scorer and superstar, but become frustrated and angry in college when asked to be a role player.

    I myself was a role player in high school. One of the reasons why I had the opportunity to play in college (though I ultimately left the team after a semester for other reasons) when some of my other, more acclaimed high school teammates did not is because I was already used to being a role player. I was a good enough athlete to play in college, and I was able to step into that role. I wasn’t trying to go from being a guy that got 15 shots a game to a guy that might only get one or two because I wasn’t one of our top scorers in high school anyway. There was very little change for me. Our leading scorer (from high school) struggled a bit in college because he went from being “the man” to being a backup that was expected to just defend and screen for the top scorers.

    Obviously, none of this means that a guy with a bad attitude is suddenly going to become a team first guy. It’s just to point out that just because a guy is one way in high school or on the AAU circuit, doesn’t mean that is who he will be in college on a different team with different expectations and responsibilities.


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