Thursday, June 23, 2011

News On The Horizon 6/23/2011

A collective scouting report on 40 prospects in upcoming NBA draft--Sports Illustrated

Norris Cole, 6-2 senior guard, Cleveland State. I love him. He's a poor man's Maurice Cheeks. He has defensive abilities, good size, great hands, can run a team. One of our scouts is absolutely in love with this kid. I'm telling you, his wheels are ridiculous. He's like Ty Lawson, except he's more of a scorer.
Shelvin Mack, 6-3 junior guard, Butler. I'm a big fan. I just think he's steady. He's a point guard who can get you into the offense and can play off superstars. The team went to back-to-back championship games and he had a lot to do with it. Defensively, he knows how to play right now. He worked out very well for us. He's a career No. 2 point guard, but those guys have value. You have to have a really good backup point guard in this league. He has no B.S. in his game, and if you have B.S. in your game, he's going to take it away and make you wish you didn't see him today.

Butler commit up to the competition--Jody Demling - Recruiting
Kings Pre-Draft Workout Interview: Matt Howard--FanFeedr
Waiting Game--Connersville News-Examiner
Howard parents wait as son’s future unfolds--Connersville News-Examiner
Utah Jazz fill needs with Enes Kanter, Alec Burks--Deseret News

Fans, unlike a year ago when they booed the choice of Butler star Gordon Hayward at No. 9, cheered when Kanter's name was announced.

Utah Jazz select Alec Burks with 12th pick--Deseret News

Enes Kanter, Utah's pick at No. 3, and Burks represent a continuation of the youth movement for the Jazz. Kanter turned 19 in May, while Burks won't turn 20 for another month. The two will join Derrick Favors (19) and Gordon Hayward (21) as significant members of Utah's youthful rotation moving forward.

Alec Burks, left, of Colorado, was picked at No. 12 by the Utah Jazz; Enes Kanter, right, of Turkey, was picked No. 3.--Salt Lake Tribune

But in all, Jazz GM Kevin O’Connor was happy with the draft, as were about 7,500 fans who came to the team’s draft party at EnergySolutions Arena. The crowd response was generally positive — a turn from last year’s choir of boos when Utah drafted Gordon Hayward of Butler University ninth overall.

2011 NBA Draft: Shelvin Mack Drafted 33rd by Wizards--SB Nation Indiana
Graves misses on Boston job--The Indy Star
Area players hope to join recent NBA draft tradition--The Indy Star
Marshall on US team--Butler Collegian
Shelvin Mack Drafted By The Washington
Khyle Marshall Named To USA U19

Five draft prospects to bank on--Fox Sports Ohio

Norris Cole, PG, Cleveland State. Don't blink, or you risk missing Cole. He's that fast with the ball, has true point guard attributes and is still on the uptick as a player. This is a guy who, just four years ago, was signed and ready to go to NAIA Walsh University before Cleveland State said, "Whoa, this guy is available?" He's probably going to be a second-round pick because he does not have a strong skill to compliment his speed, and he might never knock down a bunch of NBA 3-pointers. But he'll come in and affect the game immediately with his athleticism and knack for finding ways to make positive plays. I wouldn't be shocked if he has a long and productive NBA career.

NBA Draft: Risers And Sliders--Huffington Post

On their way up:
Norris Cole, 22 - Cleveland State: Cole is another guy I've been high on for quite some time. A tremendous slasher who can break just about anyone down off the bounce, he's a scoring point guard who also loves to create for others. Like Jimmer Fredette, he HAD to put up huge offensive numbers in college for his team to win, but I also draw parallels between the two in that they both can effectively blend facilitation duties with scoring. Cole is likely to come off the board early in the second, but could even sneak into the first. That's how impressive he has been.

Former Cleveland State baller J'Nathan Bullock still has pro hoops aspirations but is using the Flint Fury football team to stay in
Top 50 Craziest Buzzer Beaters of All Time--Bleacher Report
CSU grad Norris Cole is eager to get drafted, and he isn't picky--The News-Herald
Viking Notes: Cole withdraws from Sacramento work out due to injury--Cleveland State Hoops
Cole Selected by Chicago Bulls With 28th Pick in First Round of NBA

Moore to Take Part in Illinois Day at Arlington Park Racetrack

2010-2011's Most Effiecent Player--Section EE

Questions and Answers with Chris

Cole Goes to Miami in 1st Round, Mack to Washington 34th Overall in NBA Draft--Horizon League Network
Khyle Marshall Named to USA Basketball U19 Squad--Horizon League Network

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