UKs Bledsoe Among Six To Workout For HEAT
Miami 6/4 Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe spent his lone season at UK playing in the shadow of consensus No. 1 draft pick John Wall. Not much has changed since declaring for the NBA. Now, hes trying to convince the HEAT, as well as the 29 other teams, that this years talent pool of guards is deeper than his former Wildcat teammate.
However, the 6-1, 190-pound guard has no gripes about his time playing alongside Wall at Kentucky. In fact, he reminded the media on Friday that he had the opportunity to play elsewhere when getting recruited out of Parker High in Alabama.
I couldve gone anywhere, but thats a part of making sacrifices, he said. I just wanted to do one thing, and thats win a national championship. I couldnt go anywhere and win one by myself. You have to have people around you that can play.
Kentucky lost to West Virginia in the Elite Eight of this year's NCAA Tournament.
Playing off the ball helped my game, and playing with John Wall helped as well, he said.
Bledsoe was one of six players to workout for the HEAT at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday. The other five were Kansas guard Xavier Henry, Nevada guard Armon Johnson, Texas guard Avery Bradley, Jr., Fresno State forward Paul George, and UConn forward Stanley Robinson.
Among the group of guards, only one, Henry, is a pure shooting guard. The other three are considered combo guards or tweeners.
Bledsoe, who split time between the point and shooting guard positions at Kentucky, says hes more than capable of running an NBA team. But he also admits its a challenge to prove that during limited team workouts.
Its kind of tough to show I can play the one, he said. Ive played point guard all my life, so thats the position Im most comfortable with. I think Im a better pure point guard. I still have some point guard in me.
According to ESPNs Chad Ford, Bledsoe is the second listed point guard taken behind Wall in his most recent mock draft .