Jared On Pre-Draft Diet
Posted Jun 1 2007 10:47AM
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ORLANDO, Fla., May 31, 2007 — Using fast food terminology, Jared Dudley’s college career at Boston College could best be described as a Big Mac combo meal, super-sized, with a McFlurry for dessert.
As a senior, Dudley led the ACC in minutes played (38.9 mpg). As a junior, he led the entire nation, all the while stuffing his face with big wins and numerous accolades.
There is really no such feast to be had in Orlando. Players rotate in and out of games in five minute intervals. Think six-inch sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub with some of those new healthy sides Subway has been touting in those new commercials.
This didn’t faze Dudley Thursday, as he maximized his time on the floor, finishing with 13 points, eight rebounds and a host of smart basketball plays.
That’s been Dudley's modus operandi throughout his career in many ways. Despite lacking supreme athleticism, Dudley always finds ways to be productive. In the Big Mac that is the NBA, he could very well make it as Jared, doing the little things that help teams win.
His team came up a little short today, as Jackson State’s Trey Johnson found his stroke, leading Team One to an 88-85 win over Team Four. Johnson was out of sync in his first game, forcing the action and not resembling the player who finished second in the nation in scoring this past season. Johnson shot 6-for-14 from the floor, finishing with a team-high 16 points.
Virginia Tech’s Zabian Dowdell had a nice outing for Team One, finishing with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting. Dowdell will be an interesting player to track over the next few weeks. He’s clearly more of a combo guard at this stage, and may never develop into a player who thinks pass before shot. That said, he’s athletic enough to create for himself, and is a hard worker.
Wake Forest’s Kyle Visser had a strong game for Team Four, making all five of his shot attempts and finishing with 11 points. Visser has reasonably quick feet for a player his size and takes up space. At his size, he’ll get every opportunity to prove he does or doesn’t belong in the NBA.
Team Two 94, Team Five 79
Team Two has been the best group in the field thus far, posting two easy victories, thanks in large part to the unselfish tone set by Florida’s Taurean Green and Marist’s Jared Jordan. Both players have done a nice job balancing the need to score and distribute.
Green finished with 10 points and five assists, while Jordan tallied eight points and seven assists. Green had his share of fans heading into the week and has clearly helped himself. The same holds true for Jordan, who continues to find cutters at a high clip, while taking care of the ball. He had zero turnovers Thursday.
Ali Traore, a native of the Ivory Coast, who played In France this past season, has been the beneficiary of his team’s unselfishness. He finished with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Traore stands an excellent chance of being drafted, with a team having the option to perhaps leave him overseas for another year before bringing him over.
Oklahoma State’s Mario Boggan also fared well Thursday for Team Two, finishing with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Boggan resurrected his career the past two seasons at Oklahoma State, becoming one of the top interior scorers in the country. He’s a load around the basket with a soft touch. While he doesn’t have ideal height, Boggan has the requisite skill level to earn a chance in the NBA.
Pittsburgh’s Aaron Gray led Team Five with 16 points. Unlike Boggan, Gray clearly has the height to play in the NBA and an improving post game to match. In a league devoid of true centers, Gray has a good chance to move up on draft night.
You won’t see it in a box score, but Maryland’s D.J. Strawberry has quietly turned some heads with his defense. Strawberry had a reputation as being the top perimeter defender in the ACC, and it’s easy to see why. He almost always stays between his man and the basket and has great recovery speed. If he can develop his offensive game, Strawberry could have a chance.
Lithuania’s Renaldas Seibutis had another quietly effective performance, finishing with eight points and six rebounds. He’s a decent athlete with a sound stroke and good overall feel for the game. Like Traore, a team drafting in the second round could take him and stash him overseas for another year.
Like he did this past season at Fresno State, Dominic McGuire filled the stat sheet for Team Five, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. McGuire is clearly one of the better athletes in the field. He’s made several nice passes and shown decent ball-handling ability. His perimeter stroke needs work, but he has some tools to work with.
Team Six 89, Team Three 87
It was by no means pretty, as both teams combined for 62 fouls and 79 free throw attempts. The ugliness didn’t affect Demetris Nichols, who shot 6-for-7 from the floor, finishing with a game-high 17 points for Team Six.
As his been his calling card at Syracuse the past few years, Nichols simply doesn’t miss all that often when he’s open. He really doesn’t bring much else to the table, but he never seems to go hungry either. Nichols is a likely second-round pick.
Nevada’s Ramon Sessions led Team Six with 16 points, while adding five assists and four rebounds. Sessions isn’t a speedster like some of the other guards in the field, but he has decent size and a good understanding of how to play the point guard position.
Sessions is one of several juniors in the field testing the waters. Were he to keep his name in the draft, he stands a decent chance of being picked somewhere in the second round. Were he to return to Nevada for his senior season, he could play his way into the first round in 2008.
Wright State’s Dashaun Wood led Team Three with 15 points, to with four rebounds and three assists. The reigning Portsmouth MVP, Wood hasn’t had his way out there like he did at the PIT, but he’s done a nice job running his team and making good decisions.
At 5-11, Wood has an uphill battle in terms of his NBA potential, but he understands the game and also knocks down open shots. He’ll certainly get a chance this summer to prove his worth.
Though he only scored one field goal, Boise State’s Coby Karl, son of Denver head coach George Karl, had a strong game for Team Six, getting to the line (7-for-8) and throwing several spectacular full court passes. Karl has played the point exclusively this week and done a nice job. He wouldn’t be able to play the point full-time in the NBA, but his ability to handle and see the floor makes him an interesting prospect, given his outstanding shooting skills.