What they're saying about draft pick Kenneth Faried
The Nuggets used the 22nd pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft to select Kenneth Faried, who broke Tim Duncan's NCAA career rebounding record during his four years at Morehead State. Here are just a few things people in the Denver organization are saying about Faried, who played two NCAA Tournament games at the Pepsi Center in March:
"Kenneth Faried is a relentless rebounder and he’s got a motor that few guys have in this game. We’re really excited to have him.” - Nuggets President Josh Kroenke
“Him playing here (Pepsi Center) really helped us and it got our whole crew the opportunity to see him. We had gone on the road a few times to see him and our guys really like him. But playing here and seeing how relentless the kid was and bringing him into a workout really helped. He went for every loose ball. He has that natural instinct to go get the ball, and he’s tough.” - Nuggets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri.
"Young players, when they hit the spotlight of the NBA, it’s always interesting to see how they respond. I’m sure there’s going to be some positives and excitement. Playing fast is part of our personality and I think we drafted a kid that says it’s a part of our personality." - Nuggets coach George Karl.
"The first word you think of is rebounding. He led the country in rebounding and had one of the highest per-minute rebounding averages in the last 30 years. Hard-working, intense, tough. He brings it every game, plays as hard as he possibly can. Team player, quality young man, good personality. The kid’s a real positive in every way." - Nuggets scouting director Mike Bratz.
"I saw him for three days in late-January. He just played so hard. He’s going to play hard here. It’s not going to let up." - Nuggets scout Herb Livsey.