Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Hoops Draft Update

A note on Jarrett Jack and his strength solidified as a 1st round candidate:

Georgia Tech point guard Jarrett Jack was among the players invited for the physical testing Friday, but he did not participate in the interview session and said he's still undecided about his future.

"You know me," Jack said with a smile, "I'll probably wait until June 20 to make a decision."

Jack has until June 21 to decide he's going to remain in the draft pool or return to Tech for his senior season. He has not signed with an agent, and provided he doesn't do so before the deadline, could return to school without penalty.

But several league executives in town for the pre-draft camp indicated that Jack's status, as a first-round pick is certain.

"He's in that mix of guys after (Deron) Williams and (Chris) Paul," said Indiana Pacers director of player personnel Mel Daniels. "I don't think there's any doubt about that. And this is one of the deepest point-guard groups we've seen in a while."

Interesting article on Luke Schenscher hoping that size matters to NBA folks. It seems to walk along a fine-line of saying that Luke did not develop at Georgia Tech, without coming right out and saying it:

"Every team in this league is always on the lookout for bigs," Milwaukee Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "But with big men you're always wanting to see if they make strides from [season to season]. You have to see some growth in them to know that they're going to be all right."

The Draft is taking shape, with this on Jack:

Jarrett Jack, Georgia Tech - Jack is the guy that scouts rave about off the record, and the sense here is that he'll go significantly higher than most projections. He's got the size, the style, and the mentality that is perfect for an NBA point guard. If the Bobcats don't take a point guard with their first pick, they could be all over Jack at No. 13.

Meanwhile, for some draft camp measurements, check this out:

Jack, Jarrett 6' 2½" 6' 3½" 197.6 6' 7½" 8' 4"

Bynum, Will 5' 10½" 5' 11½" 188.8 6' 3½" 7' 9"

Schenscher, Luke 6' 11¾" 7' 1½" 241.6 7' 5" 9' 3½"