As the road show comes to a close it is the time for the event that all of those who dream of becoming a player in the NBA dream of, it is NBA Draft time. Sixty college basketball players are going to be selected by NBA teams who have positioned themselves on the draft board. Until the NBA Draft occurs the media, players and fans occupy themselves with the Mock Draft. The 2013 Mock Draft has changed the position of players many times and will continue to do so even up until the day of the draft. (See www.nbadraft.net) Some teams have more than one player selection on the draft board, while other teams will trade even during the draft itself. There are those that say the mock draft is not cast in stone with the exception of the #1 Draft Pick. Although I have watched the NBA Draft on TV, experiencing the draft first hand is amazing. It feels like you have been placed on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The energy in the room is electric and the audience debates about the players chosen. What intrigued me most was watching the kids that were present. They knew so much about the players that were being selected and were spitting out players information like human encyclopedias. They chanted and cheered when their favorite player was selected. The entire night was like this until the very last player’s name was called out. It’s a great experience for all who attend.
We look forward to being at the 2012 NBA Draft tomorrow, but our season doesn’t end at the draft. If our recruits are not selected, we will move forward with other options for them that include being picked up by a team as a free agent (Post Draft Selection), Europe and overseas and the NBA Development League. We will discuss all of those possibilities in our next article.
Enjoy the draft! Godspeed to our recruits.
As the Draft Combine comes to a fantastic end you would think it was time for a well deserved rest, but instead it is time for the dedicated players to start the Road Show. Each NBA team will schedule team workouts at their facilities for draftees interested in joining the NBA. These team workouts involve 3 on 3 play, 5 on 5 play, shooting drills, and they also conduct interviews to see the potential of the future superstars. For the players who were not invited to the Draft Combine, this gives them their opportunity to show their skills to various teams. Some draftees are talented enough to be invited to work out for more than one NBA team and that is an honor that they do not look at lightly.
There are a lot of elements that go into the formula that ultimately proves successful to getting drafted: a Draftee’s High School, College, and International resume, their overall predicted potential by NBA scouts and player personnel, as well as how they get along with and how well they perform at team workouts.
Team workouts are favored by coaches and general managers who want to meet with prospective players outside of the camp environment. It is the place for players to express willingness to switch positions, come off the bench and change training habits when meeting with prospective NBA teams. A challenging issue that many players face as they leave college is finding their ideal positions in the NBA and a player who shows flexibility and the drive to improve may leap over players with questionable character in the draft.
Marshall, LLC has fourteen recruits in training. Although our recruits did not participate in the Draft Combine, the Road Show has begun. Godspeed to our recruits.
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