Ted gives his review of last night on his blog. In short, he's happy we were able to add more young talent to the system, and he gave reasons why we chose not to move up in the draft, nor sell a pick for cash. I feel it's almost as transparent as you can get about the whole deal.
Florida State F Chris Singleton dropped a lot farther than most experts had him going in Thursday night's NBA Draft.
But dropping all the way to the Washington Wizards at #18, Singleton may have just been the steal of the draft!
Also, Ford says Kanter could go #1 and mentions Washington as a possibility if they win tomorrow night, though not the Wolves. Edited quotes follow:
• "If Kanter is the best big man in the draft, Florida State's Chris Singleton is widely regarded as the draft's best perimeter defender. Singleton has a terrific combination of size, length, athleticism and toughness...The question for Singleton has always been: Can he score enough to make him a lottery pick?...I could ultimately see him going somewhere in the mid- to late-lottery."
• "Every year I stumble across a player that causes me to radically re-evaluate where I have them ranked. This year that player is Providence guard Marshon Brooks...[Tim] Grover: 'There's a little bit of Kobe in him, isn't there?' When you consider that Grover trains Kobe, that's high, high praise...He had one of the best player efficiency ratings in the draft...We moved him up more than 30 spots on our Big Board to No. 22."
Chris Singleton has an opportunity to grow and learn quite a bit over a 5-day time period this summer. Here's to hoping he can gain a better understanding of his strengths and be an even greater asset to FSU Basketball in the 2010-2011 Season.
*Bumping this article from earlier in the week to remind readers that Chris Singleton will train with Team USA Select this coming week in Vegas. He's been campaigning for twitter followers all morning to keep people updated on what/how he's doing this summer, so if you aren't already, follow him @c31sing. Singleton received praise from ESPN's Jay Bilas for the way he performed at LeBron James basketball camp last week. Hopefully he'll give us all something to look forward to on the hardwood next season!