NBA Draft express (a site you should be reading) announced the 14 players invited to New York City to sit in the NBA draft “green room.” Obviously expected first pick Anthony Davis was invited along with Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kansas’ Thomas Robinson are going to be there. But joining them will be Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross. For him to be invited, it means there’s a pretty good chance he will be taken among the first 14 picks. Other players invited include: Syracuse’s Dion Waiters, Connecticut’s Andrew Drummond and Jeremy Lamb, UNC’s Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes and John Henson, Weber State’s Damion Lillard, Duke’s Austin Rivers, Florida’s Bradley Beal and Illinois’ Meyers Leonard.
Here’s Jonathan Givony’s latest mock draft, which has Ross going 13th to the Suns. He also does not have Tony Wroten going in the first round.
Talked with Wroten ever so briefly, and he said they rented out a place for close family and friends to watch the draft.
Chad Ford of ESPN wrote about 10 questions going into the draft, one of those questions was about who he felt were the underrated players outside of the lottery. He mentions Wroten, along with Quincy Miller of Baylor and Draymond Green of Michigan State.
From the story …
Wroten, on physical tools and skills, is one of the four or five most talented players in the draft. He has elite size for his position and is a terrific athlete. He also is a special passer and can really get to the basket, and he can be a lockdown defender. However, Wroten’s broken jump shot, tendency to play out of control and reputation as a team-chemistry killer have damaged his stock.
Wroten has very real obstacles to overcome and could be Lance Stephenson 2.0, but with so much raw talent there, he also has the potential to be a Gary Payton-esque player in the NBA someday. If he matures and fixes that jumper … wow.
In Ford’s latest mock draft, he has Ross going 15th to the Suns and still has Wroten going to the Hawks at 23.
Over at Sports Illustrated, Seth Davis talked to an anonymous NBA scout and got his thoughts about 52 players, including Ross and Wroten.
From the story …
Terrence Ross, 6-7 forward, Washington: “Maybe the biggest sleeper in the draft. He’s athletic, he shoots it, he’s competitive. His basketball I.Q. is a question, but that wouldn’t concern me. One of the best shooters I’ve seen. He can really stroke it. He’s far away physically, but he can put on strength. I like that he gets in his stance and tries to guard.
Tony Wroten, 6-5 guard, Washington: “That shot is scary. I mean, he just does not make shots, and he’s really turnover prone. Some of his turnovers are because he has a flair for the dramatic. But he measured 6-5 with length.”
Sam Amick of SI also lists Wroten as one of the more underrated players in the draft. From his story …
Washington, Fr., PG, 6-6, 203, projected late first, early second round
The red flag: Lack of control
Wroten is one of the great enigmas of this draft, a tantalizing talent whose tendency for playing out of control (more turnovers than assists last season) and broken jumper (16.1 percent from three-point range) have scared off some teams. But he’s a relentless attacker as well, the kind of aggressive scorer that could fit right into the league’s latest genre of point guards and reminds some of a poor man’s Russell Westbrook.
He averaged 16 points (44.3 percent shooting) and five rebounds per game last season, though his finish showed why he’s likely to take some time to develop. In four games in the NIT, he scored in single digits three times and shot just 34.1 percent from the field (14 of 41).