-George showed that he is more athletic than once thought, if that is possible.
Least Impressive: DeMarcus Cousins
-Cousins clearly did not want to be there and it showed in his interviews.
Did Most to Improve Draft Stock: Craig Brackins
-Brackins moved closer to the first round with an impressive array of physical skills and personality.
Did Least to Improve Draft Stock: Manny Harris
-Harris had an opportunity to show that he belonged in this draft, but he seemed to be going through the motions and his jumper seemed a bit off.
Best Interview: Patrick Patterson
-By a mile. Patterson came off as thoughtful, personable and humble. Bonus points for being the only one of the Top 13 players to participate in the drills.
Worst Interview: DeMarcus Cousins
Of the point guard group, Eric Bledsoe was very impressive, and showed he has the skills to be a top-flight NBA point guard. Also, Sherron Collins put in a performace similar to his Kansas days – not flashy, but very effective.
Very impressed by Sylven Landesberg, who showed good athleticism and a smooth shooting stroke. Also looking good was Avery Bradley who looked much more comfortable with the ball then he did at Texas. Still not buying into the hype on Dominique Jones as a first rounder – Didn't see enough that stood out about him and his shooting needs some improvement.
The triumvirate of George, Luke Babbitt and Gordon Hayward were clearly above the other small forwards who participated in the drills. While just taking part in interviews, Wesley Johnson came off as a solid person who wants to keep getting better. Stanley Robinson did not look good during the drills, although they certainly did not play to his strengths.
Larry Sanders and Gani Lawal both looked impressive and showed more athleticism than they showed last season. Both Derrick Favors and Greg Monroe were good interviewees, as was Ekpe Udoh. Would have liked to see more of Ed Davis in order to determine how well he can perform after his injury last season.
Solomon Alabi played well and has already shown improvement since the end of the season. On the other side, Hassan Whiteside looked lost at times and seemed clearly out of his element in the large groups. Daniel Orton was an interesting interview and seemed very likeable. Dexter Pittman was looking good until he had to leave early due to the death of his brother.
Missing in action:
Jon Scheyer (Mono) and Quincy Pondexter (Finger) did not show at the combine.
With the large workouts continuing in Minnesota this week and New Jersey the next week, look for players to make moves to improve their draft positions playing in 5-on-5 competition.
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