POTB 129: Recapping the NBA draft combine

  • 05/17/2016 5:14 pm in

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Eric Crawford, a sports journalist at WDRB in Louisville who covers Louisville, Indiana and Kentucky and attended the NBA draft combine in Chicago.

Among the topics discussed:

· Impressions of Troy Williams at the NBA draft combine
· Troy’s defense and whether it’s NBA ready
· Whether the NBA is less favorable to seniors
· Indiana’s ceiling next season with Williams and without him
· Yogi Ferrell’s future in the NBA and why he’s looked at less favorably than some of the other smaller guards in the draft
· The atmosphere of the NBA combine
· The rule change this year of testing the waters and whether it’s good for college basketball
· Whether OG Anunoby would have stood out at the combine

And plenty more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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  • BL

    In the Indy paper, recapping an interview with Troy after his Pacers workout, Nate Taylor wrote: “What he [Troy] does care about is his chances of being a late first-round pick, which he said might be the biggest deciding factor on whether he remains in the draft or withdraws from it.” If Taylor’s inference is accurate, Troy may be softening his insistence on going pro. In fact, it would suggest he is more likely to return to IU for his senior year.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Great observation BL. TW may be back to IU.

  • sarge

    I think Troy can improve his draft stock by coming back regardless of what the nba thinks about seniors in college. What he needs to improve can be done with more game experience, as he has more than enough ability to play at the next level. He will also get noticed more at a top tier college team than the d league or overseas. As for Yogi, I think he will definitely get on an nba team even if he doesn’t get drafted. With all of the workouts he is doing with teams, they know that he could be a valuable asset and a great get flying under the draft radar. It would be a big mistake to pass him up, and I think some of the smarter front offices know that. He is proven, tough, injury free, competitive and skilled in many ways.

  • BL

    Yes, forget the senior label; that’s simply not an issue. Question is, can Troy improve his decision making with the ball, and can he consistently play sound defense with high effort (which is actually more decision making). When I consider the fact that he has become a better ball handler and shooter since his freshman year, I say hell yes he can improve. Conversely, when I also consider that we’ve seen him consistently struggle with decision making his entire time at IU, I say damn, I just don’t know. Some really gifted athletes unfortunately never cross that hurdle. Others have had to hit rock bottom before making real improvement. An example that comes to mind is Gerald Green. He was drafted out of high school and played in the NBA for a few years as teams saw potential and assumed he would develop but he was reckless with the ball and the NBA finally gave up on him. Green had to play in Europe and ultimately China to truly understand that he needed to develop a more complete game; highlight dunks were not going to carry him back to the NBA. As you know, he did eventually improve and make it back to the NBA. If the NBA does snub Troy, it may be a major blessing in disguise; could be the wakeup call he needs to fully comprehend what Coach has been trying to convey is spot on. The good news, if he does return for his senior year, I’m betting we’ll see him highly motivated and better than ever.

    Good point regarding YF and Draymond.

  • Fivelefts

    I agree! My Bulls, have had recent success with, small point guards that can shoot! Or at least Thibodeau has! Actually, I think the Timberwolves, are one of the teams Yogi will be working out for, if I’m not mistaken. As much as Rubio is injured, he may get some time early!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    As to TP, CTC’s quote came from a player by player synapses – not a question or him being singled out.