Friday, June 27, 2008

URI's Will Daniels Goes Undrafted

I promised to follow the careers of players like Will Daniels and Josh Duncan, so even though they went undrafted last night I will continue to do that as long as I can find info on them.

Here is the scoop on Will Daniels going undrafted, via The Providence Journal:

The NBA Draft concluded last night without a team calling Will Daniels’ name.

The University of Rhode Island star was hoping to become the first Rams player to be picked since Lamar Odom in 1999, but now he’ll attempt to sign with a team for this summer as a free agent.

Daniels worked out for 11 pro teams, including the Celtics, Heat, Pistons, Bobcats and Wizards. He was seen by scouts as a player who could play either forward position and was looked at by several teams that held selections toward the end of the second round.

Reached before the draft, Daniels was sure of his next move regardless of whether he heard his name called.

“It’s important but not the end of the world. Not everything works in your favor,” he said.

“Regardless of whether I get picked or not, I’ll go to the summer league and try to make it as an undrafted guy.”

Daniels finished his Rhody career with 1,678 points (eighth all-time) and 662 rebounds. Last season, he ranked fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game, and 11th in rebounding, at 6.5 a game.

Daniels says the scouts he has spoken with see his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame and like his ability to shoot the ball and play either forward position.

I think Daniels' best shot would be the with the Heat or the Wizards, so I'll keep an eye on that to see which teams he are looking to bring him in for summer league.

You can check out a video of Will Daniels' Draft Night here: Will Daniels' Draft Night

Monday, June 16, 2008

NBA Draft Sleepers - Will Daniels

Here are some NBA Draft sleepers courtesy of Basketball Prospectus:

Will Daniels (6'8" SR, SF, Rhode Island)

Daniels improved in each of his four seasons at Rhode Island, morphing from a low-percentage player with questionable shot selection to a very efficient scorer as a senior. As a freshman, he shot 40.5 percent from the field; he upped that to 50.1 percent during his final season. His scoring averaged progressed from 6.4 to 11.0, 17.4 and 18.6 during his time with the Rams and he managed that with the only increase in court time coming between his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Daniels is something of a longshot, but he's got ideal size for a small forward and has a very nice midrange shooting touch, hitting 55.5 percent of his two-point attempts. If he can play defense, he can stick.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Savior - Jon Hope

New joint from Jon Hope reppin' my home stomping grounds of Providence, RI.

Joint is tight, so check it out and I highly recommend checking out the bonus joint and the previous Jon Hope post I put up.

Savior - Jon Hope

Bonus Joint: The Rush - Jon Hope

Previously: Jon Hope-Various Joints

Ryan Gomes & Hoops For Heart

Former PC Friar and Boston Celtic and current Minnesota Timberwolves' player Ryan Gomes needs help with his Hoops for Heart health foundation. You can check out that link for the details. Gomes is really great in the community and I have been following his career closely since he began playing at Providence College, which is literally seconds from where I live.

More: Providence College