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NBA Scouts Not Sold On Louisville’s Talent
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 29, 2013 @ 3:08 pm In College Headlines,Headlines,NBA Draft Headlines | No Comments
Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino has gotten to the Sweet 16 by building a roster deep with good players, practically none of whom would be described as sure-fire NBA prospects. Just one Louisville player – junior center Gorgui Dieng – will likely be picked in the first round of this year’s draft.
“Pitino has squeezed the hell out of those guys,” said one NBA player personnel director, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit discussing underclassmen. “I don’t see any of them being consistently in a (NBA) rotation. I’m not even sold on Dieng.”
Two other league executives – one in both the Eastern and Western Conferences – shared that view of the Louisville roster, projecting Dieng as a late first-round pick and junior guard Russ Smith as a possibility in the second round. Though several other Cardinals will be on the NBA’s radar including senior point guard Peyton Siva, sophomore forward Chane Behanan and freshman forward Montrezl Harrell (who might be the best long-term prospect of the group), it is atypical for such a powerful college basketball team to draw so little excitement from NBA scouts.
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