: -Mardy Collins is, as expected, not working out very well for NBA teams and is struggling to find a floor for himself. Collins has had especially poor workouts with the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls recently, where according to different sources who watched him there, he “couldn’t knock down a shot from behind the college 3-point line in the drills to save his life” according to one, and “looked extremely slow and just played the entire workout in one gear” according to another.
As we wrote in the outlook section of our scouting report a while back, Collins is just not the type of player who will look good in the private workout. He will reportedly pass up the Orlando pre-draft camp, and considering how good of a five on five player he is, that could be a serious mistake.
-Expect Cedric Simmons to measure out at the Orlando pre-draft camp at a solid 6-10 in shoes, reportedly with a mammoth 7-4 wingspan.
-Sergio Rodríguez’s season is officially over after his 8th seeded Estudiantes team was swept by #1 seed Unicaja Malaga 3-0 in the first round of the Spanish ACB league playoffs. It was not because of a lack of effort on Rodríguez’s part, though, finishing the playoffs averaging 18.7 points and 5.3 assists in 28 minutes per game on 55% shooting from the field and 42.5% shooting from behind the arc (with a solid 4 attempts per game). Those are absolutely unheard of numbers for a 19 year old player in the best domestic competition in Europe. According to his agent Herb Rudoy, Rodríguez will be on his way to the States shortly where he will work out only for the NBA teams that are showing the most interest in him in the first round.
-Another European player who is on his way to the States is Ukrainian power forward Oleksiy Pecherov, who just coming off a breakout season with Paris Racing Basket in France. Pecherov is waiting on his Visa to the States according to agent Steve Huemann, and will start conducting private workouts shortly after he arrives. He has a fixed buyout sum in his contract that fluctuates on a sliding scale according to where he ends up being drafted.
-Maurice Ager, Rodney Carney, Randy Foye and Hassan Adams all worked out yesterday for the New Orleans Hornets together. The feedback coming out from two different people in the gym was that Ager and Foye were the two most impressive players there. Ager reportedly shot the ball poorly in the drills, showing poor footwork, but was absolutely lights out once the very competitive 2 on 2 game started. Both sources mentioned in their own way that Ager was “knocking down shots from all parts of the floor, getting to the rim at will, dunking on people, and playing outstanding defense.”
Rodney Carney was the best player in the drills portion of the workout, being absolutely unconscious from the NBA 3-point line, but went silent once the two on twos started, largely due to the intense defense of Ager. Carney reportedly did not score a single point in either game that was played, looking a bit soft throughout, not quite in the workout mentally, and was even dunked on ferociously by Ager at one point.” In all fairness, though, this was Carney’s first workout, while we already have Ager down for 9 different completed workouts already.
-Mike Gansey will not be playing at the Orlando pre-draft camp, due to the fact that he has 17 private NBA workouts already scheduled. He was in Los Angeles today with the Clippers and will be part of a shooting-specialist workout tomorrow in Golden State with J.J. Redick, Randy Foye and Dan Grunfeld. Speaking of Grunfeld, after not being invited to Portsmouth, the senior Stanford guard has received an invite to the Orlando pre-draft camp, which he will of course accept. Other players we’ve heard who are tentatively scheduled to be there include Iowa State guards Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock, Illinois big man James Augustine, Yemi Nicholson, Steve Novak, Jose Juan Barea, Frans Steyn, Richard Roby, and many others. Formal invites will be in tomorrow.