Joel Freeland

Joel Freeland

Postby Savory Griddles on Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:52 am

Who is this Joel Freeland kid?

Collegehoopsnet.com has us taking him. I mean, i don't put any stock in us actually selecting him, but the fact that he's showing up in the first round is interesting.

I found this on him: http://nbadraft.net/profiles/joelfreeland.asp

Those profiles make everyone sound like Kevin Garnett though, so what's the real skinny on this guy and where did he come from.
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Postby Alleyhoops on Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:36 pm

It says "comparison"= Keon Clark. Does that mean if we sign him, he'll just disappear?
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Postby JSM on Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:38 pm

Raw.

He only has a 6-10 wingspan.

Has only been playing basketball for two years.

And he could use a little work on his shooting mechanics.
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Postby eNlight on Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:24 pm

put him into our farm system. :jam2:
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Postby rydjorker121 on Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:54 pm

Yeah, Freeland's an extreme late bloomer. He only really showed up as a draft prospect in the Reebok Treviso EuroCamp which took place over the past few weeks, and he's one of those rare prospects coming from England. However, a lot of what we see in Freeland is primarily potential; he is 6'11", athletic, hard working, and has a solid base of offense (shooting touch) and defense (aggressiveness). However, it's not like his offense and defense are in NBA level right now, and that's why he could certainly use another couple of years in Europe to shore up his game. He'll probably become like an Ian Mahinmi/Fran Vazquez/Ricky Sanchez type prospects who's a few years away. The reason why he's considered an early 2nd rounder to even a late 1st rounder is because teams that don't necessarily need any more rookies or roster spaces can just stash him away for the time being and perhaps get something good in return eventually. There could be a huge payoff in drafting little-known guys with a lot of potential, such as Freeland.
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