When you think of St. John’s Men’s basketball team, whose name pops into your head? For me it is Dwight Hardy, which I think is the case for anyone else who watched NCAA basketball this past season. St. John’s was having a pretty good year, but when on January 30 the Red Storm beat Duke University by 15 points, they became more engraved in people’s minds all over the country as they proceeded to barrel through the likes of UConn, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
No one expected them to have a run like they did towards the end of the season, just like no one expected Paris Horne to tear down the rim after going up for a dunk at Philly’s predraft workout on Sunday.
Other prospects at the workout were Deandre Liggins, Josh Harrelson and Lavoy Allen. Both Deandre Liggins and Josh Harrelson came up big for Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament against Jared Sullinger and the Ohio State Buckeyes as well as Harrison Barnes and the UNC Tar Heels. Hornes was at an ultimate disadvantage because not only has his productivity decreased during his years with St. John’s, but he had to spotlight against people who made more clutch impacts with their teams deep into the tournament which was the last grand stage for NCAA basketball.
I am sure the rim and Philly scouts will remember his name now.
Maybe because I had other pressing matters to address, but I do not recall any mudslinging in last year’s NBA draft. I mean of course guys are going to rally to be put higher on the draft board. However, Markieff Morris is just outright downplaying Derrick Williams’ talent as a big man.
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“I didn’t think he was as good as advertised,” Morris said. “He got the benefit of the calls from the ref and we had to guard him different. He definitely had a good game against us, because we couldn’t guard him how we wanted to guard him, and that’s what happened. So when he hears that Williams is a lock to go in the top two, Morris said, “It’s still surprises me. What he did to Duke, he wouldn’t do that to me or my brother [Marcus]. I’m dead serious. He wouldn’t. At all. He’s good. But if we was to work out, I would go at him and I would be able to stop him more than people would expect, you know what I mean.” Continue reading Draft Drama: Markieff Morris Thinks Derrick Williams Is Not As Good As Advertised
I was a big fan of Derrick Williams before he opened his mouth about being the next LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers. People are labeling this draft the worst in twenty years and his confidence level seems a little premature. Williams had one of the greatest tournament performances of any player in the NCAA, but I am not sure he should be taking on the challenge of a role that he is far from ready for.
‘I think I’m the No. 1 pick because I have more star quality I would think,’ the small forward said. ‘I’m just a bigger person. Just trying to fill in for a big star like LeBron like they’re missing. That missing piece. I think that’s me.’ Continue reading Arizona's Derrick Williams Thinks He is The Next LeBron James