Levance Fields has been jetting around a bit to attend team workouts. He does not expect to get drafted, but it will be very likely that he will sign a free agent deal for at least the summer league.
At the end of last week he was out in Sacremento.
Another intriguing player that worked out for the Kings was Pittsburgh point guard Levance Fields.
At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Fields looks a lot like a football player. And he’s from Brooklyn, NY and most basketball fans know the swagger that comes with a point guard from New York.
Fields isn’t considered one of the top prospects at the position.
He led a Pitt team that was known for its toughness. So it’s no surprise that’s what Fields touted as one of his strengths.
“I’m just tough nosed,” he said. “Tough mentally, a grind it out type of player. Not really pretty, not fancy. I just get the job done and do whatever my team needs for me to do to win. I think that’s all that matters. As long as my team wins, that’s all I care about.”
No actual word how he performed.
Tomorrow he has a workout with the NY Knicks. The only other guard set to come in that day is Gonzaga senior Micah Downs.
Fields’ agent is expressing the requisite optimism.
“We want to get him in the best shape that he’s been in,” [Keith] Glass said. “He’s not been able to be in great shape because of the injuries. Every team in the league loves the way he plays, but their concern has always been his conditioning and the shape that he’s been in.”
According to the story, Orlando and Chicago have also been interested in him.
We haven’t heard much about Tyrell Biggs except for a brief bit of positive press at the end of May. Well, he also was down at the IMG Academy with Blair to get in shape and improve his game.
Sean Brown, a walk-on with Pitt this past year (and also Biggs’ roommate) has a bit up for SLAM while he is, uh, “trying to breakthrough in a street culture industry (Think Alife Rivington Club and Reed Space) while maintaining my love for the game via the written word.”
The New York native had a mediocre senior season on a quality Pittsburgh team surround by scoring threats, but with a position change and improved aggressiveness Biggs is believed to get some quality looks from NBA scouts. At 6’8” with quality face-up skills, Biggs has proven that his play in college was merely lost in translation. “College was a great experience from a team perspective for me, now I can show off my individual skill.” The little aspects of his shot have made it more consistent crediting his focus and some instruction on bouncing after his release. Outside of his playing ability everyone seems to acknowledge Biggs’s business like attitude towards the game. Thorpe has described Biggs as coming in “fully aware of the obstacles he faces and the daily fight he will endure.” This uphill battle that Biggs will face to land on an NBA roster has been met with his attitude of constant professionalism and a planned purpose throughout all his workouts. Sometimes the ability to be seen in a different setting allows players such as Biggs to surprise and creates opportunity to play at a higher level once not available to them.
Biggs’ obstacle to the NBA is his inability to play good defense, not getting better consistency with his shot.
I wish both Fields and Biggs the best, and hope they have great careers in Europe.