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June 10, 2009

Updating Fields and Biggs

Filed under: Basketball,Draft,NBA — Chas @ 2:57 pm

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.

I realize I’m nuts, but I still think Fields has a shot in the NBA. A very LONG shot, but a shot nonetheless.

Comment by Carmen 06.12.09 @ 9:57 am

We should be getting positve reviews on football recruits but it seems they are all leaving for PSU, Mich., etc. So much for the net around the WPIAL. Early results are not good!

Comment by jp 06.12.09 @ 2:19 pm

Dear JP, Patience sir, is a virtue. There are many fish in the sea. “Little Washington” has not been known in recent years as a Pitt connection. I’m surprised that the young Mr. Wilkes did not follow his presecessors to Ohio State. From Columbus in Big Eleven Heaven, I remain a Golden Panther.

Comment by rev. george mehaffey 06.12.09 @ 4:11 pm

Oops. My error. The young defector’s name is Wilkins, not Wilkes. Also, I wish to correct a typo above. Of course, the word is predecessors. We Pittites in Ohio(and there are many wish Coach Dave and his associates the BEST this weekend. George Mehaffey.

Comment by rev. george mehaffey 06.12.09 @ 7:11 pm

Well, I don’t know where you got your basketball credentials, or, even if you have any. But your prospectus is preposterous! wait until after the draft, and you’ll know what I mean. Then you can get your head out of the sand and find something you’re skilled at, because predictions is not one!

Comment by bj 06.12.09 @ 11:15 pm

I love the superstar !!!! Go Talbot !!

Comment by Joe Pa 06.13.09 @ 12:03 am

Hey rev. george mehaffey:

You want to do my ears a favor, and perhaps post comments as “George?”

C’mon please and get over yourself.

This whole “rev. george mehaffey” stuff is getting to me a bit; pretentious, really — I’ve long been a visitor to this site, and some things start to wear and tear on the reader. (Chiefly, I do not think that it is appropriate to disclaim that you are “rev.”)

I do not name my titles, nor do I make any reference to my professional licenses.

I mainly bring this up because it does not exactly go hand-in-hand with a modest, “Christian” character. (My great grandfather (EA Minister, Lansdowne, PA (c. 1930-40-50) — I think he’d slap your face; stern god-fairing man he was, wouldn’t have tolerated this self-indulgent tomfoolery.

I’m no holy roller, by the way. No way, not nearly at all.

The advice from this individual is to just say what you’d like as “George.” It’d do you some good, for f*ck’s sake.

____________________________________________IN REFERENCE (but not limited) TO:

My My,such vindictiveness. Coach Willard did a fair job at my Alma Mater(Pitt) but a superior job at the fine institution of Holy Cross.(Where Character DOES count) His son worked with Pitino(I believe) after playing some decent roundball for our Panthers. I,for one wish Mr. Willard the best For the Cardinals except when they play Pitt.

Comment by rev. george mehaffey 06.10.09 @ 2:14 pm

Comment by Neil 06.13.09 @ 2:00 am

Penguins almost gave me a heart attack! This was sweet like The Steeler’s past 2 Super Bowls.

Alright, back to Pitt sports.


Comment by Panthoor 06.13.09 @ 2:41 am

Eff the penguins. This is a University of Pittsburgh blog. Take that shit somewhere else.

Comment by omar 06.13.09 @ 1:01 pm

eff the steelers too. if you want to get on a bandwagon with a bunch of uneducated losers, then you better do it fast. i think it’s almost full.

at least you know that most Pitt fans have a bachelors degree. i effing hate the steelers and penguins. hate them.

Comment by omar 06.13.09 @ 1:03 pm

Neil, My apology. Point well taken. Henceforth I will just sign off with george.

Comment by rev. george mehaffey 06.13.09 @ 1:21 pm

rev. george mehaffey, neil’s opinion is neil’s opinion. It certainly is not mine. You earned your titled and as far as I am concerned, “use it”. (I trust that neil is not one of those dudes who on other matters preaches tolerance towards others. If he did, that would be hypocritical, and I got to believe that neil is no hypocrit.)

Comment by BigGuy 06.13.09 @ 1:42 pm

Neil and Omar need a milkshake composed of tolerance and love.

Omar, instead of celebrating a win by a city I admire, you use the word “hate” like it’s painted on your fingernails.

So, you obviously object to The Sacremento Kings or the New York Knicks as well?(read the article first, then bash the posters). Professional sports is important to recruits as well you know. They want to come to a city that is as much a winner as the University. The article here is about young men getting a chance to be professionals. If McCoy was drafted by The Steelers and they win the Super Bowl next season, would you hate on people for celebrating his achievement? Heck, I would be happy if he took The Eagles to the Super Bowl, and I would post about it. It was ONE post in admiration of a sports team that went from least to beast in the blink of an eye. It is what Pittsburgh teams do, they win.

I think it was a relevant thread to post a “Good Job” to the Penguins. The article is about our boys and a future as “professional” athletes. If Chas tells me not to post about Pro teams anymore then I will stop. It’s his house and his rules.

I don’t apologize for my above post, unless I offended anyone. If that is the case, then I am sorry for celebrating The Pittsburgh Penguins bringing another title to The City of Pittsburgh.

I do, however, apologize 100% if you are a Flyers fan. It must taste real bad.

Comment by Panthoor 06.13.09 @ 5:40 pm

Rev. George – When so much venom and misinformation can be spewed in the message boards and blogs with no accountability by use of self-assigned nickmnames – and I do not mean the folks who frequent this blog who are mostly passionate but polite Pitt fans – I find it refreshing that you choose to sign off with your full name. If “Rev” is who you are then that’s fine with me.
I just think some of us must have had a bad night.
Congrats to the Pens. There’s a trend here that I hope the Panthers can can latch onto and continue. City of Champions…again.

Comment by Pitt71 06.13.09 @ 7:10 pm

To Big Guy and Pitt, Thankyou gentlemen. I was not offended. What I am known by is not the focus of the Blog. Pitt, and more particularly,Pitt athletics is what this is all about. Appreciate your support,but I’ll continue to be George from Big Eleven Heaven in Columbus. Go Pitt.

Comment by rev. george mehaffey 06.13.09 @ 10:18 pm

check out the bottom of Sam Young’s wiki page, I didnt do it but its pretty funny
link to

Comment by Patrick I 06.14.09 @ 2:43 am

I see that I have insulted some you — my message to George was pretty heavy handed; my wording was not entirely appropriate. And for that I sincerely apologize (especially to George, as he read my criticism and responded like a gentleman).

Apologies aside, I maintain that this is not the platform for professional title-sharing.

Comment by Neil 06.14.09 @ 4:08 am

Neil, Well said. Let’s move on. George

Comment by rev. george mehaffey 06.14.09 @ 9:00 am

Neil should sign off with the title “Neil The Douche Bag”

Comment by Pittastic 06.14.09 @ 2:56 pm

LOL I would like to know what his professional title is. He’s definitely certifiable.

Perhaps he’s a CPA… Crazy Punctuation Abuser.

Comment by Anonymous 06.15.09 @ 5:22 am

Panthers secure verbal from Jeff Knox Jr. Looks like a big athlete who can run. Nice nice addition. He also formerly was at Central Catholic so sort of like a local addition which is nice to see right now. Picked Pitt over several strong scholarship offers, including the nitters. Great win! Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Yinzer 06.15.09 @ 7:18 am

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