No, it isn’t likely to hear Gil Brown, Brad Wanamaker or Gary McGhee’s names called on the night of the NBA Draft. More likely is the chance for playing in the summer league and a non-guaranteed free agent deal. Followed by signing in Europe. I think we are all reasonably realistic on that issue.
That doesn’t mean that they aren’t practicing, working out for teams and doing all that they can do to merit consideration by teams. To say nothing of their representation making sure they promote them.
Wanamaker signed with IMG. They also represent DeJuan Blair.
IMG just posted an interview with Wanamaker. Talking about his son, how his father introduced him and his twin brother to basketball to keep them away from the crime and wrong life. The end of his Pitt career and the beginning.
My freshman year was tough. Things didn’t go how I thought they would. Coach Dixon was hard on me, but he pushed me to be the best I could be. He helped me grow up. He pushed you to grow as a player and as a man.
But Levance Fields? He torched me. Not a day went by that he wasn’t killing me in practice. I’m getting frustrated because I thought I was playing good defense. He talked so much trash. He would talk for three days straight. Then the coaches would talk about it and we’d watch film — it was endless for me. But it made me hungry. He made me bring it every day, which helped in my development.
And here’s a video interview with Hoopsworld. Talking about up coming workouts with teams and plenty of softballs.
Then there is Gilbert Brown who is training out in Vegas. Getting some positive reviews.
Gilbert Brown – In wake of the Memphis Grizzlies’ success, executives are searching for perimeter defenders that can change their team’s culture and lock down opponents. These executives should underline Brown’s name because that’s exactly what he brings to a team.
Since arriving in Vegas one month ago, he has solidified his reputation as a defensive stopper and has drawn comparisons to Arron Afflalo and Memphis’ own Sam Young, who once played with Brown at the University of Pittsburgh. Brown has an NBA body and has continued to bulk up at Impact.
He has been working one-on-one with Corey Maggette in recent weeks, improving his offensive game and receiving individual training that is paying off during workouts. Brown is ready to contribute right away and he’ll further help his stock in workouts.
Athletically and potentially, I have no doubt that Brown could be a solid role player in the NBA. As it was at Pitt, and will always be. It comes down to his head and will.