While the NFL Draft rates high on the hype machine, the NBA Draft is much lower. It only last two rounds and a single night. Still, there are those from colleges around the area that — for them — will be the biggest night of their lives. Here is a look at some players that could have their name called on June 28.
Mike Scott (Virginia): The Cavaliers will certainly miss this forward, who led his team to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. In that season, he was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third-team Sporting News and Basketball Times All-America choice, thanks in part to his 18 points per game as well as his more than eight rebounds a contest. Current projections have him as an early to mid second round pick.
Bradford Burgess (Virginia Commonwealth): The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder from Midlothian is lauded for his shooting ability and his high intelligence. That said, his chances of being drafted are still in question. One thing he has going for him, other than his skills, is the fact that he has the experience of being on a Final Four club – as the VCU Rams reached the National Semifinal in 2011.
Henry Sims (Georgetown): The former Hoya center has high quality in raw physical skills as well as basketball skills. Sims stands at 6-foot-11 and weighs 241 pounds with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. On the court, he averaged 11.6 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocked shots during his senior season.
Hollis Thompson (Georgetown): After the 2010-11 season, Thompson initially put his name into the NBA Draft pool before backing out. This time, he’s officially in the running. And that comes after improving significantly in 2011-12. He aided the Hoyas – and himself – with a fine shooting stroke from long range. Thompson was second on his team in scoring and third in rebounding and he led the Big East in 3-point shooting.
Terrell Stoglin (Maryland): The Terp guard had his mind made due to unfortunate circumstances over the offseason. Stoglin declared for the draft after the school suspended him for one year for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct policy. Focusing on what he can do on the court, Stoglin averaged 21.6 points in 2011-12 and accounted for 31.4 percent of Maryland’s points.
Brian Wright is a contributing writer for the Stafford County Sun. Reach him at email@example.com.