NBA Draft Combine Open Thread

Dylan Burkhardt
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Manny Harris is working out at the NBA Draft Combine today in Chicago (DeShawn Sims is not). He was asked by one reporter to describe his game:

“I’m a great kid,” Harris said. “I’m a guy that can play defense. I’m real aggressive on the offensive end. I’ve got a killer instinct – anyone in front of me I don’t think will stay in front of me. So if I can get in the lane, I think I can make a great decision about whether to finish or kick it out to a guy that’s open.

“I think I’m a do-it-all type of guy. I can get assists, I can get a rebound, I can get a bucket if I need it. I’ve got a killer instinct about myself. I don’t want to fail.”

Harris has a workout scheduled with the Pistons and the next month should be full of workouts. ESPNU is televising the draft combine until 2pm and judging by some tweets it appeared that Harris got some airtime. The interviews and physicals are probably more important in a combine event like this than the actual play.  I’ll leave this as an open thread for any sort of draft articles that come out from the combine.

Recruiting Tidbit: Bryan Everson of MichiganPreps.com passed along a note that Gary Harris and Jacobby Bledsoe are scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Michigan on June 3rd.

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  • Brian W

    If Joe Dumars unloads Rip Hamilton or another backcourt player, Manny could be a decent second round pick if he falls that far.

    I don't know much about Jacobby Bledsoe, but Rivals wrote the following in Sept. 2009 after seeing him at an elite camp in Indianapolis:

    “Bledsoe is definitely small, but the 2012 point guard from Indianapolis has a lot of game. He is extremely quick off the dribble, and shows a good instinct to find open men in transition with the pass. Also Bledsoe showed an ability to really knock down outside shots to go along with being a solid athlete. Right now he is clearly at his best when in transition, and will need to work on things when the game is in the half court set. If he continues to grow physically, his stock could see a major spike, but already he is making strides in his game since we last saw him in June.”

  • ATLblue

    did anyone else seem shocked when looking at Manny shooting today? Lost the leg kick and a better foul through, to bad he couldnt put in a couple more

  • Bluebufoon

    Gary Harris is a stud and Beilein was on the kid early now — now everyone wants him. Folks that think Beilein is destined to fail don't have a clue. Seriously, some of our fans are absolute idiots.

    The European scholarship could be coming down Gilley versus Giffey. The Great Dane versus the German. 6-7 versus 6-6. Gilley is for the class of 2011, Giffey is class of 2010. Both players turn 19 years old in the coming months Gilley in June, Giffey in August. Giffey is also being recruited by San Diego, Valpo and Louisville. Gilley visited U-M in the past two weeks, rumors are Giffey maybe in soon ? Gilley supposedly has had some type of knee injury, Giffey was out for months with mononucleosis.

    More info on Neils Giffey– the German.

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    Niels Giffey – 2m00 – SF – 1991 – ALBA Berlin

    The Top4 ended with a tragedy in what was the last game for Niels Giffey in the NBBL. The forward of ALBA Berlin, who recovered from a months-long illness and only came back in November 2009, could not overcome the excellent defense of Kevin Bright to raise his playing level and lead ALBA Berlin to a second consecutive title after his MVP performance in 2009. This does not take away from Giffey that he is a rather intriguing prospect as he used his recovery time to improve his already very versatile offensive skill set. He improved his three-point shooting to turn now around 45% from behind the arc.

    Combined with his good fundamentals and technique, Giffey shows a great understanding of the game in itself, being able to read what the defense gives him and seeing how to use defensive switches for example at his best. Mainly playing from outside, the 2m00 tall forward can put the ball on the floor with a preference for his right hand and go to finish strong around the basket with very long steps. He can also stop his drive to go to a triple-threat-position for the head fake or the extra pass for one of the cutters.

    Defensively, Giffey showed also his versatility as he defended nearly every position. Being used at the top in a 3-2 zone or on the 1-2-2 zone press, he is quick enough laterally to chase the guards to the trap situations in the corners. Additionally, he did an excellent job in the Final in man-man situations against Justin Raffington who he could defend in the low post going for several steals on the entry passes. Giffey added a few highlight-reel type blocks in both games where he came out of nowhere to reject the layup attempts on the fast break. His situation for next season is not clear yet as he has a multitude of offers on the table coming both from NCAA Colleges and Beko Bundesliga teams.

    http://www.europeanprospects.com/1992-born/forw

  • Billiam

    I agree with you that Belein is a good recruiter…I'd still be hesitant to say that others are absolute idiots tho.

  • Brian W

    Didn't get to see Manny today.

    Listened to the podcast for Sam Webb on TKA from yesterday, where he talked about Gilling possibly visiting Gonzaga and Jalen Reynolds. He said that Reynolds will definitely make it to the U-M elite camp. Here's a video of Reynolds when he was at Livonia Clarenceville. ESPN lists him at 6-9.

    YouTube highlights from 2009:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk68stBN2O0

    Looks like Gary Harris and Jacobby Bledsoe are teammates at Hamilton Southeastern. They may be taking an unofficial visit to Michigan State on June 3 also. Don't visit the site hoosierjrprep since my Anti-Virus Program brought back a warning about it being infected.

    Some of ESPN's description of Bledsoe, which they currently have graded at 85:

    “Jacobby is a quick little skilled point guard. He can score and is a good creator for himself and others. He has a solid handle which, combined with his quickness, allows him to get into the lane almost at will.”

  • Brian W

    Um. You mean Gilling and not Gilley, right? If not Gilley's a new one… Gilling had a knee injury that kept him out a few months, according to the Horsholm archive (I posted a link to there a couple of days ago). Guess it'll be interesting to see if either Giffey or Gilling get an offer… I'm done for a few hours now.

  • Flwolve

    Based on what we've seen at Michigan, how on earth can you say that JB is a good recruiter? The talent level on next year's team, which is Year 4 under JB, is as low as it's ever been. JB definitely needs to pick it up on the recruiting trail. It's not enough to spot these kids. Eventually, he needs to start signing some of his top recruits which he has not done while at UM.

  • KennyMe

    I am scratching my head to think where Beilein can pull out a scholarship for these two wings from Europe. He is recruiting a big for 2011, he is recruiting a PG for 2011. Yes, LLP is not going to return after this year, but is Beilein counting on somebody else leaving the program.

  • SamGoBlue

    I'm still not convinced that LLP is absolutely done for sure. If he has a good season, I don't see why he wouldn't be back. Don't forget that in his early time here at Michigan he scored double digits something like seven or eight straight games. If he can find himself again and be confident, I don't see why he couldn't really have a surprise season.

  • Bluebufoon

    Overnight I received an email from Christophe Ney at European prospects.com (I will paraphase his info)

    Niels Giffey, the German has several different options in front of him. He's been offered a long-term deal by Alba Berlin as a professional. Additionally, Giffey's current coach is Henrik Rodl, who played at North Carolina. Rodl is about to be named head coach of another German professional team and Giffey, has the option of signing with this other club and getting “Guarenteed” playing time and obviously he will continue to play for Rodl. Two weeks ago it appeared Giffey was headed to US to play college basketball, but now things are less clear. Giffey has been offered scholarships by several U.S. schools.

    Christophe has never seen the other prospect mentioned with U-M Jonathan Gilling play.

    (I hate to eat and run but I have to go)

  • Bluebufoon

    Overnight I received an email from Christophe Ney at European prospects.com (I will paraphase his info)

    Niels Giffey, the German has several different options in front of him. He's been offered a long-term deal by Alba Berlin as a professional. Additionally, Giffey's current coach is Henrik Rodl, who played at North Carolina. Rodl is about to be named head coach of another German professional team and Giffey, has the option of signing with this other club and getting “Guarenteed” playing time and obviously he will continue to play for Rodl. Two weeks ago it appeared Giffey was headed to US to play college basketball, but now things are less clear. Giffey has been offered scholarships by several U.S. schools.

    Christophe has never seen the other prospect mentioned with U-M Jonathan Gilling play.

    (I hate to eat and run but I have to go)

  • ATLblue

    http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/columnists/al-ha

    Nice article on what Manny thinks about Zack Novak, and his potential. Even compared him to Evan Turner

  • KennyMe

    not absolutely, but very likely, similar situation as last year's Ant.

  • Duffy

    Where are they holding the combine at, a high school gym ?

    Compared to the NFL it looks like amateur hour.

    Manny a decent 2nd round pick, I don't know, I will be surprised if he gets drafted with the talent level of every one else who came out early, obviously I'd like the Michigan guys to be picked but I don't know.

  • GeorgeEsq

    I like Reynolds' video. Long, athletic, agile, good hands. Very thin, but only a soph in this video. He reminds me of a young Roy Tarpley. The highlights don't show any shooting or if he has any back to the basket moves in the paint, but the raw ability is there.

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    Official measurements from the draft combine on Manny Harris…

    Manny Harris measurements: 6' 4″ w/o shoes, 6' 5.5″ w/ shoes, 185 lbs, 6' 7.25″ wing span, 8' 6″ reach, 3.8 body fat

    Manny's 3.8% body fat is the 2nd lowest of anyone measured at the combine. http://bit.ly/ch6jVD

  • Brian W

    Good article. Nice to get some positive press in a different state.

  • Brian W

    Interesting stuff. Things are always partly cloudy and not clear in recruiting it seems. If Giffey visits, I guess we'll know what he thinks of attending college.

  • JCB5

    Actually he compared himself to Evan Turner. He did have a lot of good things to say about Novak though

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    We will hopefully have video of Reynolds and a bunch of other local kids this weekend from the IPS Border Battle/Great Lakes Classic. Joe will be covering it.

  • Brian W

    Free Press article today about the Board of Regents meeting mentioned… “Basketball coach John Beilein confirmed that he's working on plans to take the Wolverines to Europe at the end of August for a weeklong trip with up to four games against European teams.”

    Illinois announced late this afternoon that Jeff Jordan is leaving the university again.

    “Coach Bruce Weber announced today that Jeff Jordan (Highland Park, Ill.) has left the Illinois basketball program. He has been granted a release and plans to transfer to another school.”

    Article from the Indianapolis Business Journal mentions that Jalen Rose claims to have given the name “World Wide Wes” to William Wesley and that World Wide Wes is supposedly working on a deal to have John Calipari land at the same NBA team as LeBron James.

    http://www.ibj.com/the-score/2010/05/21/uks-cal

  • Bluebufoon

    One additional tidbit on Niels Giffey, the 6-6 German, came up thru the youth development program for Alba Berlin, that is also the professional team of Joe Herber, who played for Beilein at West Virginia. Although Herber has been hampered the past two seasons by knee injuries.

  • JBlair52

    In my opinion, JB's recruiting isnt where we'd like to see it as a final result BUT considering the situations – I'm glad to feel like he's at least improved in each of his classes.

  • Brick93

    All I want to know is where Cole Aldrich gets his shoes. I'd be 6' 3.5″!

    Saw some of the combine today and Manny doesn't have NBA three point range. The talk from the commentators was that his decision making was the thing scouts are worried about most. It doesn't seem like he has a shot at the first round and the early second would be quite a stretch.

  • ZRL

    Manny DEFINITELY has NBA 3 point range. In fact, he will be ~ a 32% 3 point shooter right off the bat. How do I know this? 90% of the 3's he shot while at Michigan were fadeaway NBA 3's with a hand in his face (and he seemed to be better at those). Most scouts have only seen his stats and his form and haven't watched every Michigan game, so they probably do not realize this. I think his bigger problems at the next level are ball handling and decision making.

  • ZRL

    Manny DEFINITELY has NBA 3 point range. In fact, he will be ~ a 32% 3 point shooter right off the bat. How do I know this? 90% of the 3's he shot while at Michigan were fadeaway NBA 3's with a hand in his face (and he seemed to be better at those). Most scouts have only seen his stats and his form and haven't watched every Michigan game, so they probably do not realize this. I think his bigger problems at the next level are ball handling and decision making.

  • ZRL

    Haha yeah that's my point is that he is terrible shooting when he is open, therefore scouts probably think he has a terrible shot. I swear he only makes 3's when he has a hand in his face!

  • Brick93

    My comment was based on the fact that he couldn't hit an NBA three pointer at the combine in the shooting drills. His mid range shots were OK but he looked horrible from NBA three.

  • ZRL

    Haha yeah that's my point is that he is terrible shooting when he is open, therefore scouts probably think he has a terrible shot. I swear he only makes 3's when he has a hand in his face!