With the jump shot and hitting the weights a bit harder, Aminu has the ability to be a star on both ends of the floor. Pair him with a slashing point guard that can create and he's deadly. I don't think the kid has a ceiling, it's more like a veranda with a retractable roof that you take down when it's hot outside and put up in the rain. It's like that, only more athletic.
In Oklahoma City, I went against Marquez Haynes, from Texas-Arlington; in Boston, I was there with Jordan Crawford from Xavier, JaJuan Johnson from Purdue, and they had some local kids from Northeastern there, too. Jordan and I flew to New Jersey together and I worked out with him there again, along with Eugene Harvey from Seton Hall. At the Knicks workout, the other point guard there was Bobby Maze from Tennessee. I kind of tweaked my left quad during a sprint early on in the Knicks workout, so we didn't even start the basketball stuff. It got cut short.
As for feedback, it was weird -- all of the teams told me the same thing: that I could go in the 20-40 range. Those were all teams who were looking for point guards and had picks in that range, so I trusted it. I was looking for a first-round guarantee in order to stay in, but no one could give me one, because it was so early in the process, and so much could change between May 8 and the draft.
If I had been working out for teams in June, when the draft isn't too far away, someone might have been able to give a guarantee at that point. In this setup, I had to go through four workouts in five days, which was grueling, and then make up my mind."
It's not to say I don't think Crawford could have improved his stock with another season under Chris Mack and with the Musketeers, but I'd be surprised if he doesn't wind up getting taken in the first round -- and maybe higher than people anticipate. He's a legit 6-foot-3 and can really score the ball -- in a variety of ways.
If I was his adviser, I'd tell him: You're a 10 to 20 guy this year; you could be a top-five guy next year, and you would be very close to NBA-ready at that point.
That said, I can't criticize the decision and won't criticize it. I get it.
"As far as what my agent has told me and teams I’ve spoken to personally, they all think I’m definitely a draft pick," said [Edwin] Ubiles, who spoke to the media at Monday’s annual Siena men’s basketball banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.
"Right now, (they say) around early second round," he added. "They said there’s still time to help myself, to improve and try to get an even better spot."
Daniel Orton, if you haven’t played against him, is solid. Many people, and by people I mean crowds who think they know basketball, but truly don’t, only look at his numbers this year and try to judge based off of that. Well after playing him, good for him for leaving. While I think next year he would kill for Callipari, he was solid against us.
[Marshall's Hassan Whiteside] probably should have stayed in school. He is a freak that has all the tools but is still learning how to use them efficiently. He is really raw, and will need time to develop into a really good NBA player. And there is no telling whether he will make it in the NBA or whether the league will eat him up if he goes in unprepared. Whiteside has a chance to be special, but by leaving now, he is taking a risk.
When it comes to selling yourself as a head coach at the college level, especially for a 32-year old in your first job, nothing is more important than being able to tell a recruit that you developed an NBA player. And that's going to be the perception once Williams gets picked somewhere late in the first round this June, which appears from all sources to be the most likely scenario.