this may be of some local interest
Another Laker Blog, another Darius interview - here.
“A lot of people say that I can’t shoot, but I can!”
Chad Ford put out his final mock draft before the real deal and has Morris going to the Rockets with the 38th pick. Let's hope it doesn't play out that way. (ESPN Insider article)
The relevant info:
The Rockets would like to add some size in the backcourt and have been fans of Morris for a while. At No. 38, he's worth the risk. He has a lot of Andre Miller to his game.
Looks like a few Wolverines are up for some awards from the previous school year. It looks like we have a good chance to win in almost every category listed in this blog post, it would be a tremendous miscarriage of justice if Sullinger wins the breakout award over Denard.
I, for one, find it quite surprising that Mark Dantonio is placed in the "courageous" category alongside Brock Mealer and Jon Hoese.
....in his 5th tier of prospects and estimates that he will go between picks 21 and 35. This is an insider article where Chad Ford of ESPN ranks the NBA draft prospects into tiers based on their long term potential. This year he has zero players in Tier 1 (reserved for franchise players like Blake Griffen or Jon Wall).
Here's what he says about Tier 5:
Note: These players look like locks for the first round but most likely won't make the lottery. A few teams had Brooks, Harris, Markieff Morris and Vucevic in Tier 4 but not quite enough for them to make the cut; they were very close, though. Bertans, Honeycutt, Jackson, Mirotic and Darius Morris were borderline picks here. Every one of these players dropped out of the top 30 on at least one NBA team's draft board.
I still wish Morris had stayed another year given the likelihood of a lockout since he could have moved himself into a lottery pick next year. But at least he seems like he'll get the guaranteed first round spot he was hoping for and I wish him the best.
(edit - fixed some clunky wording)
Draft Express video (with missing audio in some spots) of Darius:
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EDIT: STWAP (Sorry, this was already posted. I just noticed it in mgo.licio.us.)
Chad Ford interview with Darius Morris at workout after declaring staying in the NBA Draft. Wish the kid well and hopefully he finds a way to squeak into the bottom of the 1st round.