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WEEKEND PREVIEW: WALL E VS. WANTED

Top Undrafted Players

By 06.27.08
RobyRichard Roby

Guys looking for free agent deals and summer league tryouts…

Keith Brumbaugh, SF, Hillsborough CC — A big-time recruit coming out of high school, Brumbaugh got into trouble at Oklahoma State and has bounced around since then. He’s talented enough to get a look over the summer, but the character issues definitely hurt his cause.

Brian Butch, C, Wisconsin — Another guy who seemed like a future Lottery pick coming out of high school, Butch could land on an NBA roster someday, but has been racked by injuries throughout his career.

Jamar Butler, PG, Ohio State — The player with the most wins in OSU history was destined for an overseas career. Good college player, just not NBA material.

Pat Calathes, SF/PF, St. Joe’s — Cut from the Steve Novak/Raef LaFrentz/Matt Bonner cloth, Calathes is a 6-10 shooter who will have to blow somebody away in the summer leagues to get a training camp invite.

Jaycee Carroll, SG, Utah State — Another dead-eye shooter who will get buckets in another country.

Josh Duncan, PF, Xavier — One of the strongest players in the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp is a little stiff and not the greatest athlete, but is one of those guys who could eventually land on an NBA roster and carve out a niche as a screen-setter and rebounder.

Gary Forbes, SF, UMass — He killed it at the pre-draft camp and seemed like a lock to get taken in the second round. You’ll hear from him this summer.

Jamont Gordon, PG/SG, Mississippi State — A big point guard who can score, rebound, handle and pass (plus he’s a lefty), Gordon was probably the best player to not get drafted. Guess he should have gone back to MSU for his senior year.

Kyle Hines, PF, UNC-Greensboro — A 20-10 caliber workhorse in college, but undersized (6-6) for his position.

Davon Jefferson, SF, USC — At one point near the end of the college season, Jefferson was still projected as a first-round pick. The freshman made a big mistake coming out, but making money overseas isn’t the worst thing in the world, especially is USC’s program may face NCAA sanctions.

Marcelus Kemp, SG, Nevada — One of those guys who seemed like he was in college for 8 years. After Nick Fazekas left Nevada, everyone seemingly forgot about Kemp.

Chris Lofton, SG/PG, Tennessee — Someone who probably would have been picked had he gone pro earlier. Teams might have been willing to overlook his drop-off in production as a senior due to his cancer complications, but at the end of the day Lofton is still a 6-2 gunner who’s not much of a point guard.

Derrick Low, PG, Washington State — Teammate Kyle Weaver went in the 2nd round to Charlotte, but Low, the leader of the recently successful WSU squads, wasn’t even a thought on draft night.

Drew Neitzel, PG, Michigan State — The handful of Syracuse fans in the Dime office always liked to ask, “If Gerry McNamara can’t make it in the NBA, why would Neitzel?” Good point.

DeMarcus Nelson, SF/SG, Duke — We all knew DeMarcus hit his ceiling a couple of years ago. He might be a productive guy overseas, but don’t bet anything on him ever seeing NBA burn.

David Padgett, PF, Louisville — Even if he hadn’t dealt with injuries his entire college career, Padgett still would have had a hard time getting picked.

Charles Rhodes, PF, Mississippi State — Slightly undersized for his position and doesn’t have eye-popping skills.

Brian Roberts, SG, Dayton — Explosive college scorer destined to kill it overseas.

Richard Roby, SG, Colorado — Two years ago, Roby was a probably first-round pick when he pulled out of the draft at the last minute. What happened? Guarantee he gets a summer league shot with the Nuggets, though. Why? The Denver fans know him, and he’s Kenyon Martin’s half-brother.

Bryce Taylor, SG, Oregon — Solid player and good shooter with NBA bloodlines, but he’ll have to latch on with someone in training camp to get his shot.

Reggie Williams, SF/SG, VMI — One of the most productive scorers on the college level over the past couple of years, Reggie will put up big numbers in the minors or overseas and will get his 10-day eventually.


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