Monday, May 13, 2013
3-point shot: C.J. McCollum draws interest
By Andy Katz
1. The NBA added three more names to its 60-plus roster for this week's draft combine Thursday and Friday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ESPNU and 2 to 3 p.m. on ESPN2 each day). But Florida State's Michael Snaer was not one of them. Why? According to the NBA, the players who are on the invite list receive the most votes from the 30 teams during a survey. The additions come from the same teams who can still vote to add players or replace injured players. Marquette's Vander Blue, Iowa State's Will Clyburn and Tennessee State's Robert Covington all received new invitations late last week. Snaer did not. Snaer was the best late-game shot maker in college basketball the previous two years, beating Duke, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Virginia on last possession shots. Snaer may not have the overall game to convince NBA personnel he's worthy of a higher-profile look. But Snaer has proven that he won't back down from a challenge. He's exactly the type of player who will probably get to the league through a non-traditional path. But he's also the player who will likely find a way.
2. The National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Ethics Committee, made up of coaches, discussed the transfer rules at length last week. The committee discussed a sixth year as a solution for fifth-year seniors who graduate and want to play immediately. One coach said that would mean a two-year commitment (and two years of a scholarship) for a player to compete for one season. Would coaches do that? Would they invest two seasons and two years of a scholarship for one player for one year? The answer is probably not, just as has been the case for the free agency of the fifth-year player. Graduating and being eligible to transfer immediately is critical for even the one-year players. It doesn't happen if that doesn't occur. That's why projecting where players are landing if they announce they're transferring can be unpredictable. Marshall's DeAndre Kane is a good example. Marshall coach Tom Herrion essentially dismissed Kane by saying he needed to look elsewhere. Kane visited Pitt over the weekend, but no decision has been made. Before anything can be done, Kane has to graduate and ensure he's eligible to transfer and seek a waiver to play immediately.
3. NBA decision makers, much like athletic directors and coaches, look for what's trending. Steph Curry is the latest hot player. And according to a few decision makers heading to Chicago this week, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum may be the beneficiary of Curry's playoff prowess. McCollum excelled at a lower level, carried his team to the NCAA tournament and a major upset. He can make shots and has proven himself against higher-level competition. If McCollum can show he's healthy after being out since January with a broken foot then he has a chance to be a trending player during the draft.