Dallas Colleges: Tommy Mason-Griffin
Talk about all over the board.
First there's Warren, the Fort Worth native who entered last season as a top 5 draft prospect. But, poor play, poor attitude, poor chemistry, injuries (and an apparent bout of mononucleosis) doomed the 6-foot-4 sophomore point guard to slide and slide and slide down the draft board. After averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 assists in just 21 games, he's projected to either go late in the first round or even perhaps slip all the way into the second round. The thing about Warren, though, is if he gets his head on straight and puts forth full effort, he could be a steal the farther he drops.
Then there's the pair of freshmen in Gallon and Mason-Griffin. They were ballyhooed recruits that had Sooner Nation and coach Jeff Capel pretty pumped about the possibilities. Now, everyone is glad to see them go.
The 6-8, 320-pound Gallon hauled in 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds, but it was his other haul, an alleged $3,000 from a financial advisor, that apparently prompted Gallon to declare for the draft. He did so soon after reports surfaced. Gallon is a big man, but NBA scouts wonder if he has a position in the NBA. He doesn't have great leaping ability and has a penchant for drifting to the perimeter, not where a 320-pound man needs to be.
Gallon is projected to go really just about anywhere in the second round.
"I agree Gallon is a talent, but one year and some red flags, who's going to take a chance on that?" NBA director of scouting Ryan Blake said. "But, again, the guy has a lot of talent."
The same can be said for Mason-Griffin, who, at 5-11 and 170 pounds, has an odd shape for an NBA point guard. He surprised many by declaring for the draft and then stunned everyone when he signed with NFL agent Major Adams, agent and friend of the one and only Vince Young. Mason-Griffin and Young are both products of Houston's Madison High School.
Of course, Mason-Griffin is probably most known for his famous March 24 facebook announcement about turning pro: "On a mission. Its a official dat i am leavin skool and enterin draft. … i aint doin anotha yr."
Adams might be working the phones pretty hard once his client goes undrafted.
Here's the full list of early entries.
Of the Big 12 players, ESPN Insider Chad Ford projects two as lottery picks in his first mock draft: Kansas' Cole Aldrich (No. 6 to Philadelphia) and Baylor's Ekpe Udoh (No. 10 to Indiana).
Ford also projects Kansas' Xavier Henry (15th to Milwaukee), Oklahoma State's James Anderson (17th to Chicago), Texas' Avery Bradley (25th to Memphis) and Oklahoma's Willie Warren of North Crowley (29th to Orlando) as first-round selections.
The other Big 12 players on the list are Iowa State's Craig Brackins and a pair of Oklahoma Sooners, Tiny Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin.
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