Dallas Colleges: Willie Warren

OU draft prospects are a puzzling trio

June, 23, 2010
Has there been a stranger trio of NBA draft prospects to come off one dysfunctional team as Oklahoma's Willie Warren, Keith "Tiny" Gallon and 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.

Big 12 early entries remain in NBA draft

May, 9, 2010
None of the nine Big 12 underclassmen who declared early for the NBA draft withdrew before Saturday's deadline to retain their college eligibility.

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.

N. Crowley's Warren done for year at OU

March, 2, 2010
Oklahoma guard Willie Warren, who led North Crowley to the Class 5A state championship in 2008, needs arthroscopic surgery on his injured right ankle and won't play again this season.

Warren is the leading scorer for the Sooners, who have lost their last seven games. Warren has missed the last four games, and he missed two in January when he first suffered the injury.

It has to be considered a disappointing sophomore season for Warren, who was touted as a potential lottery pick after being named Big 12 freshman of the year in 2009. But he chose to stay at Oklahoma, inheriting the role of the team's top gun from 2009 national player of the year Blake Griffin.

OU's Warren, OSU's Penn sidelined

February, 13, 2010

Health problems have sidelined a couple of key players north of the Red River.

Oklahoma leading scorer Willie Warren, the former North Crowley star, is out indefinitely with mononucleosis.

Oklahoma State, meanwhile, won't see point guard Ray Penn on the court again this season as he recovers from a stress reaction in his knee.

If Saturday's result is any indication, Warren's loss hurts his team more.