TrueHoop: James Mays

Deer in the Headlights

November, 10, 2008
11/10/08
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Posted by Kevin Arnovitz

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants -- known best for what J.E. Skeets has termed its diabolical mascot -- took four-year Virginia Tech power forward Coleman Collins.  Scouts like his defense and his face-up game, but Collins may have to work on his...drive:

Moments after being told he had been selected by the Mad Ants as the No. 6 pick in the first round of the NBA D-League draft, Collins, while driving about an hour outside of Washington, D.C., hit a deer."

"I'd say it was more of it hit me, he said in a telephone interview. "The deer sprinted from the right side of the highway and hit my front right headlight, and I've got a flat.

The 22-year-old 6-foot-9 power forward who played four years at Virginia Tech said he is fine, but that his car was "a little messed up.

The irrepressible D-League mavens at Ridiculous Upside have plenty of good stuff on Friday night's draft.  The Tulsa 66ers took Florida big man Chris Richard with the #1 pick.  Richard had a cup of coffee with the Timberwolves last season and also spent time with the D-League's Sioux City.  

James Mays went second.  In ACC play, Mays showed himself to be an agile, active big man with a pretty good handle.  He's unpolished, but with some refinement, could potentially find himself on an NBA roster. 

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