Saturday, June 11, 2005
Wafer's NBA prospects uncertain
By Andy Katz
CHICAGO -- Florida State sophomore wing Von Wafer will stay in the NBA draft and not return to the Seminoles after signing with an agent.
A representative of agent Henry Thomas said that Wafer had signed with the agency. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said that he had expected that to occur. He said he didn't anticipate Wafer returning to school. Wafer worked out in Chicago but wasn't a part of any NBA-sponsored event.
"I've always known Von's desire to play in the league, and I always knew he would likely stay in the draft," Hamilton said by phone from Tallahassee. "He's capable of making it."
The NBA might not concur. Wafer wasn't invited to the Chicago pre-draft camp. He did at least make the NBA draft media guide, unlike a number of other draft hopefuls such as Alabama's Jermareo Davidson.
Wafer led the Seminoles with 12.5 points and made 65 3-point shots in the ACC, good for 10th best. These numbers don't necessarily scream first round and might not indicate second round, either.
Florida State finished last in the ACC at 4-12, 12-19 overall.
Hamilton had an indication that Wafer would leave. The coach signed Jerel Allen to replace Wafer on the roster, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, a move that would put the Seminoles out of scholarships for next season.
"I have no fault with what Von is doing and that he'll be in the NBA next season," Hamilton said.
When asked if this hurts the Seminoles, Hamilton said, "Did you see who we signed? We'll be fine."
The Seminoles landed 6-feet-8 Uche Echefu away from North Carolina, 6-8 Casaan Breeden and 6-7 power forward Ryan Reid, all four-star players on scout.com. The Seminoles' top returning scorer now will be sophomore forward Al Thornton (9.1 ppg).
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.