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April 4, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with Chad Ford

Chad Ford
  (1:33 PM)

Aloha everyone. Thanks for coming to the chat today. We have just 30 minutes, but will try to get in as many NBA Draft questions as I can. Let's roll.

Jon (Big Blue Nation)

With all our players leaving for the NBA, is Coach Cal going to get drafted too?

Chad Ford
  (1:35 PM)

There will be plenty of interest, but he's telling folks he's staying in Kentucky. We'll see. He's in a tough recruiting battle right now for the two top players in the class -- Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad -- and it clearly doesn't help him if these rumors about him bolting for the NBA persist.

Aaron (Seattle)

Where does Tony Wroten end up being taken?

Chad Ford
  (1:36 PM)

Wish I could answer that. He's a top 5 talent. Reminds a lot of scouts of a young Gary Payton. But his jump shot is completely broken right now, he has the tendency to play out of control and there are serious questions about his leadership abilities. If he matures, he could be the steal of the draft wherever he's taken. We have him projected as a mid to late first round pick right now. But if he does well in workouts and interviews, I still think he could be the first PG off the board.

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

Sullinger from OSU - Am I wrong to think he'll be a bust? He can't score on big/athletic defenders

Chad Ford
  (1:38 PM)

I think it's too early to tell. He was the best low post scorer in college basketball, has a great basketball IQ, has the strength to get position in the post, has amazing hands, is a great rebounder and is pretty advanced from a skills perspective. He lacks size, explosiveness or quickness and as you point out, he struggled against length at the college level. I think it really depends on how willing he is to work on his body and his game. Some scouts love the potential, including my boy David Thorpe. Others see Glen Davis.

anton (Mi)

Chad,There are multiple reports that Trey Burke is going pro. Will he even be drafted? Has a 5'11" PG ever gone pro after his first year?

Chad Ford
  (1:39 PM)

A possible second round pick. Hope he stays in school. An even weaker PG class next year.

JT the Brick (Indianapolis)

Katz ranked the Hoosiers #1 under the assumption Zeller and Watford come back. Will they?

Chad Ford
  (1:40 PM)

Hearing Zeller is coming back. Watford is exploring declaring, but I think he'll be disappointed in the feedback. I'm not sure that I'd rank them No. 1 ... but they have a great incoming freshman class. They'll be very, very tough.

Sean (510)

I see a lot of Boris Diaw in Royce White's game. Am I wrong?

Chad Ford
  (1:40 PM)

It's a solid comparison if people can remember Boris before the beer belly.

Anthony (Houston)

What are Scout saying about Terrence Jones?

Chad Ford
  (1:41 PM)

LOVE the talent. He's a pretty unique player. Can do a lot of things. Question the motor and attitude. He was better this year and that's helping his stock right now. I think he ends up going mid to late lottery.

Chris (Kentucky)

Do you think Darius miller will be joking the other cats as a first round pick or will he be a second round pick?

Chad Ford
  (1:43 PM)

I keep reading from my Tweeps that others are projecting Miller as a first round talent? I have yet to talk to a high ranking scout or GM who has him anywhere near that. I think some teams would consider him in the second round. Miller was a huge glue guy for UK and is an excellent shooter and I get the sentiment that he should be rewarded. But he's also 22 already this year and the upside is very limited.

John (MI)

What do you think of teams "tanking" in order to get a better pick?

Chad Ford
  (1:45 PM)

Why not? The rules allow it and it's easier to rebuild the higher you go in the draft. I don't judge on this. If a GM feels like winning meaningless games is the most important thing this time of year to set a certain culture ... I get it. If he feels he needs to add more talent and tanking is the best way to do it, I get that too.

Peter (Seattle)

Terrence Ross has incredible althetic ability and is a pretty good shooter too. How do his pro prospects look?

Chad Ford
  (1:46 PM)

REally like him. Late lottery to mid first round pick. Might be the second best two guard prospect after Bradley Beal (Jeremy Lamb & Austin Rivers are in that group as well).

Kyle (Cleveland, OH)

In his chat, D. Thorpe believed that "motor", or the lack of was easily fixed (specifically Drummond, Barnes, and P. Jones). However, I remember you feeling differently in a recent chat. That it was very tough to fix. Any idea on why he might say otherwise?

Chad Ford
  (1:48 PM)

David would know better. He's a motivational coach that has worked some miracles over the years. I just struggle to think of a lot of examples of high level talent with low motors that suddenly started playing aggressively at the NBA level. I'm not saying it's impossible, but if it's easy to fix ... Drummond, Barnes, Perry Jones, and Sullinger should all go much higher than we currently have them ranked.

Marty (Ohio)

Is Michael Kidd-Glichrist REALLY the # 2 guy on your big board? What's his upside? Shane Battier? Downside is Corey Brewer? If he's the second best guy then this is a really weak draft.

Chad Ford
  (1:50 PM)

Yes he really is. He's a better athlete than Battier which should help his game. And yes, I think this draft isn't nearly as strong as people are leading you to believe. I've been saying this for months now. There's a pretty big drop off after Anthony Davis. You either go production (MKG, TRob, Sullinger) with limited upside or you go upside (Drummond, Perry Jones) with limited production.

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

Which potential suitor is best for ADavis?

Chad Ford
  (1:51 PM)

Bobcats desperately need a superstar talent and I think he'd be great there. I also love his fit on the Pistons. I think he'd immediately turn them into a playoff team and eventual contender.

Greg (Chicago)

At the moment, what type of role do GMs project Harrison Barnes having in the league? Are there any still hanging on to the idea he'll be a star at the next-level, or has his one-dimensionality and tournament struggles finally overcome the wave of hype he was riding coming out of high school?

Chad Ford
  (1:53 PM)

Once you form an early opinion of a player, it's hard to let go of that. Everyone (including me) loved Barnes so much in high school that we are always looking for the greatness and hanging on the glimpses of it. While I've personally started to come to grips with the fact that it's more likely he's a solid scoring wing, others still see greatness there. I've had some GMs tell me they'd still take him No. 2. Others have him much lower. I could say that about a lot of guys in this draft however.

Joe (DC)

Say the Wiz get the #2, who do they take MKG or Beal? I feel like MKG's attitude and work ethic is exactly what that organization needs.

Chad Ford
  (1:54 PM)

Agreed. But Beal's a great kid too and right now he's a much better offensive player. Not sure who I'd take. That would be a tough one. Both great fits.

Matt (DC)

Between Robinson, Sullinger, and Perry Jones, who has the highest ceiling?

Chad Ford
  (1:54 PM)

Jones by a mile. But he also comes with the most risk.

CBLL (Germany)

With Marshall, Lillard and Wroten in the draft, will the Jazz draft one of them? Who would be the best fit?

Chad Ford
  (1:56 PM)

Probably Lillard. If the Jazz think he can run the pick and roll, he's the best compromise. Wroten has more size/athleticism and sizzle. Marshall is the best pure point guard and passer of the group. Lillard is a bit of a compromise between the two -- and the kid can really, really score.

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

Why isn't Brad Beal's choke/travel that blew the L'ville game impacting his draft status more?

Chad Ford
  (1:57 PM)

No. One game. One play. He was playing very well in the tournament. We've had him in our Top 5-6 all year. He's going that high. Could go No. 2 overall.

Troy (Mobile, AL)

Renardo Sidney - does he get drafted at all?

Chad Ford
  (1:57 PM)

Doubt it.

Marchello (Alabama)

What are you hearing about Marquis Teague? Will he stay? Do NBA scouts like him?

Chad Ford
  (1:58 PM)

Wish he'd stay. He's playing so much better but there is still a lot of room for improvement. If he declares now, he goes mid to late first round to a really good team and has limited playing time to hone his PG game. Another year at Kentucky and he should be a lottery pick.

John (Toronto)

Chad, do scouts even WATCH games? Terrence Jones hasnt had "motor" issues all season. Plays hard and does the dirty work.

Chad Ford
  (2:01 PM)

Ummmm ... yes he does. He can completely disappear for huge stretches of games. When he shows up, he wows us. But remember the first Indiana game? The game at home versus Florida. He can disappear.

Steve (LA)

You mention Perry Jones has higher ceiling than Sullinger by a mile? Upside isn't all about athleticism and length. Sullinger has was more upside as a scorer than Jones ever does. Cody Zeller does as well. Hasn't Kevin Love taught us that upside doesn't have to be purely on physical talent?

Chad Ford
  (2:03 PM)

I disagree. Perry Jones is SKILLED. He can do everything. His game isn't just about athleticism. The question is whether he will assert himself, whether he gets in the right situation for his skill set, whether he keeps working on his game. On physical talent + basketball skills ... Jones is the second best player in the draft. But when you watch him play, you just question how much he wants it. That's why so many are frustrated with him.

Chad Ford
  (2:03 PM)

Gotta run everyone. Sorry for the short chat this week. We had some tech issues. Will do it again next week, at 1 p.m. ET.