mid-post wrote:YogiStewart wrote:again, as Joe Fan, you are limited to what people know behind the scene. you really are. there are so many layers to the media, sources, athletes, etc. what you hear is usually what someone WANTS you to hear. you aren't going to hear the real dirt and rumours. so if someone like Givony - who has his finger on the pulse of NCAA and European ball like few do - says there are red flags, then he knows something legitimate.
Um, no. I live about 25 minutes from where Drummond grew up. Rumors spread like wildfire in a relatively small community, and there wasn't ever a peep about this kid. I know people from his middle school and first high school teams, and I'm friends with the brother of one of the guys he played aau with. All you ever heard was that Andre was a cool, fun loving kid who had skills that needed to be worked on, but that he was basically going to be a beast. He's been under a microscope for like 6 years now and the UConn press contingent is merciless in their coverage because UConn basically is Connecticut's professional team.don't follow Givony. he has more hits than misses and, while he may occasionally be wrong, he's usually bang on. go look at his predicted draft board year in and year out. he's never far off.
I won't. Big deal, he does a decent job of predicting the order in which people will be drafted. A lot of people on RealGM do that year in year out. That's not important, what's important is making a proper assessment of a player, how they'll project and how they'll fit with the squad that's supposed to draft them. If you think Draftexpress is impressive in that regard then I feel sorry for you. All he did was build a pulpit that allows him to seem more prominent in the basketball world than he probably should be.
And Givony is definitely responsible for advancing the idea that Drummond doesn't have enough of a passion for basketball, he did it with the Herb Pope thing (check out the tweets on the left http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Her ... s/leaders/) and he did it in the predraft interviews.
Then I'll ask you this - what did you hear about Lamb or from Kemba Walker? I don't disagree with you but there were storries about both of them and I am curious if you heard anything.