Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — John Wall and Evan Turner are on the top of most people’s Draft boards.
The Hang Time Podcast crew is no different. We’re working hard on our Draft board right now as Thursday night’s NBA Draft gets closer.
That’s why we invited Ryan Blake, the NBA’s Director of Scouting, and former Kentucky and NBA star Tony Delk, now an assistant at UK, to join on us on Episode 14 of the Hang Time Podcast.
Blake is the son of legendary NBA scouting director Marty Blake and has been immersed in the family business for years. And we won’t even hold that whole “Darko Milicic is headed for the Hall of Fame” thing against him here, because we all make mistakes in the Draft game.
Delk worked this past season as an assistant coach on John Calipari‘s staff and worked closely with all five of the Wildcats’ draft prospect, led by Wall (above), DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton. Delk shared his insights on Wall and Cousins and also suggested that one of the others could be the real surprise of this Draft.
Here’s a cheat sheet:
0:00- Intro, Finals recap, Gasol’s new legacy, Artest’s positive perception
18:40– Ryan Blake, NBA Director of Scouting
-This year’s Draft talent
-Previous Draft picks who didn’t pan out
-Is there a de-emphasis on high school and foreign prospects?
-Draft based on need vs. want
-Sleepers in Draft
41:28– Tony Delk, former Kentucky and NBA player, current assistant coach at Kentucky
-DeMarcus Cousins insight
-Patrick Patterson’s strengths and weaknesses
-John Wall’s high expectations (check out this link John Wall Dance to watch the infamous “dance”)
-Transitioning from NBA to college coach
-Favorite Draft pick from Kentucky
54:47– Kentucky’s 2009-10 team “Fab Five” and thoughts on how their Draft prospects will do
57:34– Wrap up