The Wizards have gone international selected Jan Vasely with #6 pick of the NBA Draft. Usually when you win or are excited, you kiss the baby, but not Jan, he kissed his girlfriend (who is tall as hell) and the crowd went nuts. Vesely is a 6`11 240lbs small forward who can play the 4 (power forward) will come right in and see significant playing time if he can listen to coach Flip Saunders.
Check out this in depth scouting report by Dave Locke (@LockedOnSports), who is the radio voice of the Utah Jazz. He did a wonderful job of breaking him down to the T. This is a must read.
"When he gets going he plays with passion. He plays fearlessly. I was left with the impression he wanted to be the man. He made the biggest impression when the game was in the 4th quarter and tight.
Athletically he wows you with above the rim slams and his length. Not sure about his pure speed or his laterally movement. It really depends if he is a 3 or a 4 and that is not clear," wrote Dave Locke of the Utah Jazz.
I've said it once and I'll say it agian, the Wizards need passion from the big men. Not only do they need passion but they must bring a presence or swag that will make the other teams think twice before going in. It's great to know that he will be in the front court with McGee. McGee is growing to be a good player and his strength as we all know is his defense (mainly for his blocking). Vesely does not have a great post presence but can learn. The Wizards are in a rebuilt mode so no average smart Wizards fan should not expect a championship but they should expect growing pains. Vesely being here, he will learn the game slowly and I expect him to make an impact.
Vesely who is known for his length, was the tallest player in the green room. He talked about his game after being picked, "I think my game it's a realy fast game. I like a lot of fast breaks, and I thik I can work on that.
With the 18th pick, the Wizards got a steal in Chris Singleton, a small forward from Florida St. He is known for his defensive game. He even knows that he needs to work on his shot and his dribbling but I couldn't help but be excited for the Wizards as they finally get help on the perimeter. Singleton, was coached by Leonard Hamilton who was a Washington Wizards coach for a year, 2000-2001.
"He knows a lot of things about me, he knows I have a high basketball IQ."
Singleton went onto say how he will mark down the teams that passed him. "I'm marking it, this day is marked."
He was very humble and after talking to him, he looked like he was shocked of the whole process as he was the last person to get out of the green room. It wasn't an Aaron Rodgers type of wait but hopefully he can be successful as Rodgers in the game of basketball.
I asked Chris if he would consider himself a hustler type of player and his response was simply, "absolutely."
Here is the interview he gave us:
With the 34th pick, the Wizards selected Shelvin Mack. The experienced college star was a star for Butler that took that team to the Final 4. He has experience with playing point guard and can shoot from long range. The Wizards did really well here in the 2nd round. Mack who's 6`3, has good size to play the point guard position and can play defense. Yes, defense, it's that word again.
The Wizards did a wonderful job tonight, I think most people could agree that they had a good draft overall. Most people are not liking the Jan Vesely pick but I think at the spot they were and for the talent they got, they couldn't go wrong with that. Jan is not Pecherov, Vermeenko, or Kevin Seraphin. Jan is a completely different player. He may be one of the worst free throw shooters at 44% but that can be worked on. With Jan, Chris Singleton, and Shelvin Mack in the 2nd round, I will say that the Wizards have done a wonderful job and If I were to grade them, I would give the Wizards a B plus.