The New Orleans Hornets have first dibs on All-World Mike Scott at Thursday night's NBA Draft.
With the 2012 NBA draft just days away, anticipation among UVA fans to follow the first true Wahoo draft prospect since Sean Singletary is at a fever pitch. We here at Streaking the Lawn already know and love Mike Scott (if you don't, just signal yourself by clicking the red X in the top corner of your browser). But now, it seems like the rest of the pro sports world is suddenly catching on too. Here is the latest Mike Scott buzz around the internet:
SlamOnline discusses Scott's 3-point barrage in draft workouts. There are no cuts in that video...Scott connected on 42 out of 50 3-pointers. (84% isn't bad for a college power forward...)
Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick puts big Mike atop his list of "Underrated Draft Prospects"
In terms of mock drafts, NBADraft.net pegs him going #40 to Portland; Draft Express has slowly but surely bumped his stock up, and now sees him going to New Orleans at #46. If you could get behind the ESPN paywall, you'll see Chad Ford projecting him going 38th to Denver. Ford praises his recent workouts, in which Scott outplayed superior prospects.
Mike talked about the factors that make him a good draft pick: "As a person, I think my maturity level, being professional," he told NBC29. "As a basketball player, you're going to get a hard worker, guy with a high motor, rebound, be able to hit open shots, so what you see is what you get. I'm not going to be able to sleep Wednesday night. I know I'm not going to be able to sleep. It's going to be nerve-racking, but hopefully they'll call my name."
The NBA Draft will begin at 7 PM Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and will be televised on ESPN. Mike Scott plans to be home in Chesapeake, VA, watching with family and close friends.