The journey is just beginning for these talented players
The NBA draft has came and went and unfortunately for NYC hoops fans, there wasn’t one player from the Mecca of basketball called to grace the stage. The future is looking bright for the basketball scene in the city though, as a number of hoopers look to have pro potential. As far as those who weren’t called this year though? Here are the top 5 undrafteds from the NY/NJ area:
Smith averaged a smooth 13 points, four dimes and 3 boards over the course of his senior year but his best attribute is in the win column. The Dayton Flyers had been in a five year tournament drought before the Bronx guard stepped foot on campus. Afterwards however? The Flyers made the tournament each of Smith’s four years. The kid is a born winner and leader, look out for him with the Celtics in the Summer league.
The 6’8, 235 pound man child was a load in the post during his two year stint at Iona and was a huge part of the teams success and NCAA tournament berth this year. In fact, during their first round matchup with Oregon, Washington often looked like the best player on the floor, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Expect him to continue his dominance on a pro level.
Robinson is one of the most accomplished players in Monmouth history, a fearless scorer who truly embodies the phrase “Heart over height”. Let’s take this in for a second: 3X First Team All MAAC, 2X MAAC Player of the year, 2X honorable mention All American, Mid Major Player of the year, over 2,000 career points and the list goes ON. He may have stepped into Monmouth being slept on, but he’s left his mark. He hopes to leave a similar mark with the Miami Heat this summer league.
Martin has an extreme amount of pro potential due to his defensive abilities around the rim, his quick, springy, athleticism and his strengths at rebounding and running the floor. His posterizations have reached SportsCenter several times and if he gets the ball in the short corner, it’s good night. A few injuries may have slowed his career down at Rhode Island but the 6-8 power forward still managed to snag two A-10 Defensive Player of the year awards and statistically goes down as the single most efficient player in school history. He’ll be playing with Orlando this Summer League.
Those who say Briscoe underwhelmed during his short career at Kentucky can only speak in comparison to other U.K. guards over the years such as John Wall, Tyler Ulis, Brandon Knight etc. Briscoe didn’t have those type of careers, but he still was a star in his own right. Despite having to play off the ball to share the spotlight with Ulis and eventually De’aaron Fox, Briscoe still managed to put up 12, 5 and 4 on a loaded squad. He was the unquestioned leader on the team and took on a defensive role as well, often picking up the ball full court. The kid is Jersey tough, and he’ll remain on the East Coast this Summer League, bringing his talents to the 76ers squad.