Bret Bearup didn't really see anything unexpected from Randolph Morris when he watched him work out two days with players from Georgia Tech, Charlotte and Clemson recently in Atlanta.
"It was about what I expected," said Bearup, the former Kentucky player who
now is president of Pro Trust, a financial management firm that includes many
high profile clients. "The good thing is his size. He's 6-10 and weighs 250 or
so. He's big and strong. He's good offensively. He can score."
That's the plus side every NBA team sees when it looks at Morris. But what
about the downside? What negatives will NBA teams see?
"The thing that will cost him spots in the draft, in my opinion, is that he
doesn't run that well and he doesn't rebound," Bearup said.
Bearup said he's not sure if Morris "can't or won't" run hard all the time.
But he has major concerns about Morris' lack of consistent rebounding during
his first year at Kentucky.
"He doesn't rebound well in traffic. He doesn't block, or alter, shots. You
want those things in your low post guy," Bearup said. "I think some of those
things can be rectified in terms of playing harder. Playing hard can be
learned to a certain extent, but on the other hand you seldom see guys that
are mediocre rebounders in college become great rebounders in the NBA.
"Rebounding is the one thing that usually translates well from college to the
NBA. If you can rebound well in college, you can rebound in the NBA. But
Morris is a mediocre to poor rebounder given his size. That's a big concern
when it comes to the NBA."
Still, despite his concerns, Bearup still thinks there's an excellent chance
some NBA team will use a first-round pick on Morris in late June.
"I think somebody will take him in the first round because he is big and
strong and has good offensive skills," Bearup said. "Those are skills you
don't see in a lot of guys his size. There will be teams enamored with those
offensive skills and all it takes is for one team to really believe in you and
you get picked in the first round."
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