"Randolph could use another year"

Wallace Prather, the Atlanta Celtics GM and former AAU coach for Randolph Morris, spent some time with KSR Friday night to give his thoughts on Morris and the NBA draft.

The Atlanta Celtics GM, and former AAU coach for Kentucky center Randolph Morris, chose his words carefully, but could not hide the concern in his voice. "No, I haven't spoken to him," Wallace Prather said when asked about recent contact with Morris. "I haven't heard from him at all."

Prather, who coached first round NBA draft picks Dwight Howard and Josh Smith on last year's Celtics team with Morris, saw Morris in a slightly different light. "Randolph could use another year (in college)," Prather explained. "I was very surprised that he came out. But I was even more surprised that he's not talking with Coach Smith."

Although Prather would not indicate if declaring this early for the NBA draft was a mistake by Morris, in addition to explaining that he could use another year in college, he also wasn't sure of his draft status. Last year Prather declared Josh Smith "the future of the NBA," with "more upside" than anyone in the draft. He's not so sure about Morris. "I don't have any idea," Prather replied when asked if he thought Morris would be drafted in the first round. "I don't have any idea at all."

Prather and his Atlanta Celtics team were scheduled to compete in the "Challenge in the South" tournament, traditionally held at Coleman Coliseum, home of the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Due to renovations being made to Coleman, the tournament was moved to Pelham High School in Pelham, but neither the Celtics nor Coach Prather made the trip today, but Prather graciously made time to speak with KSR.

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