VAUGHT: Bob Hill feels Woo has a shot at the NBA

Randolph Morris might hear his name called during the first round of Tuesday's NBA Draft. Lukasz Obrzut, another center at Kentucky, didn't have the same option. He might have been able to find a team in Europe that would have given him a chance, but he's played so little at Kentucky that he still has even more to prove than Morris does.

Randolph Morris might hear his name called during the first round of Tuesday's NBA Draft. That's what Morris is counting on and what he expected would happen when he made the somewhat controversial and surprising decision to leave Kentucky after just one season and join the play-for-pay league.

Lukasz Obrzut, another center at Kentucky, didn't have the same option. He might have been able to find a team in Europe that would have given him a chance, but he's played so little at Kentucky that he still has even more to prove than Morris does.

However, in two years could it be possible that Obrzut will turn out to be a better professional player than Morris, a high school All-American who almost skipped college to go to the NBA?

Bob Hill, a former NBA and college basketball coach, is an advisor to Obrzut, who was going to play for him at Fordham until Hill lost his job. When that happened, Hill recommended Obrzut to UK coach Tubby Smith. While Hill won't guarantee that two more years at Kentucky will do more to help Obrzut's game than what likely sitting a NBA bench will do for Morris, he won't rule out that possibility, either.

"In my opinion, Randolph would have really benefited from staying in school at least another year," Hill said Sunday. "In two years, Lukasz will be a lot more prepared to play night in, night out in the NBA, which is a lot different from college basketball. Staying at Kentucky and learning and playing is really going to help Lukasz and he could easily be more prepared for life in the NBA than what Randolph will is now and may still be in two years.

"Everybody wants instant gratification. We all want it, but that's not always the best for everybody. It works out for a lot of people, but it doesn't work out for a lot, too. The best guy in the NBA right now is a guy (Tim Duncan) who stayed all four years at Wake Forest.

"There is a lot of your life still to live after you graduate from college and a lot still left when you finish playing pro basketball. I tell Lukasz that all the time. You better be prepared from the start because the NBA life won't last long. Lukasz is going to have a chance to play, improve his skills and just get better adjusted to the American game. He's got a great chance to eventually make the NBA and what he's going to learn the next two years to make his game better is really going to enhance his chances of making that dream come true."


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