Hoops Report - Will Conroy

Dawgman.com was at the Emerald City All-Star game at Franklin High School this past weekend, featuring the best of current and former hoopsters from Seattle. Recent Washington graduate Will Conroy participated in the nightcap game of the evening.

Will had just returned from the NBA's pre-draft camp workouts in Chicago. Dawgman.com took an opportunity to catch up with Conroy and ask him how his hopeful transition to the NBA was going.

Conroy was very optimistic of his overall play in the workouts. "Overall, it was beneficiary to me and Tre. I think we came in and turned a lot of heads. It was a plus," said the 6-2 point guard.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the workouts was for Conroy to establish himself as a primary scoring threat. While at Washington, scoring points was secondary for Will. His role was all about getting the rest of his team involved, and that always superseded boosting his own stats.

However, Conroy did not indicate he had any problems transitioning into a scorer. "I went back to old Will for a second to show them I can still score 20, 17, 18 points in a game," he said.

In addition to his time in the Windy City, Conroy has had some successful individual workouts with NBA teams. He showed his stuff for both Sacramento and Seattle and seemed enthusiastic about possibly playing in front of his hometown team - the Seattle Sonics.

"It was a great experience. They're definitely taking a look at me, as this is my second workout with them," said Conroy.

Perhaps because Conroy's play emulates that of Sonics' Head Coach Nate McMillan, their front office might be more likely in taking Conroy with a second round selection. When asked if anybody made comparisons in his play to that of McMillan's, Conroy replied, "No, but I think Nate saw a little bit of me in himself. He knows I don't like when people score on me and I look at defense as an equal to offense."

Now that the NBA draft is less than two weeks away, all Conroy can do is wait out these tense days leading up to what he hopes will be a dream come true. "I'll just be working out, trying to heal my leg a little bit, and waiting for the call from my agent for more workouts," he said.

In referring to his phone as a "revolving ring", it seems evident that many teams are expressing an interest in the former Garfield High and Washington product. Now comes that agonizing wait.

Conroy has overcome long odds every step of the way, going from a freshman turn-over machine to a senior-savvy leader that can't be outworked. No one in Seattle would be too surprised to see him on an NBA roster sometime very soon.

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