Terry Rozier: Biggest Winner at NBA Draft Combine?

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com
Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The NBA Draft Combine was held over the last few days in Chicago, and Terry Rozier seems to have helped himself a lot with his draft stock. Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com made a list of three players that helped themselves and three people that hurt themselves.

I don’t think he put it in any particular order, but he did list Terry Rozier first. Here is what he had to say.

Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Louisville: Rozier may have been the biggest winner this week, performing well in all facets of the process. His decision to play in the 5-on-5 portion paid off immensely, as Rozier was possibly the best player out there and he particularly showed some improvements in perceived weaknesses of his game. He got into the lane at will in Friday’s game against Joe Young, and found open spot-up shooters in a way that he often did not at Louisville. He also showed an improving jump shot, and general defensive energy that will go a long way toward his carving out a niche in the NBA. Put his excellent play in the 5-on-5 in conjunction with his strong athletic testing numbers, solid measurements and good interviews, and this was basically a home run combine for Rozier. Maybe his confidence and success will convince others to participate in the 5-on-5 in the future.

For what it’s worth, there were also a couple of in-state players that made the list. Well, the other list…

Three Down

Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky: Tough week for Johnson. He showed up a bit out of shape with 15 percent body fat, then admitted to the Courier-Journal that he took some time off after the season. Then, he put up a 25-inch vertical leap, which is one of the lowest scores in the last 15 years, a scary proposition for a guy that doesn’t particularly play above the rim to begin with. Plus, despite being considered a second-round pick by most teams, he didn’t play in the 5-on-5 portion to try to help himself, leaving his standing here only with the weak scores. Not his best week. He’ll still get drafted, but it might be more toward the middle of the second round now.

Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky: For as much as the increased spacing of the NBA 3-point line seemed to give Andrew the little cracks and daylight that he needed to be successful here, Aaron struggled quite a bit. He measured out okay for a shooting guard at 6-6 with a 6-8 wingspan, but struggled in the games. If there’s one thing that he needs to prove to scouts, it’s that he can shoot. Despite his reputation for clutch heroics, the numbers simply don’t back up his ability to make shots consistently. And in that regard, the jury is still out. He went 5-21 from the field — including 1-7 from 3 — in his two days, pressing the action often and never really looking settled. It’s going to be incumbent upon him to prove to scouts in workouts that he can make shots, otherwise there’s a significant chance that he could go undrafted.

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