Carlier Whitney has had 25 Zoom meetings with different NBA teams ahead of Wednesday’s draft
You won’t find his name on any mock draft boards, but NBA teams at least Caril Whitney. The former Kentucky men’s basketball freshman previously left the program midway through the season in preparation for the 2020 NBA draft. Whitney played 22 games for the Cats a season ago, starting 14 of them, but averaged just 3.3 points in less than 13 minutes per game.His decision to leave was heavily criticized by the fan base for several reasons, but according to Mike Mazzo Forbes, Whitney still garnered interest in NBA front office and participated in 25 Zoom meetings with teams ahead of Wednesday night’s draft.
“The 19-year-old considered a move to Michigan or Illinois, but ultimately decided to file for the draft due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic,” Mazo wrote. “Since then, he has made 25 Zoom calls with NBA teams, but has been unable to demonstrate his skills for them due to a lack of comprehensive training and in-person practice in team facilities.” https://twitter. com/AdamZagoria/status/1328717238308909056 Despite the lack of in-person workouts, Whitney is still in the spotlight. At 6-foot-6 with an impressive physique, he’s an interesting prospect based on athletic potential alone. Leaving Kentucky certainly won’t do his draft status any favors, but it’s not something he’s thinking about often. In fact, he prefers the uncertainty of the unknown. “Some people might say I’m crazy, but I really like the feeling,” Whitney told Forbes“I like not knowing what my future holds. But it’s all in my hands, so it keeps me disciplined. It keeps me focused. It keeps me motivated.” In the article, Mazzo wrote that Whittaker Nee has been playing open games with other NBA players and rookies while adding 10 pounds of muscle (how could he possibly add more?) and repairing his shooting skills and ball handling. ESPN Draft expert Mike Schmitz said on a conference call earlier Tuesday that Whitney has the potential to be a second-round pick.
“And then in terms of Kahlil, he’s just what the team wants on the wing. It’s just a very limited sample size in Kentucky, and then given the pandemic situation, I think he’s a tough guy to get along with. , because “I think he’s an interesting name, and when you talk about a guy in his 50s, he’s probably going two ways because teams, I think, in their two ways, they want players , every team is different, but they want players who have a chance to play in the NBA. What they want is the swing guy who has the potential to be a future contributor, and I think he fits that mold. Clearly a former McDonald’s All-American and very accomplished in the prep. “I would look for him in that mode”. – Schmitz
The pandemic made the draft unpredictable. Teams have longer than ever to evaluate these prospects, but many expect draft-night trades to grab the headlines. In any other draft, I’d say it’s clear that Whitney wasn’t drafted, but in 2020, it’s all going to happen. The 2020 NBA Draft will be on ESPN on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
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