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Volume 4 Issue 8                                 1998 NBA Draft Special                                                  June 1998
BASKETBALL FOR THOUGHT by Kris Gardner, e-mail: kgardner@houstonroundballrev.com                       Garnett—$126 M; and so on.
                                                                                                       Whether I’m worth the money
 Lockout, Boycott, So What...                                                                          or not, if someone offered me
                                                                                                       one of those contract salaries,
              ime is ticking by     patrio-                                                  The       I’d sign in a heart beat! (Right
              and July 1st is       tism in                                             owners         Jim McIlvaine!)
              quickly       ap-     1992                                                want     a           In order to compete with
              proaching. All        when                                                h a r d        the rising costs, the owners
 signs point to the owners          h     e                                             salary cap     raise the prices of the tickets.
 locking out the players            wore                                                with    no     Therefore, as long as people
 thereby delaying the start of      t h e                                               salary ex-     buy the tickets, the prices will
 the free agent signing pe-         Ameri-                                              emptions       continue to rise. Hell, real
 riod. As a result of the im-       c a n                                               similar to     people can’t afford to attend
 pending lockout, the players       f l a g                                             the NFL’s      games now; consequently,
 union has apparently de-           draped                                              salary cap     corporations are buying the
 cided to have the 12 mem-          over                                                and    the     seats and filling the seats with
 bers selected to represent the     h i s                                               players
                                                                                 ©                     suits.
 USA in this summer’s World         Team
                                                                                                             The players have wanted
 Championships in Greece
                                      ...the owners were rich when they entered the league and         to get rid of the salary cap for
 boycott the games. Big deal
                                    there aren’t too many legal jobs where tall, athletic, and, in     years and still maintain that
 and so what.
                                     some cases, uneducated men can make millions of dollars.          hope. It’s not going to hap-
      A lockout in the summer
                                                                                                       pen. The players need to real-
 is mere semantics. The fans
                                                                                                       ize: the owners were rich
 don’t care: no games are af-       USA warm up jersey in order       won’t agree with that in any     when they entered the league
 fected.    Boycotting      the     to hide the company name of       form or fashion. The owners      and there aren’t too many le-
 Worlds eases the worries of        one of Mr. Nike’s competi-        need to ease up on this provi-   gal jobs where tall, athletic,
 the owners of those 12 play-       tors.                             sion since many of them          and, in some cases, unedu-
 ers who would participate                The labor problems          played major roles in the        cated men can make millions
 because the risk of injury in      come down to millionaires         escalating players’ salaries a   of dollars.
 Greece would be eliminated.        100 times over (the owners)       few years ago. Re: Larry               Both sides are at fault.
      The players aren’t gain-      fighting with millionaires 10     Johnson—$84 M; Juwan             Both sides are greedy and
 ing any leverage by a boy-         times over (the players) over     Howard—$105 M; Alonzo            both sides have been hypocrit-
 cott. Sure, they are correct       money.                            Mourning—$110 M; Kevin           ical.
 when Michael Jordan and
                                                                                                             The owners could impose
 others say the World Cham-         Inside This Issue                                    Page(s)       a moratorium on contracts
 pionships is another chance        Basketball For Thought                                  1          which wouldn’t allow new
 for the NBA to cash in on          NBA State of the Team Address                          2-3         contracts to be negotiated but
 global marketing. However,         WNBA Opening Day Rosters                               4-5         the players could participate
 the majority of fans who           Team by team List of NBA Free Agents                    6          in Greece.
 would watch their own coun-
                                                                                                             I propose David Stern
 try get bombed by the US           Reviewing Recent NBA Trades, World Champ.             7, 10        and the reps for the owners
 team already has merchan-          1998 NBA Draft Order                                     8         along with the reps for the
 dise of the players in the         Around the Rim: NCAA Hoop News                        9 - 10       union hole themselves up in a
 players’ NBA team apparel.         1998 NBA Pre - Draft Camp Rosters                       11         hotel and not exit without a
 In other words, the merchan-
                                    1998 NBA Eligible Draft List                          12 - 19      deal. I know both sides can
 dising hit would be minimal.
                                    ‘98 NBA Mock Draft                                      19         afford the room rates.
 Besides, MJ cashed in on his
                                    Roundball “Rim” Shots                                   20

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                                  NBA State of the Team Address
                                                           (as of June 17th)
 Atlanta Hawks:                   cleaned out his office. The         der.                            They really need to improve
 Needs:                           Bulls are, reportedly, pre-         Detroit Pistons:                their rebounding.
 a scoring small forward          pared to offer Pip a 2 yr.          Needs:                          LA Clippers:
 b ball handler                   deal worth between $35 to           a perimeter shooting            Needs:
 c physical forward               $40 M. No one is sure if or         b low post defender             a point guard
 Summary: The Hawks have          when the drama will end.            c another ball handler          b big guard
 the 20th pick in the first       Cleveland Cavaliers: .              Summary: The Pistons            c center
 round and should select a        Needs:                              aren’t trading Grant Hill;      d head coach
 front court scorer. They are     a front court scorer                however, F / C Brian            Summary: The Clips may be
 beginning to entertain no-       b small forward                     Williams is on the trading      wavering or posturing about
 tions to trade C Dikembe         c time together                     block. Though he may not        not selecting Mike Bibby.
 Mutombo.                         d perimeter shooting                have a great perimeter          Reportedly, they now like
 Boston Celtics:                  Summary: The Cavs don’t             game, Jerry Stackhouse will     Michael Olowokandi.
 Needs:                           have a first round pick; so,        be re-signed by the club.       George Karl is still tops on
 a physical center                GM Wayne Embry will                 Golden St. Warriors:            their head coaching wish
 b veteran leadership             look to find another player         Needs:                          list.
 c sign or trade F Antoine        like Cedric Henderson this          a point guard                   LA Lakers:
      Walker                      year in the second round.           b getting rid of Latrell        Needs:
 Summary: Head coach Rick         Signing C Zydrunas Il-              c re-signing Jason Caffey       a perimeter shooting
 Pitino has stated he believes    gauskas to a contract ex-           Summary: The Warriors           b experience
 the Cs will have to trade        tension is important.               have the 5th pick and           c veteran leadership
 Antoine since owner Paul         Dallas Mavericks:                   should select a guard. Jim      Summary: Del Harris will
 Gaston has stated he will        Needs:                              Jackson’s agent has said JJ     remain head coach. Nick
 not pay Walker a $100 M          a point guard                       would like to re-sign be-       Van Exel will be traded.
 contract. Who for when,          b physical front court              cause the club’s offense is     Shaq wants the club to sign
 and where are questions               player                         similar to the offense JJ       his buddy Dennis Scott to
 which are presently un-          c health                            played at Dallas. Spre will     solve the outside shooting
 known.                           d scoring small forward             be traded soon.                 problems. Getting swept by
 Charlotte Hornets:               Summary: Head coach and             Houston Rockets:                Utah was an embarrass-
 Needs:                           GM Don Nelson has de-               Needs:                          ment.
 a re-sign Vlade Divac            nied reports he is willing to       a youth & athleticism           Miami Heat:
 b trade Anthony Mason            trade C Shawn Bradley for           b big guard                     Needs:
 c back up for Glen Rice          Anthony Mason; however,             c point guard                   a back up center
 d point guard                    Nellie has stretched the            d small forward                 b consistent 3rd scorer
 Summary: C Matt Geiger is        truth before. They need             Summary: Trading F Kevin        c maturity
 not going to re-sign with the    someone who can run the             Willis for the 16th and 18th    d mental toughness
 club; so, keeping Divac is       offense very badly.                 picks in the Draft was a        Summary: Acquiring Glen
 important. Mason and coach       Denver Nuggets:                     good move. Signing Kevin        Rice is an option; however,
 Cowens have worn on each         Needs:                              Johnson may be a possibility    the Heat may re-sign G
 other for the last time. Trad-   a center                            if Charles has any say. Sign-   Brent Barry and trade him
 ing Glen Rice is still an op-    b veteran leadership                ing Scottie Pippen is no        and Voshon Lenard to the
 tion; however, it seems less     c health                            longer a priority—too much      Warriors for Sprewell. Ob-
 and less likely.                 d scoring big guard                 money.                          taining a back up for Zo is
 Chicago Bulls:                   Summary: Apparently, the            Indiana Pacers:                 vital for the club.
 Needs:                           Nuggets are content with            Needs:                          Milwaukee Bucks:
 a resolution to the drama        staying with the 3rd pick in        a re-sign Rik Smits             Needs:
 b front court help               the Draft. Selecting C              b rebounder                     a scoring center
 c health                         Michael Olowokandi                  c point guard                   b scoring off the bench
 Summary: Six titles in 8         would be ideal for them.            d athleticism                   c resolving the Terrell
 years is extremely impres-       All signs still point to GM         Summary: The Pacers                   Brandon situation
 sive. MJ stepped up, once        Dan Issel naming himself            choked in game 7 against        d front court depth
 again, down the stretch and      head coach. The club wants          the Bulls. They stopped at-     Summary: The Bucks aren’t
 defeated the Jazz. Phil has      to re-sign G Corey Alexan-          tacking and it cost them.                 (Continued on page 3)
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                                NBA State of the Team Address
                                                        (as of June 17th)
 (Continued from page 2)
                                b center                            about head coach Mike          good defensive team to no de-
 looking to trade starting G    c point guard                       Dunleavy being fired seem      fense in just one season.
 Terrell Brandon. Head          d youth                             to be far fetched. GM Bob      Toronto Raptors:
 coach Chris Ford may be        Summary: Orlando has 3 first        Whitsitt wants Dunleavy to     Needs:
 fired or he may stay. No one   round draft picks; so, they         change to more of a press-     a front court depth
 knows for certain.             have flexibility to improve         ing, fast break style of       b maturity / leadership
 Minnesota T’wolves:            the club. Penny Hardaway is         play; however, it’s doubtful   c health
 Needs:                         almost 100% healthy. It is          Dunleavy will be let go.       Summary: Butch Carter was
 a center                       still uncertain whether Penny       Sacramento Kings: .            named permanent head
 b front court depth            will be traded or not.              Needs                          coach. Acquiring F / C Kevin
 c resolving the Googs or       Philadelphia 76ers:                 a resolve the Chris Web-       Willis will improve the club
      Stephon situation         Needs:                                   ber situation             for the immediate future.
 Summary: Tom Gugliotta         a resolving the Derrick             b center                       They are still trying to move
 has stated he would take             Coleman contract situa-       c scoring big guard            up from the 4th spot in the
 less money to stay with the          tion                          d back up point guard          Draft.
 club which would help in       b center                            Summary: The Kings             Utah Jazz:
 signing Stephon to a con-      c big guard
                                                                    signed their 1996 1st round    Needs:
 tract extension. However,      d experience
                                                                    draft pick F Predrag “Peja”    a scoring center
 Stephon may decide to be-      Summary: The Sixers can
                                                                    Stojakovic on 6 / 15. Peja     b consistent 3rd scorer
 come a free agent and test     buy out Derrick’s contract for
                                                                    can play some big guard        c youth
 the market next summer.        $5.6 M and either re-sign
                                                                    and both forward spots.        Summary: The Jazz don’t
 New Jersey Nets:                                                   Chris Webber refuses to re-    have the championship men-
                                him at a lesser amount or
 Needs:                                                             port to the Kings; so, he      tality to win it all. Losing to
                                trade him. DC has been ru-
 a re-signing Jayson                                                may be traded. So, much        the Bulls isn’t a disgrace; but,
                                mored to be headed to the
      Williams                                                      for Webber “seeing the         not being aggressive and at-
                                Lakers for Elden Campbell.
 b time together                                                    light” and being a             tacking an injured player is.
                                They are also thinking about
 c health                                                           “changed” man. The Kings       Vancouver Grizzlies:
                                trading Allen Iverson.
 d center                                                           reportedly want to sign C      Needs:
                                Phoenix Suns:
 Summary: The Nets need to                                          Vlade Divac.                   a big guard
 keep their core players;                                           San Antonio Spurs:             b point guard
                                a center
 therefore, re-signing Jayson                                       Needs:                         c experience
                                b low post defender
 Williams is imperative.                                            a big guard                    Summary: The Grizzlies need
                                c scoring small forward
 They don’t have a first                                            b perimeter shooting           to sign Shareef to a contract
                                Summary: The Suns will re-
 round pick; so, they have to                                       c depth                        extension. If they draft Paul
                                nounce KJ meaning his days
 improve through trades or      as a Sun are finished. They         d time together                Pierce, they’ll have a nice nu-
 free agency.                   are entertaining offers for         Summary: The Spurs really      cleus (Pierce, Reeves, and
 New York Knicks:               backup point guard Steve            need to improve their          Shareef) to build around.
 Needs:                         Nash. Signing Scottie Pippen        perimeter shooting. Ac-        Washington Wizards:
 a point guard                  as a free agent is no longer a      quiring Sprewell is still a    Needs:
 b youth & athleticism          foregone conclusion because         possibility. The Spurs         a re-sign Rod Strickland
 c scoring small forward        they really have to fill their      maintain David Robinson        b maturity
 Summary: The Knicks must       need for a center.                  isn’t going to be traded.      c center
 improve their point guard                                          We shall see.                  Summary: Juwan Howard
                                Portland Trailblazers:
 spot. Chris Childs will be                                         Seattle Sonics:                went to management and
 traded. They hope to sign or                                       Needs:                         promised he would clean up
                                a maturity
 make a trade for Kevin                                             a coach                        his act and act like a profes-
                                b time together
 Johnson. They are so far                                           b youth                        sional on and off the court. If
                                c deciding to play up
 over the salary cap that ac-                                       c scoring center               management believes him,
 quiring KJ via trade may be                                        Summary: George Karl           Juwan won’t be traded; if not,
                                d perimeter shooting
 their only option.                                                 was let go as head coach.      he’s gone. Re-signing point
                                Summary: Damon
 Orlando Magic:                                                     Paul Westphal was named        guard Rod Strickland is vital
                                Stoudamire wants to re-sign
 Needs:                                                             new coach which means          to the club’s success in the
                                with the club. Questions
 a scoring                                                          the Sonics will go from a      near future.
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                        WNBA OPENING DAY ROSTERS                                                          As of June 10th

                                                       EASTERN CONFERENCE
                         CHARLOTTE STING                                                               DETROIT SHOCK
 Status   No.   Player               Pos.       Ht.       Wt.             Status    No.   Player                 Pos.       Ht.    Wt.
   I      13    Kelly Boucher        F          6’2       165                       10    Rhonda Blades          G          5’7    138
          23    Vicky Bullet         F          6’3       185                       34    Gergana Branzova       F          6’4    178
          33    Sonia Chase          G          5’9       150                        6    Sandy Brondello        G          5’7    136
           3    Andrea Congreaves    F          6’2       183                       14    Cindy Brown            F          6’2    188
          41    Pollyanna Johns      C          6’2       180                        7    Korie Hlede            G          5’9    155
          50    Sharon Manning       F          6’3       186                       20    Aneta Kausaite         F          6’0    155
          51    Rhonda Mapp          F          6’2       190               I       32    DeAngela Minter        G          5’6    130
          30    Tia Paschal          F          6’1       165                       12    Razjia Mujanovic       C          6’8    220
          00    Tracy Reid           F-G        5’11      150                       99    Carla Porter           F          6’1    172
           2    Christy Smith        G          5’7       140                        4    Rachel Sporn           F          6’1    175
          32    Andrea Stinson       G          5’10      158                       30    Mfon Udoka             F          6’0    187
           7    Tora Suber           G          5’7       137                        8    Lynette Woodard        G          6’0    160

                        CLEVELAND ROCKERS                                                           NEW YORK LIBERTY
 Status   No.   Player                Pos.      Ht.       Wt.             Status    No.   Player               Pos.         Ht.    Wt.
          41    Tully Bevilaqua       G         5’4       140                       31    Albena Branzova      F            6’3    170
           5    Cindy Blodgett        G         5’9       130               I       14    Elisabeth Cebrian    C            6’5
           8    Janice Braxton        C         6’3       178                        5    Kisha Ford           G            5’10   153
          34    Rushia Brown          F         6’2       175                       34    Kym Hampton          F            6’2    210
  I       44    Michelle Edwards      G         5’9       150                       55    Vickie Johnson       G            5’9    150
          13    Isabelle Fijalkowski  F         6’5       200                       50    Rebecca Lobo         F            6’4    180
          31    Adrienne Johnson      G         5’10      150               I       17    Vanessa Nygaard      F            6’1    175
          25    Merlakia Jones        G         5’9       145                       43    Alicia Thompson      F            6’1    180
          10    Tanja Kostic          F         6’1       163                       33    Trena Trice          F            6’2    180
           4    Suzie McConnell Serio G         5’5       131                        4    Coquese Washington G              5’6    138
           6    Eva Nemcova           F         6’3       178                       11    Teresa Weatherspoon G             5’8    161
          52    Raegan Scott          F         6’3       169                       23    Sue Wicks            F            6’3    174
                                                                                    13    Sophia Witherspoon   G            5’10   145

                                                          WASHINGTON MYSTICS
                        Status   No.   Player                        Pos.          Ht.        Wt.
                          I      35    La’Shawn Brown                C             6’3        180
                                 34    Heidi Burge                   F             6’5        180
                                  9    Deborah Carter                G             6’0        185
                                 12    Keri Chaconas                 G             5’9        151
                                 28    Tammy Jackson                 F             6’2        190
                                 15    Nikki McCray                  G             5’11       158
                                 24    Penny Moore                   G             6’0        135
                                 10    Murriel Page                  F             6’2        158
                                 11    Alessandra Santos de Oliveira C             6’5
                                 30    Adrienne Shuler               G             5’6        153
                                 32    Leila Sobral                  F             6’1
                                 23    Rita Williams                 G             5’6        135

                          I Injured list

                        ∗   Players must stay on the injured list for at least 3 games before being activated.
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                        WNBA OPENING DAY ROSTERS                                                              As of June 10th

                                                           WESTERN CONFERENCE
                          HOUSTON COMETS                                                                 PHOENIX MERCURY
 Status   No.   Player               Pos.           Ht.       Wt.             Status    No.   Player                Pos.         Ht.    Wt.
           9    Janeth Arcain        F              5’11      147               I       14    Marlies Askamp        C            6’5    198
  I        3    Karen Booker         C              6’1       170                        0    Toni Foster           F            6’1    175
          14    Cynthia Cooper       G              5’10      150                       22    Jennifer Gillom       F            6’3    180
           4    Wanda Guyton         C              6’1       178                       12    Michelle Griffiths    F            6’1    177
          40    Monica Lamb-Lattin   C              6’5       206               I       24    Mikiko Hagiwara       G            5’9    160
          33    Yolanda Moore        G-F            6’0       174                        4    Kristi Harrower       G            5’4
          10    Kim Perrot           G              5’5       130                       11    Pauline Jordan        F            6’3    205
          00    Nyree Roberts        C              6’3       209                       15    Andrea Kuklova        G            6’0    150
          22    Sheryl Swoopes       F              6’0       145                       32    Bridget Pettis        G            5’9    150
  I       29    Atalanti Tasouli     G              5’10      151                       13    Brandy Reed           F            6’1    168
           7    Tina Thompson        F              6’2       178                       19    Maria Stepanova       C            6’8    208
  S       15    Polina Tzekova       C              6’4                                  7    Michelle Timms        G            5’7    132
          13    Amaya Valdemoro      F              6’1                                 21    Umeki Webb            G            5’10   162
           5    Tiffany Woosley      G              5’7       132

                                                                                                   SACRAMENTO MONARCHS
                        LOS ANGELES SPARKS                                    Status    No. Player                 Pos.          Ht.    Wt.
 Status   No.   Player                Pos.          Ht.       Wt.                       32 Adia Barnes             F             5’11   165
          15    Erin Alexander        G             5’7       140                           Quacy Barnes           C             6’5    185
          20    Octavia Blue          F             6’1       163                        6 Ruthie Bolton-Holifield G             5’9    150
          12    Katrina Colleton      G             5’10      138                       42 Linda Burgess           F             6’1    173
          21    Tamecka Dixon         G             5’9       148                       51 Latasha Byears          G             5’11   206
           5    Allison Feaster       G             5’11      168                       30 Bridgette Gordon        F             6’0    172
           9    Lisa Leslie           C-F           6’5       170                       27 Lady Hardmon            G             5’10   160
           4    Mwadi Mabika          G             5’11      165                        4 Tiffani Johnson         C             6’4    205
          30    Pamela McGee          F             6’3       180                       21 Ticha Penicheiro        G             5’11   158
  I       40    Eugenia Rycraw        C             6’3       175                       25 Franthea Price          G             5’9    178
          11    Penny Toler           G             5’8       132                       50 Tangela Smith           F             6’4    160
          14    Sandra Embricqs       F             6’3       175
  I       10    Jamila Wideman        G             5’6       135
          28    Haixia Zheng          C             6’8       254

                                                                 UTAH STARZZ
                        Status       No.   Player                        Pos.          Ht.        Wt.
                                     10    Tricia Bader                  G             5’4        125
                                     28    Elena Baranova                C-F           6’5        182
                                     12    Malgorzata (Margo) Dydek      C             7’2        223
                                     20    Fran Harris                   G             6’0        153
                                     11    Dena Head                     G             5’10       160
                            I        25    Jessie Hicks                  F             6’4        187
                                     24    LaTonya Johnson               F             6’1        152
                                     14    Wendy Palmer                  F             6’2        165
                                     32    Tammi Reiss                   G             5’6        129
                                      0    Olympia Scott                 F             6’2        175
                                      3    Chantel Tremitiere            G             5’6        142
                                     23    Kim Williams                  G             5’6        136

                          I Injured list
                          S Suspended list

                        ∗       Players must stay on the injured list for at least 3 games before being activated.
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                     Team by Team List of 1998 Free Agents                                            As of June 17th

Atlanta Hawks: F / C Greg Anderson, G Drew Barry, F Chucky           Minnesota Timberwolves: F Tom Gugliotta *, F Tom Hammonds,
     Brown, F Tyrone Corbin, F Chris Crawford, F Alan Henderson,         G Reggie Jordan, F Sam Mitchell, C / F Cherokee Parks,
     F Christian Laettner, F Anthony “Pig” Miller, G Eldridge            G Terry Porter **, C Stanley Roberts, G DeJuan Wheat.
                                                                     New Jersey Nets: G Sherman Douglas, C Rony Seikaly **, F David
Boston Celtics: F Popeye Jones, C Zan Tabak.                            Vaughn, F Jayson Williams.

Charlotte Hornets: G Corey Beck, G Dell Curry, C Vlade Divac,        New York Knicks: G / F Anthony Bowie, F Ben Davis,
    F Tony Farmer—waived on 3 / 24, C Matt Geiger, G Vernon             C Chris Dudley, G Brooks Thompson, G Charlie Ward,
    Maxwell, F Donald Royal, F Travis Williams.                         C Herb Williams.

Chicago Bulls: F Jud Buechler, G / F Scott Burrell, G Michael        Orlando Magic: G Darrell Armstrong, F David Benoit, G Kevin
    Jordan, G Steve Kerr, C Joe Kleine, G Rusty LaRue, C Luc             Edwards, G Derek Harper, F Jason Lawson, G Kevin Ollie,
    Longley, F Scottie Pippen, F / C Dickey Simpkins,                    C Danny Schayes, F Derek Strong, F / G Gerald Wilkins.
    C Bill Wennington.
                                                                     Philadelphia 76ers: C Benoit Benjamin, F Derrick Coleman **,
Cleveland Cavaliers: G Scott Brooks, G Tony Dumas—waived on               F Mark Davis, F Ronnie Grandison—waived 2 / 21, G Doug
    1 / 19, F Henry James, G Carl Thomas.                                 Overton, F Theo Ratliff, G / F Brian Shaw, F Joe Smith,
                                                                          F Kebu Stewart.
Dallas Mavericks: C Shawn Bradley *, F Cedric Ceballos,
     F Ace Custis, F A.C. Green *, G Shawn Respert, C Eric Riley,    Phoenix Suns: F Mike Brown, F Mark Bryant **, G Rex Chapman,
     F Kurt Thomas.                                                      G Kevin Johnson, C Horacio Llamas, G Marko Milic, F George
                                                                         McCloud, F Antonio McDyess, C / F Loren Meyer, F Clifford
Denver Nuggets: G Cory Alexander, G Harold “Bo Ellis”,                   Robinson, F Dennis Scott, C / F John Williams.
    F LaPhonso Ellis, G Kiwane Garris, G / F Johnny Newman,
    F / C Joe Wolf, C George Zidek—waived 2 / 28.                    Portland Trailblazers: F / G Vincent Askew—waived on 3 / 24,
                                                                          G Rick Brunson, G Gary Grant, C Alton Lister, C Arvydas
Detroit Pistons: G Joe Dumars, G Steve Henson, F Grant Long **,           Sabonis*, G Damon Stoudamire.
    F / C Rick Mahorn, C Eric Montross, G Charles O’Bannon **,
    F / G Malik Sealy, G Jerry Stackhouse.                           Sacramento Kings: G Mahmoud Abdul - Rauf, G Terry
                                                                          Dehere, G Gary Grant, G Bobby Hurley, F Billy Owens,
Golden State Warriors: G Muggsy Bogues **, F Jason Caffey,                C Olden Polynice **, C Kevin Salvadori: waived on 2 / 20,
    G Jimmy Jackson, G Gerald Madkins, F Clarence Weatherspoon.           F Corliss Williamson.

Houston Rockets: F Charles Barkley, F Matt Bullard, G / F Mario      San Antonio Spurs: G / F Willie Burton, G Vinny Del Negro,
    Elie, F Othella Harrington, F Eddie Johnson, G Matt Maloney,         G Reggie Geary, G Jaren Jackson, F Brad Lohaus, F Malik Rose,
    C Serge Zwikker.                                                     F Monty Williams, C Will Perdue **.

Indiana Pacers: G Travis Best, F Etdrick Bohannon, G Fred Hoiberg,   Seattle Sonics: G James Cotton, F / G Dale Ellis **, F Stephen
     F Mark Pope, C Rik Smits, C Mark West.                               Howard, F Jerome Kersey, G / F Nate McMillan, F / C Sam
                                                                          Perkins, G / F David Wingate.
Los Angeles Clippers: C / F Isaac Austin, G Darrick Martin,
    G Eric Piatkowski, F Rodney Rogers, Loy Vaught.                  Toronto Raptors: G Chris Garner, C Oliver Miller, F Gary Trent.

Los Angeles Lakers: G Jon Barry, F Mario Bennett, F Corie Blount,    Utah Jazz: G Troy Hudson, F Chris Morris.
    F Rick Fox, G Shea Seals.
                                                                     Vancouver Grizzlies: G Blue Edwards, F George Lynch, C Eric
Miami Heat: F / G Keith Askins, G Brent Barry, F Marty Conlon,           Mobley, F / C Ivano Newbill.
   G Malcolm Huckaby, F Antonio Lang, G Eric Murdock, F Mark
   Strickland, G Rex Walters.                                        Washington Wizards: F / C Terry Davis, G Ledell Eackles, F Harvey
                                                                        Grant, F Darvin Ham, C Gheorghe Muresan, G God Shammgod,
Milwaukee Bucks: F / C Acie Earl, F Jamie Feick, G Ricky Pierce.        G Rod Strickland, F Ben Wallace.

* Denotes player’s option to become a free agent.                    * Denotes player’s option to become a free agent.
** Denotes team’s option.                                            ** Denotes team’s option.
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        Reviewing Recent NBA                                                    USAB will Re-                        U.S. Women
               Trades                                                            place NBA                          win 6th Worlds
   (Salaries May not be Accurate; Analyses are posted on the web site w / i 2
                              days of the trade)                                 Players for                        Championship
 June 9, 1998                             fender. However, his knees               Worlds                          June 7th, The United States
                                          have not allowed him to play                                             followed its Olympic gold
 “Rockets send Willis to                  much since his rookie season          June 16, USA Basketball            medal with a Women's World
 Canada for Roy Rogers                    (‘96-’97). Unless he can get          decided to replace the 12          Championship defeating Rus-
 and draft picks”                         healthy, Roy figures to take          NBA players who had been           sia 71-65 to close out an un-
                                          Charles Jones spot as the             selected to represent the US       beaten run to the world title.
 The Houston Rockets                      12th man on the roster.               at the upcoming World
 acquired F Roy Rogers                                                          Championships held in              "We are at the top right now,
 and the 16th and 18th                    Kevin Willis gives Toronto a          Greece beginning in late           no question about it," U.S.
 picks in the 1998 NBA                    low post scoring big man              July.                              coach Nell Fortner said.
 Draft in exchange for F /                they’ve lacked since they en-
 C Kevin Willis.                          tered the league.                     The decision was made due          Ruthie Bolton-Holifield hit
                                                                                to threat of an NBA owner          two 3-pointers over the final
 1998 - ‘99 Salaries:
 Roy Rogers, Houston: $863 K
                                          “Kevin addresses the most             lockout of the players July        1:44 and Lisa Leslie had two
 Kevin Willis, Toronto: $2.1 M            significant need our team has         1st. With the threat of a          big turnaround jumpers in the
                                          and that is a tough, powerful         lockout, the players threat-       final 2:10 as the United
 Who got the better of the                veteral player in the front-          ened to boycott the World          States won its sixth World
 deal?                                    court,” said Toronto GM               Championships.                     Championship title and first
 Houston.                                 Glen Grunwald. He’s a very                                               since 1990.
                                          good defender and has con-            When the players associa-
 Why?                                     sistently ranked among the            tion indicated a boycott           The US trailed by as many as
 The Rockets made get-                    league leaders in rebound-            might be staged, USAB              12 points in the first half and
 ting younger a priority                  ing.”                                 asked each player to reaf-         didn’t take a lead until 7:59
 this off - season. Trading                                                     firm his intention of play-        left in the game.
 Willis, 35, is a beginning               “Willis addresses a need we           ing. None of the players did
 step in that process.                    felt we had to take care of this      and the players association        Bolton-Holifield, who was
                                          summer,” Grunwald said.               informed USAB that a deci-         bothered by a sore knee
 Houston now has three                    “We haven’t had anyone this           sion wouldn’t be made until        throughout the tourney,
 first round picks in the                 good at center since we en-           July 2.                            buried a 3 pointer with 1:44
 Draft (14th, 16th, and                   tered the league.”                                                       left to give the Americans a
 18th) which will give                                                          “We are extremely disap-           63-61 lead.
 them flexibility for addi-               Unfortunately, Glen Grun-             pointed and regret that this
 tional moves. They can                   wald isn’t correct when he            action had to be taken,” said      Dawn Staley, who finished
 package any or all of the                said Kevin is “a very good            executive director Warren          with 12 assists and just one
 picks for a player or                    defender”. Willis has never           Brown. But training camp           turnover in 36 minutes made
 move up higher in the                    been a shot blocker and his           for our team starts July 8         three of four free throws over
 first round and draft a                  defense hasn’t been “very             and we simply cannot wait          the final 10 seconds to ice the
 player they really like.                 good” since his playing days          until July 2 for a decision        game.
 Though it seems un-                      with the Atlanta Hawks in the         before we begin the process
 likely, they could keep                  80s.                                  of fielding a replacement          Leslie finished with 20 points
 all three picks and select                                                     team.”                             and 12 rebounds, while
 players.                                 Willis should, however, help                                             Ruthie finished with 11
                                          young players like F Marcus           “I’m sure our players are by       points and was 3 of 5 from 3
 Roy Rogers, 24, has had                  Camby and C Sharone                   disappointed by USA Bas-           point range.
 chronic knee problems                    Wright by displaying his              ketball’s decision,” said
 since his college playing                great work ethic and physical         union director Billy               Russia’s Elena Baranova
 days at Alabama. When                    fitness which head coach              Hunter. We think the deci-         was named tournament MVP.
 he’s healthy, Roy is an                  Butch Carter began to stress          sion is premature in light of      She finished with 13 points.
 excellent shot blocker                   last season when he was the           the fact that USA Basketball
 and a good low post de-                  interim head coach.                             (Continued on page 10)
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                                               1998 NBA Draft Order
                                                               As of June 17th

 First Round                                                             Second Round
  1. Los Angeles Clippers                                                30. Dallas (from Toronto)
  2. Vancouver Grizzlies                                                 31. Los Angels Lakers (from Vancouver)
  3. Denver Nuggets                                                      32. Seattle (from Denver)
  4. Toronto Raptors                                                     33. Seattle (from LA Clippers via Philadelphia)
  5. Golden State Warriors                                               34. Chicago (from Golden State)
  6. Dallas Mavericks                                                    35. Dallas
  7. Sacramento Kings                                                    36. Sacramento
  8. Philadelphia 76ers                                                  37. Philadelphia
  9. Milwaukee Bucks                                                     38. New York (from Boston)
 10. Boston Celtics                                                      39. Milwaukee
 11. Detroit Pistons                                                     40. Detroit
 12. Orlando Magic                                                       41. Houston
 13. Orlando Magic (from Washington)                                     42. Orlando
 14. Houston                                                             43. Washington
 15. Orlando (from New Jersey)                                           44. New York
 16. Houston (from New York via Toronto)                                 45. LA Lakers (from New Jersey)
 17. Minnesota                                                           46. Minnesota
 18. Houston (from Portland via Toronto)                                 47. Toronto (from Portland)
 19. Milwaukee (from Cleveland)                                          48. Cleveland
 20. Atlanta                                                             49. Atlanta
 21. Charlotte                                                           50. Charlotte
 22. LA Clippers (from Miami)                                            51. Miami
 23. Denver (from Phoenix)                                               52. San Antonio
 24. San Antonio                                                         53. Dallas (from Phoenix)
 25. Indiana                                                             54. Denver (from Indiana)
 26. LA Lakers                                                           55. Denver (from Seattle)
 27. Seattle                                                             56. Vancouver (from LA Lakers)
 28. Chicago                                                             57. Utah
 29. Utah                                                                58. Chicago

 Notes involving draft picks:                                            Notes involving draft picks:
 15. Orlando received this pick along with F David Benoit, et al.        31. LAL received the right to switch picks for G Anthony Peeler
     in exchange for C Rony Seikaly and F Brian Evans—Feb. 19,               and F George Lynch—July 16, 1996.
     1998.                                                               32. Seattle received this pick and the draft rights to G James
 16. Houston received this pick from Toronto along with the                  Cotton (33rd overall) for G Bobby Jackson—6 / 25 / 97.
     18 pick in the ‘98 Draft and F Roy Rogers in exchange               33. Seattle received this pick from Philly for G Eric Snow—
     for F Kevin Willis—June 9, 1998. Toronto received                       Jan. 18, 1998. Philly received this pick for the draft
     this pick from New York in the John Wallace-Chris                       rights to G James Collins (37th overall)—June 25, 1997.
     Dudley deal—October 11, 1997.                                       34. Chicago acquired this pick and F David Vaughn for
 18. Houston acquired this pick—June 9, 1998. See 16.                        F Jason Caffey—Feb. 19, 1998.
     Toronto acquired this pick from Portland along with another         38. New York received this pick as part of the Chris Mills
     first round pick, G Kenny Anderson, et al. in exchange for              for John Wallace, et al. deal—Oct. 22, 1997.
     G Damon Stoudamire, et al.—February 13, 1998.                       45. LAL received this pick and C Sam Bowie for C Benoit
 19. Milwaukee acquired this pick from Cleveland in the 3 way                Benjamin—June 21, 1993.
     trade involving F Vin Baker to Seattle, F Shawn Kemp to             47. See 18.
     Cleveland, and T. Brandon to Milw.—September 25, 1998.              53. Dallas received this pick and G / F Michael Finley, et al. for
 22 The Clips obtained this pick plus C Ike Austin and G Charles             G Jason Kidd, et al.—December 26, 1996.
     Smith from Miami in exchange for G Brent Barry—                     54. Denver received this pick and G / F Vincent Askew and
     February. 19, 1998.                                                     F Eddie Johnson for G Mark Jackson and C LaSalle
 23. Denver obtained this pick from Phoenix in the 3 way deal                Thompson—Feb. 20, 1997.
     involving Cleveland. Antonio McDyess went to Denver and             55. Denver received this pick, G Greg Graham, and C Steve
     Wesley Person went to Cleveland—October 1, 1998.                        Scheffler for G / F Dale Ellis—Oct. 2, 1997.
 30. Dallas received this pick along w/ Jimmy King—July 23,              56. See 31.
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                               Around the Rim: News on NCAA Hoops
                                                           As of June 18th.

 HIRINGS:                        Williams faces a sentence           Stanford forced a held-ball       in response to the decision.
 from May 18                     ranging from probation to six       late in the game, but
 George Washington:              months in prison.                   Kentucky retained the ball on     “Until such time that we are
 Named former Texas                                                  the possession arrow.             able to meet, I can only say I
 coach Tom Pender new            Williams was brought into the                                         feel sorry for Schea and his
 head coach: 6 / 18.             point shaving scheme by             The alternate-possession rule     family, and we fully support
 St. John’s: Named former        former NU G Kenneth Dion            would still apply in situations   him in his efforts to attend NC
 George Washington head          Lee to keep the team’s              in which the defense didn’t       State University,” Robinson
 coach Mike Jarvis new           scoring down in return for          cause the held ball, such as if   said.
 head coach: 6 / 11.             cash from gamblers.                 a live ball became wedged in
 Loyola - Chicago: Named                                             a basket support or if players    Schea had twice fallen short of
 former Rhode Island             Lee pleaded guilty earlier.         from each team                    a qualifying score on the SAT.
 assistant coach Larry           The two players shaved points       simultaneously knocked a          The NCAA invalidated his
 Farmer new head coach:          against Wicoonsin, Michigan,        loose ball out of bounds.         score of 900 on his third test
 5 / 20.                         and Penn State in 1995 Big                                            because it said he wrongly
                                 Ten games in order to help           COTTON DENIED ELIGIBILITY AT     received special circumstances
    CONTRACT EXTENSIONS          their opponents beat the point           NORTH CAROLINA ST.           from the testing service. He
 Valparaiso: Signed head         spread set by bookies.              June 5, Schea Cotton, one of      allegedly was given more time
 coach Homer Drew to a                                               the nation’s top basketball       to finish the exam and had his
 contract extension through       NCAA CHANGES HELD-BALL             recruits three years ago, has     questionnaires printed in
 the 2005 - 2006 season:           RULE TO REWARD DEFENSIVE
                                                                     been denied NCAA eligibility      larger type for easier reading.
 6 / 5.                                                              to attend North Carolina
                                 June 10, The NCAA
 Youngstown State: Signed                                            State this fall.                  Schea and his family contend
                                 announced a rules change that
 head coach Dan Peters to                                                                              he has a learning disability.
                                 will reward men’s basketball
 a 3 year contract                                                   Cotton had appealed an            The NCAA said it didn’t
                                 players whose defensive
 extension: 5 / 27.                                                  earlier NCAA decision             receive proper information
                                 hustle forces held-ball
 Detroit: Signed head                                                invalidating a Scholastic         regarding his learning
 coach Perry Watson to a                                             Aptitude Test (SAT) score         disability.
 new five year contract: 5 /                                         that would have qualified
                                 No matter which way the
 20.                                                                 him to play at the ACC            Schea’s family has hired an
                                 possession arrow is pointing
                                 at the time, the defense will       school.                           attorney to challenge the
          TRANSFERS                                                                                    NCAA’s ruling.
                                 get the ball when one of its
 Michigan State: Former                                              Cotton, a 6’5 shooting guard
                                 players forces a held-ball. The
 Duke F Mike Chappell                                                from Long Beach who sat out        EIGHT SCHOOLS SET TO LEAVE
                                 ball will be awarded at the
 announced he is                                                     his senior season at                            WAC
                                 closest designated spot to
 transferring to Michigan                                            Bellflower St. John Bosco         May 26, The WAC, the
                                 where the held-ball occurred.
 State.: 5 / 31.                                                     because of a shoulder injury,     nation's largest collegiate
                                 “The committee feels that this      agreed to attend UCLA last        conference, is on the verge of
 4TH MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN        change will reward                  fall; however, the NCAA           splitting in half.
        NU SCANDAL               outstanding defensive plays         invalidated his SAT
 June 16, former                                                     qualifying score less than a      Citing the loss of traditional
                                 that in the past went
 Northwestern basketball                                             week before he was to enroll.     rivalries, rising travel costs
                                 unrewarded if the possession
 player Dewey Williams           arrow belonged to the               He attended and played at St.     and insufficient revenue
 pleaded guilty to a single                                          Thomas More, a prep school        growth, eight of the 16
                                 offense,” Herb Kenny,
 charge of sports bribery                                            in Oakdale, CT, this past         Western Athletic Conference
                                 athletic director at Wesleyan
 thereby ending the                                                  season.                           schools announced plans to
                                 University and rules
 gambling case.                                                                                        form their own league.
                                 committee chairman said.
                                                                     NC State athletics director
 “I’m definitely sorry for                                           Les Robinson said he would        Air Force, Brigham Young,
                                 Giving momentum to the
 what I did,” Dewey, 25,                                             consult with head coach           Colorado State, UNLV, New
                                 change was Kentucky’s 86-85
 said to US District Judge                                           Herb Sindek and a faculty         Mexico, San Diego State,
                                 overtime victory over Stanford
 Charles Norgle.                 in the semifinals of this year’s    representative about what         Utah and Wyoming said they
                                 national championships.             action the school should take                 (Continued on page 10)
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                                 Around the Rim: News on NCAA Hoops
                                                                As of June 18th.

 (Continued from page 9)             honor their 1998-99 athletic                                NCAA Rules Changes
 will file their intentions to       schedules and withdraw from
 leave the WAC before                the WAC on June 30, 1999.             Other permanent rules changes:
 Sept. 1 as required by
 league bylaws. They also            ``As a charter member of the          ◊       Basket interference will be called if a player pulls down a
 will ask the NCAA to                Western Athletic Conference,                  movable basket rim and it touches the ball before return-
 recognize the new                   the University of Wyoming                     ing to its original position. Previously, there was no spe-
 unnamed conference                  does not take this decision                   cific rule for that situation.
 immediately.                        lightly,'' Wyoming president
                                     Philip Dubois said. ``We take         ◊       When a double personal foul is called, the ball will be
 ``You've got a group of             this step reluctantly, but in the             awarded to the team that was in possession. There will be
 eight institutions that are         best long-term interests of our               no change in the possession arrow, and the shot clock will
 committed to making a               university, our athletic                      not be reset. Previously, possession was determined by the
 new conference work,'' said         program and our fans.''                       arrow.
 Colorado State president
 Al Yates, who is also               Founded as a six-team                 ◊       New provisions in the uniforms rule require jerseys to be a
 chairman of the WAC                 conference in 1962, the WAC                   single color from the base of the neck to the bottom. Un-
 board of directors.                 became the nation's largest                   dershirts must be similar to the jersey color, and sleeves
                                     college league in 1996 when it                must be the same length and not have frayed or ragged
 ``We've spent most of our           added Southwest Conference                    edges.
 time in conversation trying         refugees Rice, TCU, Tulsa
 to respond to the question,         and SMU, and former Big               ◊       The rule also limits how close names and decorations may
 `Is there a way to make             West participants UNLV and                    be placed to jersey numbers.
 this 16-team conference             San Jose State.
 work?' Our conclusion in
                                                                           ◊       The experimental rule on shortening televised games will
 all that was that there was         With Hawaii and the Texas                     be used only in designated games.
 not,'' Yates said.                  schools separated by about
                                     3,900 miles and four time             ◊       Full-length television timeouts will be called at the first
 The schools not planning            zones, travel costs were a                    dead ball after the 16-, 12-, 8- and 4-minute marks in each
 to leave the WAC are                tremendous burden for WAC                     half. Teams would have five timeouts of 30 seconds each.
 Fresno State, Hawaii, Rice,         teams. The costs, coupled                     The first called by either team would be extended to a full
 San Jose State, Southern            with lagging revenue and a                    timeout. Each team would be able to carry four of the
 Methodist, Texas                    proposed realignment that                     shortened timeouts into the second half.
 Christian, Texas-El Paso            would have separated rivals
 and Tulsa. None were                such as Colorado State and            Other experimental rules:
 charter members of the              Air Force, created unrest
 conference when it formed           among the eight defecting             ◊       The first free throw lane space will be moved 10 inches
 in 1962.                            schools.                                      farther from the basket. The rule is designed to cut down
                                                                                   on rough lane play in free-throw situations.
 ``I obviously knew that             Benson said he will talk to the
 there were problems out             remaining schools as well as          ◊       In designated games, the shot clock will be extended from
 there,'' WAC                        schools outside the conference                35 to 45 seconds.
 commissioner Karl                   to see if the WAC has a future
 Benson said. ``Needless to          beyond 1999.
 say I was shocked and                                                     (Continued from page 7)
 surprised, not necessarily          ``I look at this as one more          is permitted to submit a 24-man roster to FIBA that doesn’t
 surprised that this is what         challenge to try to recreate the      have to be reduced to 12 players until July 26.”
 ended up happening, but I           Western Athletic
 think the timing of it was          Conference,'' he said. ``It was       ⇒ Question: If the players proposed the idea of a boycott as a
 more surprising.''                  founded in 1962 and I                   sign of solidarity against the owners, why are other NBA
                                     certainly am not anticipating           players like Steve Nash (Canada) and Rick Fox (Canada)
 Presidents of the defecting         or expecting it to dissolve             and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Lithuania) allowed to represent
 schools said they will              under my watch.''                       their respective countries? So much for solidarity.
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                          1998 NBA PRE - DRAFT CAMP ROSTERS
                                       June 2nd - June 6th, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

               TEAM #1                                     TEAM #2                                         TEAM #3

 4 - Bailey, Toby                          52 - Braggs, Torraye                              12 - Colson, Sean
          (UCLA)                                     (Xavier)                                         (UNC Charlotte)
13 - Culbertson, Paul                       9 - Carr, Cory                                   14 - Davis, Arthur
          (Nevada)                                   (Texas Tech)                                     (St. Joseph’s)
17 - Dial, Derrick                         53 - Cornell, Peter                               50 - Jackson, Randell
          (E. Michigan)                              (Loyola Marymount)                               (Florida State)
18 - Drew, Bryce                           72 - Huffman, Nate                                18 - Jones, Charles
          (Valparaiso)                               (CBA)                                            (Long Island)
20 - Fowlkes, Tremaine                     29 - Jones, Mark                                  47 - King, Jimmy
          (Fresno State)                             (Central Florida)                                (CBA)
57 - James, Jerome                         48 - Roe, Lou                                     58 - Koul, Alexander
          (Florida A & M)                            (CBA)                                            (George Washington)
26 - Johnson, DeMarco                      33 - McLeod, Roshown                              30 - Lopez, Felipe
          (UNC Charlotte)                            (Duke)                                           (St. John’s)
59 - Marks, Sean                           70 - Tusek, Marko                                 61 - Miller, Brad
          (California)                               (BC Union Olimpia - Slovenia)                    (Purdue)
34 - Nesby, Tyrone                         43 - Watson, Melvin                               64 - Papanikolaou, Dimitris
          (UNLV)                                     (South Carolina)                                 (Olympiakos - Greece)
65 - Robisch, Brett                        45 - Williams, Shammond                           38 - Patterson, Ruben
          (Oklahoma State)                           (North Carolina)                                 (Cincinnati)
44 - Wheeler, Tyson                        46 - Young, Korleone                              40 - Shields, Clayton
          (Rhode Island)                             (Hargrave Academy, Virginia)                     (New Mexico)

               TEAM #4                                     TEAM #5                                         TEAM #6

 3 - Alston, Rafer                         51 - Betts, Andrew                                 5 - Bowen, Ryan
          (Fresno State)                             (Long Beach State)                               (Iowa)
 7 - Buckner, Greg                         10 - Carter, Anthony                               6 - Brewer, Corey
          (Clemson)                                  (Hawai’i)                                        (Oklahoma)
 8 - Campbell, Mike                        54 - Davison, Bennett                             11 - Cole, Tim
          (Long Island)                              (Arizona)                                        (NE Miss. Comm. College)
15 - Davis, Nick                           19 - Elliott, Rodney                              16 - Davis, Ricky
          (Arkansas)                                 (Maryland)                                       (Iowa)
55 - Eley, Bud                             23 - Henderson, Mitch                             24 - Hendrix, Bakari
          (Southeast Missouri State)                 (Princeton)                                      (Gonzaga)
21 - Goodrich, Steve                       27 - Johnson, Malcolm                             25 - Jacobson, Sam
          (Princeton)                                (TCU)                                            (Minnesota)
22 - Henderson, J.R.                       68 - Markovic, Sasha                              63 - Ndiaye, Makhtar
          (UCLA)                                     (Panionsis - Greece)                             (North Carolina)
31 - Lee, Tyronn                           62 - Nailon, Lee                                  66 - Santiago, Daniel
          (Nebraska)                                 (TCU)                                            (St. Vincent - Pennsylvania)
32 - Maddox, Mike                          67 - Skinner, Brian                               39 - Saxon, Marcus
          (Georgia Tech)                             (Baylor)                                         (Utah State)
60 - McCoy, Jelani                         41 - Simon, Miles                                 71 - Walton, Winfred
          (UCLA)                                     (Arizona)                                        (Fresno State)
42 - Veal, Jeremy                                                                            72 - White, Jahidi
          (Arizona State)                                                                             (Georgetown)
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                                    1998 Eligible NBA Draft List As of June 18th
                                                   ∗    Height listed has been measured without shoes.

Centers: Grade: C-.                                                                  foot work                        offensive fundamentals
 1. Michael Olowokandi, Pacific, 6’11.75*, 269, Senior.
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                 Career Avg.: .531 fg%, .699 ft%, 15.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg.
    coachable                       lack of organized hoop exp.                Best year: ‘97-’98: .540 fg%, .689 ft%, 18.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg.
    great work ethic                free throw shooting
    foot work                       passing out of double teams                 7. Casey Shaw, Toledo, 6’11, 250, Senior.
    turnaround jump shot            Big West competition                           STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
    willingness to improve          raw offensive skills                           willingness to improve          MAC competition
    shot blocking ability                                                          scoring ability                 shot blocking
    upside potential                                                               foot work                       foul shooting
    long arms: 92 in wing span
                                                                               Career Avg.: .546 fg%, .594 ft%, 13.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg.
Career Avg.: .591 fg%, .466 ft%, 13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg.                   Best year: ‘97-’98: .529 fg%, .611 ft%, 14.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg.
Best year: ‘97-’98: .608 fg%, .485 ft%, 22.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 2.9 bpg.
                                                                                8. Jerome James, Florida A&M, 6’11.5*, 315, Junior.
 2. Nazr Mohammed, Kentucky, 6’10*, 221, Junior.                                   STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES
    STRENGTHS                   WEAKNESSES                                         shot blocking                 MEAC competition
    work ethic                  limited shooting range                             rebounding                    turnover prone
    running the floor           lacks refined low post game                        physical size and strength    conditioning / work ethic
    athleticism                 passing                                            long arms: 92 in wing span    foul shooting
    shot blocking / rebounding  foul shooting
    quick feet                  physical strength                              Career Avg.: .495 fg%, .527 ft%, 16.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.5 bpg.
                                                                               Best year: ‘97-’98: .500 fg%, .563 ft%, 19.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.6 bpg.
Career Avg.: .553 fg%, .581 ft%, 8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg.
Best year: ‘97-’98: .597 fg%, .692 ft%, 12.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 bpg.             9. Alexander Koul, George Washington, 7’0*, 285, Senior.
                                                                                   STRENGTHS                    WEAKNESSES
 3. Michael Doleac, Utah, 6’11*, 269, Senior.                                      physical size and strength   extremely foul prone
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                     running the floor            leaping ability
    coachable                       quickness / foot speed                                                      foot work
    fundamentally sound             upside potential                                                            lateral quickness
    perimeter shooting              athleticism
    passing skills                  conditioning                               Career Avg.: .610 fg%, .607 ft%, 13.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 bpg.
    strong, soft hands                                                         Best year: ‘95-’96: .642 fg%, .665 ft%, 14.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg.
    foul shooting
    toughness                                                                  10. Jahidi White, Georgetown, 6’9*, 293, Senior.
                                                                               Note: Missed most of his senior year due to broken bone in his ankle.
Career Avg.: .491 fg%, .784 ft%, .404 3pt%, 11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1 bpg.              STRENGTHS                          WEAKNESSES
Best year: ‘97-’98: .488 fg%, .805 ft%, .406 3pt%, 16.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg.              physical strength                  weight problems
                                                                                   hands                              conditioning
 4. Radoslav Nesterovic, Makris (Italy), 7’2, 250, 22 yrs. old.                    coachable                          foul prone
Note: Signed a 3 yr. contract last fall and will have to spend one more
    season overseas before he can opt out of his contract.                     Career Avg.: .539 fg%, .462 ft%, 5.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg.
    STRENGTHS                             WEAKNESSES                           Best year: ‘96-’97: .512 fg%, .485 ft%, 7.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg.
    mobility                              physical strength
    long arms                             defense                              Other Possible 2nd Round Picks or Rookie Free Agents:
    athleticism                                                                Ryan Chilton, Colorado State,7’0, 225, Senior.
                                                                               Peter Cornell, Loyola Marymount, 6’10.5*, 244.5, Senior.
 5. Vladimir Stepania, Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia), 6’11, 236,               Avondre Jones, Fresno State, 6’11, 240, Senior.
                                                 22 yrs. old in Aug.           Daniel Santiago, St. Vincent (PA), 6’10.65*, 242.5, Senior.
Note: Has 1 more year left on his contract overseas.                           Rolf van Rijn, Butler, 7’2, 260, Senior.
    STRENGTHS                          WEAKNESSES                              Bruno Sundov, Split (Croatia), 6’11, , 18 yrs. old.
    mobility                           overall defense                         Antanas Vilcinskas, Valparaiso, 7’0, 250, Senior.
    shooting skills

 6. Andrew Betts, Long Beach St., 7’0.75*, 257.5, Senior.                      Forwards: Grade: B.
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                  1. Paul Pierce, Kansas, 6’6*, 229.5, Junior.
    rebounding                      physical strength
                                                                                                                                (Continued on page 13)
    shot blocking                   college competition
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(Continued from page 12)                                                            moving without the ball          physical strength
     STRENGTHS                         WEAKNESSES                                   toughness                        foot speed
     perimeter shooting                physical toughness
     fundamentally sound               conditioning                           Career Avg.: .491 fg%, .747 ft%, .358 3pt%, 18.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2 apg.
     attacking the basket              individual defense                     Best year: ‘97-’98: .481 fg%, .750 ft%, .370 3pt%, 23.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg.
     rebounding                        ball handling
     quick leaping ability             moving w/o the ball                     7. Al Harrington, St. Patrick (NJ) High School, 6’8, 220.
     shooting off screens                                                         STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES
                                                                                  perimeter shooting               age
Career Avg.: .481 fg%, .355 3pt%, .697 ft%, 16.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg.                    well rounded game                physical strength
Best year: ‘97-‘98: .513 fg%, .339 3pt%, .738 ft%, 20.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg.             maturity / intelligence
 2. Antawn Jamison, North Carolina, 6’7.75*, 230.5, Junior.
    STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES                                   8. Keon Clark, UNLV, 6’10.5*, 220.5, Senior. Left handed.
    competitive nature            ball handling                                   STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES
    aggressiveness                perimeter shooting                              long arms / shot blocking     perimeter shooting
    quick leaping ability         physical strength                               finishing at the basket       off court troubles
    fundamentally sound           no defined position                             jump hook                     low post offense
    offensive rebounding          perimeter defense                                                             foul shooting
                                                                                                                physical strength
Career Avg.: .577 fg%, .617 ft%, 19.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg.                                                             conditioning
Best year: ‘97-’98: .579 fg%, .667 ft%, 22.2 ppg, 10.5 rpg.
                                                                              Career Avg.: .554 fg%, .638 ft%, 14.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.5 bpg.
 3. Raef LaFrentz, Kansas, 6’11.5*, 235, Senior. Left handed.                 Best year: ‘96-’97: .556 fg%, .629 ft%, 14.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.9 bpg.
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
    fundamentally sound             physical strength                          9. Rashard Lewis, Alief Elsik (Houston) High School, 6’9, 220.
    perimeter shooting              quickness                                     STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
    rebounding                      nagging injuries                              perimeter shooting              slow shot release
    hustle / aggressiveness                                                       upside potential                physical strength
    coachable                                                                     versatility                     moving without the ball
                                                                                  attacking the basket            work ethic
Career Avg.: .555 fg%, .712 ft%, 15.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg.                                                      age
Best year: ‘97-’98:                                                                                               inexperience

 4. Dirk Nowitzki, DJK Wurzburg (Germany), 6’11, 237,                         10. Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 6’10*, 245, Junior.
                                           20 yrs. old on 6/19.                   STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES
Note: It’s unknown whether Dirk will be able to play in the NBA this              shot blocking ability         off court troubles
    fall. He may play overseas.                                                   running the floor and dunking offensive skills
    STRENGTHS                         WEAKNESSES                                  athleticism                   foul shooting
    ball handling                     defense                                                                   maturity
    attacking the basket              physical strength                                                         limited shooting range
    perimeter shooting                age
                                                                              Career Avg.: .694 fg%, .462 ft%, 10.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg.
 5. Robert Traylor, Michigan, 6’7.5*, 288.5, Junior.                          Best year: ‘96-’97: .756 fg%, .446 ft%, 10.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg.
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
    strong, soft hands              foul shooting                             11. Matt Harpring, Georgia Tech, 6’6.5*, 231, Senior.
    passing skills                  conditioning                                  STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
    leadership skills               keeping weight down                           toughness                      quickness
    shooting touch                  quickness                                     rebounding                     overall defense
    foot work                                                                     fundamentally sound            foot speed
                                                                                  passing skills
Career Avg.: .566 fg%, .545 ft%, 13.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.5 apg.                      perimeter shooting
Best year: ‘97-’98: .579 fg%, .642 ft%, 16.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.6 apg.
                                                                              Career Avg. : .465 fg%, .753 ft%, 17.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 apg
 6. Pat Garrity, Notre Dame, 6’9*, 237, Senior.                               Best year: ‘95-’96: .510 fg%, .429 3pt%, .762 ft%, 18.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg.
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
    perimeter shooting              quickness
    fundamentally sound             overall defense                                                                            (Continued on page 14)
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(Continued from page 13)                                                             mid range shot                   conditioning
12. Roshown McLeod, Duke, 6’8*, 221, Senior.                                         rebounding                       quickness
    STRENGTHS                    WEAKNESSES                                          ball handling skills
    athleticism                  lateral quickness
    willingness to improve       physical strength                             Career Avg.: .492 fg%, .304 3pt%, .748 ft%, 16.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg.
    low post offense             ball handling
    fundamentally sound          shooting on the move                          19. Clayton Shields, New Mexico, 6’7*, 211, Senior.
    perimeter shooting                                                             STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
                                                                                   stand still perimeter shot     quickness
Career Avg.: .479 fg%, .735 ft%, .383 3pt%, 10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg.                     rebounding                     overall defense
Best year: ‘97-’98: .494 fg%, .706 ft%, .411 3pt%, 15.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg.              shooting range: 20+ ft.        passing skills

13. Ansu Sesay, Mississippi, 6’8*, 223, Senior. Left handed.                   Career Avg.: .472 fg%, .703 ft%, .408 3pt%, 14.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg.
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES                                Best year: ‘97-’98: .457 fg%, .733 ft%, .407 3pt%, 16.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg.
    versatility                      physical strength
    ball handling—crossover dribble toughness                                  20. Brad Miller, Purdue, 6’11*, 255.5, Senior.
    quick shot release               consistent perimeter shot                     STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
                                                                                   perimeter shooting              quickness
Career Avg.: .428 fg%, .720 ft%, 13.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg.                       running the floor               conditioning
Best year: ‘97-’98: .456 fg%, 18.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1 bpg, 1 spg.            passing skills                  physical strength
14. Brian Skinner, Baylor, 6’9*, 255, Senior.                                      shot blocking
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
    physical strength               raw offensive skills                       Career Avg.: .572 fg%, .754 ft%, 12.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg.
    rebounding                      passing out of double teams                Best year: ‘97-’98: .632 fg%, .780 ft%, 17.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg.
    shot blocking                   limited shooting range
    athleticism                     hands                                      21. Korleone Young, Hargrave Academy, 6’6.5*, 213.
                                                                                   STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES
Career Avg.: .575 fg%, .558 ft%, 16.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.4 bpg.                       long arms: 84 in wing span    no defined position
Best year: ‘97-’98: .553 fg%, .591 ft%, 18.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.5 bpg.                scoring around the basket     ball handling
15. Mirsad Turkcan, Efes Pilsen (Turkey), 6’8*, 236, 22 yrs. old.                                                perimeter shooting
    STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
    rebounding                     physical strength                           22. Ruben Patterson, Cincinnati, 6’5*, 224, Senior.
    perimeter shooting                                                             STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
                                                                                   athleticism                     passing skills
16. J.R. Henderson, UCLA, 6’9*, 226, Senior.                                       playing the passing lanes       overall defense
    STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES                                       attacking the basket            perimeter shooting
    leadership skills             no defined position                                                              ball handling
    versatility                   physical strength
    shooting range: 18 ft.        lateral quickness                            Career Avg.: .515 fg%, .607 ft%, 14.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 spg.
    passing skills                toughness                                    Best year: ‘97-’98: .472 fg%, .611 ft%, 16.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg.

Career Avg.: .549 fg%, .638 ft%, 14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg.                            23. Tremaine Fowlkes, Fresno State, 6’7*, 208, Junior.
Best year: ‘97-’98: .536 fg%, .638 ft%, 19.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg.                         STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
                                                                                   rebounding                      inconsistent perimeter shot
17. Andrae Patterson, Indiana, 6’8, 240, Senior.                                   athleticism                     physical strength
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES                                    running the floor               foul shooting
    perimeter shooting               consistency                                   finishing around the basket     shot selection
    passing skills                   physical toughness
    foul shooting                    mental toughness                          Career Avg.: .461 fg%, .647 ft%, 13.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg.
                                                                               Best year: ‘97-’98: .491 fg%, .636 ft%, 13.5 ppg, 11.2 rpg.
Career Avg.: .479 fg%, .755 ft%, .313 3pt%, 11.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg.
Best year: .495 fg%, .793 ft%, .278 3pt%, 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 bpg.          24. Zendon Hamilton, St. John’s, 6’11, 241, Senior. Left handed.
                                                                                   STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
18. DeMarco Johnson, UNC Charlotte, 6’7*, 244, Senior.                             drawing fouls                   finishing around the basket
    STRENGTHS                    WEAKNESSES
    versatility                  athleticism                                                                                    (Continued on page 15)
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(Continued from page 14)                                                        Best year: ‘97-’98: .478 fg%, .689 ft%, 9.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg.
     rebounding                        passing skills
     aggressiveness                    limited shooting range                   30. Brett Robisch, Oklahoma State, 6’10*, 251, Senior.
                                       physical strength                            STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
                                                                                    fundamentally sound             physical strength
Career Avg.: .475 fg%, .704 ft%, 15.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg,.                                perimeter shooting              quickness
Best year: ‘95-’96: .486 fg%, .797 ft%, 20.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg.                         foul shooting                   foot speed
                                                                                    passing skills
25. Corey Louis, Florida State, 6’9, 225, Senior.                                   shooting touch
    STRENGTHS                         WEAKNESSES
    shot blocking                     consistency                               Career Avg.: .508 fg%, .717 ft%, .321 3pt%, 8.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg.
    active around the basket          physical strength                         Best year: ‘97-’98: .500 fg%, .782 ft%, 15.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 apg.
    passing skills                    foul shooting
    rebounding                        finishing around the basket               31. Maceo Baston, Michigan, 6’9, 210, Senior.
                                                                                    STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
Career Avg.: .483 fg%, .625 ft%, 10.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg.                        shot blocking                  physical strength
Best year: ‘97-’98: .556 fg%, .561 ft%, 10.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg.                 long arms                      consistency
                                                                                    finishing around the basket    ball handling
26. Torraye Braggs, Xavier, 6’7*, 237, Senior.                                      running the floor              foul shooting
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                                                     foul prone
    active around the basket        undersized
    rebounding                      perimeter shooting skills                   Career Avg.: .625 fg%, .648 ft%, 10.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg.
    physical strength               no defined position                         Best year: ‘97-’98: .589 fg%, .654 ft%, 12.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg.
    NBA body
                                                                                32. Jerod Ward, Michigan, 6’9, 215, Senior.
Career Avg.: .550 fg%, .727 ft%, 13.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.5 apg.                    Note: Tore meniscus in his right knee as a freshman and toe his ACL
Best year: ‘97-’98: .541 fg%, .731 ft%, 13.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.4 apg.                 in his left knee as a sophomore.
                                                                                    STRENGTHS                          WEAKNESSES
27. Bakari Hendrix, Gonzaga, 6’7.25*, 236, Senior.                                  work ethic                         physical strength
    STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES                                       coachable                          lacks explosiveness
    rebounding                     undersized                                       NBA range                          shot selection
    hustle and aggressiveness      ball handling skills                             willingness to improve             foul shooting
    perimeter shooting             slow shot release                                team defense                       consistency
                                   lacks explosiveness
                                   WCC competition                              Career Avg.: .389 fg%, .654 ft%, .339 3pt%, 9.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg.
                                                                                Best year: ‘97-’98: .441 fg%, .677 ft%, .379 3pt%, 13.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg.
Career Avg.: .524 fg%, .716 ft%, .273 3pt%, 14.1 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.6 bpg.
Best year: ‘97-’98: .525 fg%, .733 ft#, .346 3pt%, 19.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg.           33. Norman Nolan, Virginia, 6’8, 243, Senior.
                                                                                    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
28. Randell Jackson, Florida State, 6’9.75*, 210.5, Junior.                         low post scoring                no defined position
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES                                     rebounding                      foul shooting
    shot blocking                    shot selection                                 coachable                       foot speed
    athleticism                      physical strength                              willingness to improve          lacks quickness
    perimeter shooting skills        ball handling                                  strong hands
                                                                                Career Avg.: .487 fg%, .597 ft%, 10.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg.
Career Avg.: .474 fg%, .674 ft%, 11.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg.                    Best year: ‘97-’98: .524 fg%, .648 ft%, 21.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg.
Best year: ‘97-’98: .487 fg%, .720 ft%, 12.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg.
                                                                                Other Possible 2nd Round Picks or Rookie Free Agents:
29. Sean Marks, California, 6’10*, 242, Senior.                                 Adebayo Akinkunle, Bradley, 6’8.5, 220, Senior.
Note: Suffered bad ankle sprains freshman and sophomore seasons                 Boubacar Aw, Georgetown, 6’7, 217, Senior.
    and also had shin splints as a sophomore.                                   Austin Bates, Vanderbilt, 6’9, 243, Senior.
    STRENGTHS                          WEAKNESSES                               Joey Beard, Boston University, 6’9, 236, Senior.
    hustle and aggressiveness          injury prone                             Chandar Bingham, Virginia Union, 6’9, 210, Sophomore.
    coachable                          physical strength                        Ryan Bowen, Iowa, 6’8.75*, 212.5, Senior.
    perimeter shooting                 conditioning                             Bobby Brannen, Cincinnati, 6’7.5, 232, Senior.

Career Avg.: .487 fg%, .669 ft%, 6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg.                                                                                (Continued on page 16)
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(Continued from page 15)                                                      Freshman stats.: .415 fg%, .692 ft%, .290 3pt%, 20.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg.
Todd Burgan, Syracuse, 6’7, 220, Senior.
Mickey Curley, Boston College, 6’9.5, 260, Senior.                             4. Bonzi Wells, Ball State, 6’5*, 213, Senior.
Carlos Daniel, Washington State, 6’8, 240, Senior.                                STRENGTHS                         WEAKNESSES
Sean Daugherty, Wisconsin, 6’10.5, 237, Senior.                                   physical strength                 ball handling
Bennett Davison, Arizona, 6’6.5*, 214.5, Senior.                                  playing the passing lanes         consistent perimeter shot
Nick Davis, Arkansas, 6’8.5*, 200, Senior.                                        rebounding                        overall shooting skills
Simon Dwight, Australia, 6’9, 216.                                                versatility
Rodney Elliott, Maryland, 6’8*, 223, Senior.                                      athleticism
Steve Goodrich, Princeton, 6’8.75*, 239.5, Senior.                                explosive leaping ability
Jerry Hester, Illinois, 6’6, 209, Senior.
J.J. Lucas, Hawai’i Pacific, 6’10, 268, Senior.                               Career Avg.: .480 fg%, .681 ft%, .325 3pt%, 21.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3 spg.
Michael Maddox, Georgia Tech, 6’7*, 217, Senior.                              Best year: ‘95-’96: .494 fg%, .708 ft%, .337 3pt%, 25.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg.
Makhtar Ndiaye, North Carolina, 6’8.5*, 245, Senior.
Ryan Perryman, Dayton, 6’7, 228, Senior.                                       5. Michael Dickerson, Arizona, 6’5, 190, Senior.
Jay Poerner, Southern Methodist, 6’10, 214, Senior.                               STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
Ryan Stack, South Carolina, 6’11, 217, Senior.                                    quick first step                shooting w/ hand in his face
Jarod Stevenson, Richmond, 6’6.5, 202, Senior.                                    individual defense              ball handling
Eric Taylor, St. Francis, PA, 6’8, 245, Senior.                                   physical strength               shooting off screens
Kelly Thames, Missouri, 6’8, 218, Senior.                                         conditioning
Marko Tusek, BC Union Olimpia-Slovenia, 6’7.5*, 261.5.                            willingness to improve
Winfred Walton, Fresno State, 6’8*, 232, Sophomore
Horatio Webster, Mississippi State, 6’7, 240, Senior.
                                                                              Career Avg.: .458 fg%, .367 3pt%, .740 ft%, 13.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg.
Tyrone Weeks, Massachusetts, 6’6, 250, Senior.
                                                                              Best year: ‘97-’98: .510 fg%, .404 3pt%, .758 ft%, 18.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg.
Evan Wiley, Oklahoma, 6’9.5, 256, Senior.
                                                                               6. Corey Benjamin, Oregon State, 6’5.5*, 203.5, Sophomore.
                                                                                  STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
Guards: Grade: B.                                                                 outstanding athleticism        shot selection
 1. Mike Bibby, Arizona, 6’1*, 194, Sophomore.                                    leaping ability           perimeter shooting
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                    attacking the basket           ball handling
    court awareness / court vision  quickness / agility                           playing the passing lanes      physical strength
    ball handling skills            physical strength
    willingness to improve          athleticism                               Career Avg.: .491 fg%, .688 ft%, .305 3pt%, 17.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg.
    leadership skills               individual defense                        Best year: ‘97-’98: .539 fg%, .713 ft%, .293 3pt%, 19.8 ppg, 5 rpg.
    NBA 3 pt. range
    decision making                                                            7. Toby Bailey, UCLA, 6’5.5*, 213, Senior.
                                                                                  STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
Career Avg.: .456 fg%, .390 3pt%, .730 ft%, 15.4 ppg, 5.5 apg.                    athleticism                    shot selection
Best year: ‘97-’98: .464 fg%, .387 3pt%, .755 ft%, 17.2 ppg, 5.7 apg.             quick leaping ability          ball handling
                                                                                  takes and makes big shots      consistent perimeter shot
 2. Vince Carter, North Carolina, 6’5.5*, 219, Junior.                            overall defense
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES                                   rebounding
    athleticism                      ball handling
    explosive leaping ability        shooting w/ a hand in his face           Career Avg.: .459 fg%, .341 3pt%, .667 ft%, 14.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg.
    physical strength                consistency                              Best year: ‘97-’98: .443 fg%, .324 3pt%, 17.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg.
    willingness to improve           moving without the ball
                                                                               8. Miles Simon, Arizona, 6’3*, 202, Senior.
Career Avg.: .547 fg%, .705 ft%, .368 3pt%, 12.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2 apg.             STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES
Best year: .’97-’98: 591 fg%, .68 ft%, .411 3pt%, 15.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg.              competitiveness                  slow shot release
                                                                                  finishing around the basket      shooting from his shoulder
 3. Larry Hughes, St. Louis, 6’4.5*, 183.5, Freshman.                             passing skills                   physical strength
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES                                   big game player                  ball handling
    athleticism                      age; inexperience
    ball handling                    physical strength                        Career Avg.: .463 fg%, .374 3pt%, .767 ft%, 14.6 ppg, 4.0 apg.
    maturity                         consistent perimeter shot                Best year: ‘96-’97: .455 fg%, .405 3pt%, .754 ft%, 18.4 ppg, 4.2 apg.
    willingness to take big shot     injuries to wrists last yr.
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(Continued from page 16)                                                            finishing around the basket      overall defense
 9. Jason Williams, Florida, 6’1, 190, Junior.
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES                               Career Avg.: .437 fg%, .718 ft%, .365 3pt%, 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1 spg.
    passing skills                   off court troubles                       Best year: ‘97-’98: .426 fg%, .727 ft%, .324 3pt%, 18.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg.
    ball handling skills             tries to over do it too much
    perimeter shooting               physical strength                        15. Tyronn Lue, Nebraska, 6’0*, 178, Junior.
    toughness                        inability to take criticism                  STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
                                                                                  quickness                      shoots first, passes second
Career Avg.: .483 fg%, .394 3pt%, .793 ft%, 14.9 ppg, 6.5 apg.                    quick hands                    turnover prone
Best year: ‘97-’98: .441 fg%, .403 3pt%, .840 ft%, 17.1 ppg, 6.7 apg.             perimeter shooting             decision making
                                                                                                                 physical strength
10. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso, 6’2*, 187.5, Senior.
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                Career Avg.: .446 fg%, .356 3pt%, .788 ft%, 15.9 ppg, 4.4 apg.
    coach’s son                     athleticism                               Best year: ‘97-’98: .439 fg%, .373 3pt%, .828 ft%, 21.2 ppg, 4.8 apg.
    fundamentally sound             quickness
    perimeter shooting              bad hamstrings                            16. Jeff Sheppard, Kentucky, 6’3, 190, Senior.
    decision making                                                               STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
                                                                                  athleticism                     quickness
Career Avg.: .449 fg%, .834 ft%, .435 3pt%, 17.7 ppg, 5.2 apg.                    shooting off screens            creating his own shot
Best year: ‘96-’97: .461 fg%, .879 ft%, 457 3pt%, 19.9 ppg, 4.7 apg.              moving w/o the ball             ball handling
                                                                                  finishing around the basket     foul shooting
11. Ricky Davis, Iowa, 6’5.5*, 201, Freshman.                                     leaping ability
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES
    athleticism                      age; inexperience                        Career Avg.: .461 fg%, .691 ft%, .388 3pt%, 8.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1 spg.
    attacking the basket             consistent perimeter shot                Best year: ‘97-’98: .444 fg%, .703 ft%, .376 3pt%, 13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg.
    leaping ability                  physical strength & weight
    rebounding                       ball handling                            17. Corey Brewer, Oklahoma, 6’1.5*, 193.5, Senior.
    running the floor                passing skills                               STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES
                                                                                  leadership skills             turnover prone
Freshman stats: .466 fg%, .308 3pt%, 15.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg.                  overall defense               decision making
                                                                                  rebounding                    undersized shooting guard
12. Felipe Lopez, St. John’s, 6’4.75*, 198.5, Senior.                             toughness
    STRENGTHS                         WEAKNESSES
    athleticism                       consistent perimeter shot               Career Avg.: .428 fg%, .789 ft%, .349 3pt%, 19.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg.
    rebounding                        shooting on the move                    Best year: ‘97-’98: .429 fg%, .798 ft%, .375 3pt%, 20.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg.
    running the floor                 creating his own shot
    coachable                         foul shooting                           18. Jeremy Veal, Arizona State, 6’2.5*, 185.5, Senior.
    playing the passing lanes         ball handling                               STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES
                                      decision making                             versatility                      consistent perimeter shot
                                                                                  passing skills                   physical strength
Career Avg.: .415 fg%, .658 ft%, .296 3pt%, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg.                    moving w/o the ball              ball handling skills
Best year: ‘97-’98: .431 fg%, .573 ft%, .337 3pt%, 17.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg.             overall defense

13. Cory Carr, Texas Tech, 6’3*, 211.5, Senior.                               Career Avg.: .445 fg%, .397 3pt%, .793 ft%, 16.3 ppg, 3.4 apg.
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                Best year: ‘97-’98: .461 fg%, .421 3pt%, .787 ft%, 20.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg.
    physical strength               ball handling skills
    athleticism                     creating his own shot                     19. Anthony Carter, Hawai’i, 6’0*, 197, Senior.
    NBA 3pt. range                                                            Note: Had surgery 6 / 9 to repair an injured left shoulder.
    moving w/o the ball                                                           STRENGTHS                           WEAKNESSES
                                                                                  quickness                           decision making
Career Avg.: .428 fg%, .797 ft%, .366 3pt%, 16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg.                    passing skills                      consistent perimeter shot
Best year: ‘97-’98: .423 fg%, .861 ft%, 338 3pt%, 23.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg.              physical strength                   turnover prone
                                                                                  ball handling
14. Sam Jacobson, Minnesota, 6’4*, 219, Senior.                                   finishing at the basket
    STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
    athleticism; leaping ability   consistent perimeter shot                  Career Avg.: .474 fg%, .714 ft%, .330 3pt%, 18.4 ppg, 6.9 apg.
    creating his own shot          ball handling skills                       Best year: ‘97-’98: .453 fg%, .782 ft%, .309 3pt%, 18.2 ppg, 7.3 apg.
    rebounding                     conditioning                                                                                (Continued on page 18)
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                                    1998 Eligible NBA Draft List As of June 18th
                                                  ∗    Height listed has been measured without shoes.

(Continued from page 17)                                                            athleticism                      ball handling
                                                                                    physical strength                decision making
20. Shammond Williams, North Carolina, 6’1*, 200.5, Senior.                         toughness                        no defined position
    STRENGTHS                    WEAKNESSES
    perimeter shooting           playmaking ability                           Career Avg.: .389 fg%, .715 ft%, .307 3pt%, 16.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg.
    foul shooting                shooting against taller players              Best year: ‘96-’97: .394 fg%, .720 ft%, .279 3pt%, 16.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg.
    fundamentally sound          ball handling
    rebounding                                                                26. Greg Buckner, Clemson, 6’3.5*, 210, Senior.
    NBA 3pt range                                                                 STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
                                                                                  moving w/o the ball            consistent perimeter shot
Career Avg.: .455 fg%, .849 ft%, .403 3pt%, 10.8 ppg, 3 apg.                      physical strength              foul shooting
Best year: ‘97-’98: .488 fg%, .911 ft%, .400 3pt%, 16.8 ppg, 4.2 apg.             rebounding                     ball handling
                                                                                  versatility                    creating his own shot
21. Mike Jones, TCU, 6’3, 210, Senior.                                            leadership skills              foul shooting
    STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES                                    work ethic
    athleticism                     consistent perimeter shot
    scoring in transition           ball handling                             Career Avg.: .504 fg%, .665 ft%, .276 3pt%, 14.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg.
    versatility                     creating his own shot                     Best year: ‘97-’98: .537 fg%, .696 ft%, .328 3pt%, 16.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg.
    rebounding                      playing in the half court
    physical strength               overall quickness                         27. Rafer Alston, Fresno State, 6’1.75*, 170.5, Junior.
                                                                                  Played the ‘94-’95 season at Ventura junior college and the
Career Avg.: .471 fg%, .795 ft%, .378 3pt%, 19.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5 apg.             ‘96-’97 season at Fresno Community College.
Best year: ‘97-’98: .480 fg%, .803 ft%, .378 3pt%, 21.3 apg, 5.5 apg.             STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES
                                                                                  quickness                        off court troubles
22. Malcolm Johnson, TCU, 6’3*, 199.5, Senior.                                    passing skills                   physical strength
    STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES                                      ball handling                    decision making
    scoring in transition         consistent perimeter shot                       quick hands                      perimeter shooting
    finishing around the basket   ball handling
    rebounding                    quickness                                   Junior stats: .401 fg%, .758 ft%, .337 3pt%, 11.0 ppg, 7.3 apg.
    physical strength             playing in the half court
                                                                              28. Melvin Watson, South Carolina, 6’0*, 204, Senior.
Career Avg.: .447 fg%, .722 ft%, .357 3pt%, 18.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg.                    STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES
Best year: ‘97-’98: .458 fg%, .783 ft%, .370 3pt%, 18.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg.             versatility                    consistent perimeter shot
                                                                                  rebounding                     quickness
23. Charles Jones, Long Island, 6’2.75*, 190, Senior.                             physical strength              foul shooting
    STRENGTHS                        WEAKNESSES                                   team defense
    scoring in transition            ball handling
    finishing around the basket      decision making                          Career Avg.: .411 fg%, .683 ft%, .346 3pt%, 12 ppg, 4 rpg, 4.6 apg.
    creating his own shot            physical strength                        Best year: ‘96-’97: .450 fg%, .740 ft%, .337 3pt%, 12.2 ppg, 4.5 apg.
    rebounding                       playmaking ability
                                     foul shooting                            29. Earl Boykins, Eastern Michigan, 5’5, 130, Senior.
                                                                                  STRENGTHS                       WEAKNESSES
Career Avg.: .429 fg%, .640 ft%, .352 3pt%, 22.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg.                    quickness                       size
Best year: ‘97-’98: .453 fg%, .639 ft%, .344 3pt%, 29 ppg, 7.4 rpg.               perimeter shooting              physical strength
                                                                                  foul shooting                   individual defense
24. Tyson Wheeler, Rhode Island, 5’9.5*, 165, Senior. Left handed.                passing skills
    STRENGTHS                      WEAKNESSES                                     leadership skills
    quickness                      height & physical strength
    passing skills                 consistent perimeter shot                  Career Avg.: .439 fg%, .803 ft%, .353 3pt%, 18.1 ppg, 5.1 apg.
    scoring in traffic             decision making                            Best year: ‘97-’98: .472 fg%, .816 ft%, .407 3pt%, 25.7 ppg, 5.5 apg.
    ball handling
                                                                              Other Possible 2nd Round Picks or Rookie Free Agents:
Career Avg.: .412 fg%, .371 3pt%, 15.3 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.8 rpg.                 Elijah Allen, Fairleigh Dickinson, 6’1, 165, Senior.
Best year: ‘96-’97: .429 fg%, .381 3pt%, .718 ft%, 16.4 ppg, 5.6 apg.         Chad Austin, Purdue, 6’2, 194, Senior.
                                                                              Ishua Benjamin, North Carolina State, 6’3.5, 194, Senior.
25. Tyrone Nesby, UNLV, 6’6*, 237, Senior.                                    Rashid Bey, St. Joseph’s, 5’11, 177, Senior.
    STRENGTHS                     WEAKNESSES
    rebounding                    consistent perimeter shot                                                                    (Continued on page 19)
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       1998 Eligible NBA Draft List                                            1998 NBA Mock Draft (First Round Only)
                                As of June 18th                                                     As of June 18th
              ∗    Height listed has been measured without shoes.

                                                                           First Round
(Continued from page 18)
Roderick Blakney, South Carolina State, 5’10.5, Senior.
Antoine Brockington, Coppin State, 6’2, 165, Senior.                        1.   Los Angeles Clippers: Mike Bibby, Arizona
Gerald Brown, Pepperdine, 6’3, 210, Senior.                                 2.   Vancouver Grizzlies: Paul Pierce, Kansas
Marcus Bullard, Auburn-Montgomery, 6’3, 180, Junior.                        3.   Denver Nuggets: Michael Olowokandi, Pacific
Mike Campbell, Long Island, 6’5*, 194, Senior.
Tim Cole, NE Mississippi CC, 6’4*, 205, Sophomore.
                                                                            4.   Toronto Raptors: Robert Traylor, Michigan
Sean Colson, UNC Charlotte, 5’11.75*, 158.5, Senior.                        5.   Golden State Warriors: Larry Hughes, St. Louis
Paul Culbertson, Nevada, 6’5.5*, 194.5, Senior.                             6.   Dallas Mavericks: Antawn Jamison, North Carolina
Derrick Dial, Eastern Michigan, 6’4*, 184, Senior.                          7.   Sacramento Kings: Vince Carter, North Carolina
Antonio Granger, Boston College, 6’5.5, 209, Senior.
                                                                            8.   Philadelphia 76ers: Raef LaFrentz, Kansas
Eric Harris, Minnesota, 6’3, 203, Senior.
Clint “CC' Harrison, North Carolina State, 6’4, 196, Senior.                9.   Milwaukee Bucks: Michael Doleac, Utah
Mitch Henderson, Princeton, 6’2*, 192, Senior.                             10.   Boston Celtics: Dirk Nowitzki, Germany
Sarunas Jasikevicius, Maryland, 6’4, 205, Senior.                          11.   Detroit Pistons: Pat Garrity, Notre Dame
Kris Johnson, UCLA, 6’4, 220, Senior.                                      12.   Orlando Magic: Ansu Sesay, Mississippi
Mark Jones, Central Florida, 6’5*, 216, Senior.
Carlos Knox, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. (IUPUI), 6’1, 180, Senior.
                                                                           13.   Orlando Magic: Nazr Mohammed, Kentucky
Ahlon Lewis, Arizona State, 6’0, 188, Senior.                              14.   Houston Rockets: Rashard Lewis, Alief Elsik (HS)
Sam MacKinnon, SE Melbourne Magic (Australia), 6’5, 216.                   15.   Orlando Magic: Jason Williams, Florida
Drew Maddox, Vanderbilt, 6’3.5, 196, Senior.                               16.   Houston Rockets: Michael Dickerson, Arizona
Mark Miller, Illinois-Chicago, 6’2, 180, Junior.
                                                                           17.   Minnesota T’wolves: Radoslav Nesterovic, Italy
Cuttino Mobley, Rhode Island, 6’4, 190, Senior.
Damian Owens, West Virginia, 6’6, 213, Senior.                             18.   Houston Rockets: Bonzi Wells, Ball State
Josh Pittman, North Carolina-Asheville, 6’5.5, 204, Senior.                19.   Milwaukee Bucks: Keon Clark, UNLV
Tony Rutland, Wake Forest, 6’2, 181, Senior.                               20.   Atlanta Hawks: Matt Harpring, Georgia Tech
Marcus Saxon, Utah State, 6’2*, 208, Senior.                               21.   Charlotte Hornets: Vladimir Stepania, Slovenia
Alika Smith, Hawai’i, 6’2, 185, Senior.
Nathan Smith, American, 6’1.5, 184, Senior.
                                                                           22.   Los Angeles Clippers: Al Harrington,
Curtis Staples, Virginia, 6’3, 200, Senior.                                                                       St. Patrick NJ (HS)
Billy Thomas, Kansas, 6’4, 206, Senior.                                    23.   Denver Nuggets: Felipe Lopez, St. John’s
Kevin Turner, Illinois, 6’2, 170, Senior.                                  24.   San Antonio Spurs: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso
Raymond Tutt, Cal-Santa Barbara, 6’4, 205, Senior.                         25.   Indiana Pacers: Brian Skinner, Baylor
Saddi Washington, Western Michigan, 6’3.5, 186, Senior.
Jarrod West, West Virginia, 5’10, 172, Senior.
                                                                           26.   Los Angeles Lakers: Roshown McLeod, Duke
Steve Wojciechowski, Duke, 5’11.5, 176, Senior.                            27.   Seattle Sonics: Corey Benjamin, Oregon State
                                                                           28.   Chicago Bulls: Ricky Davis, Iowa
                                                                           29.   Utah Jazz: Miles Simon, Arizona
◊    TCU junior F Lee Nailon withdrew his name from the
                                                                           ∗     The mock draft will be updated at the web site based
◊    Lamar Odom withdrew his name from the Draft and was
                                                                                 on trades, rumors, results from individual workouts,
     admitted into Rhode Island University. He will be a fresh-
     man in the fall.                                                            player’s stock rising or falling, etc.
◊    Also withdrawing their names from the Draft were:                     ∗     The NBA Draft will be June 24th, at GM Place in
     Dimitris Papanikolaou, Olympiakos (Greece); Marko                           Vancouver.
     Jaric of Peristeri (Greece); Bud Eley, Southeast Missouri
     State, Rico Harris of LA City College, and Sasa Markovic-
     Theodorakis of Panionios in Greece.
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