The upcoming 2013 NBA Draft is being met with little fanfare. Many are citing the lack of a “superstar” prospect as their reasoning for regarding this summer’s draft with the same contempt as the 2000 NBA Draft (that draft was terrible, just look!). Even the players assumed to be taken at the top of the Lottery, Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore, are not expected to set the Association on fire in their first seasons. That does not mean the Atlanta Hawks cannot find a quality player when they get to use their two first round picks (#17 & #18, respectively).
One such playerÂ who could help the Hawks andÂ may be available is a former German skateboarder. Wait, what? A former German skateboarder? Yes, a former German skateboarder. Allow me to introduce you to Dennis Schroeder. He’s a 6-1, 19-year old PG, and he credits much of his rapid basketball development to his skateboarding background. Radical!
Schroeder turned heads at last month’s Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Oregon. This year’s Summit was no joke. Schroeder went head-to-head with several players likely to be heading to an NBA arena near you in fall of 2014. Jabari Parker (Duke), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Julius Randle (Kentucky) are all slated to be one-and-done players in the NCAA this season and Lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. And Schroeder more than held his own playing against this competition. He finished with 18 Â points and six assists in the actual Nike Hoops Summit game.
This weekend, Schroeder will continue his attempt to impress NBA scouts and GM’s at the NBA Draft Combine (Here’s the TV scheduleÂ for the combine, if you want to check out Schroeder). Many feel Schroeder has to improve his strength and shooting efficiency. This should surprise you none. The same things seem to always be said about young point guards prior to the draft (Just look at the weaknesses in Jeff Teague’s pre-draft analysis). These are issues Schroeder should be able to work through and improve upon.
Dennis Schroeder is a player that the Hawks should consider, if he happens to be available at #17 or #18. HeÂ seems to haveÂ the potential to be a quality NBA player. A player I hope the Hawks get an opportunity to select. If nothing else, a Dennis Schroeder skateboard exhibition as Philips Arena halftime entertainment would be great to see!
Check out the video below where Dennis Schroeder talks about his road to the 2013 NBA Draft when working out at the combine in Chicago.
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