The NBA’s Chicago predraft camp wrapped up today at the Attack Athletics facility on the near West Side. DraftExpress.com, which does a very thorough job of covering the draft, is already out with a list of official heights and measurements of the top guys. Here are a few interesting numbers:
--Pittsburgh’s DeJaun Blair is one of the more intriguing athletes in the draft. He was one of the best low-post scorers in college basketball last year (15.7 ppg, 59.3 FG pct.), despite measuring just 6-foot-6 ½ in shoes. He has an eye-opening 7-2 wingspan, however, and a better standing reach than likely No. 1 pick Blake Griffin.
Tough to tell where Blair will go in the draft. Some projections have him in the top 10, others have him still on the board for the Bulls at No. 16.
--Ohio State center B.J. Mullens measured only about an inch shorter in shoes (7-1 ¼) than Connecticut’s Hasheem Thabeet (7-2 ½), although that hardly makes up for Mullens’ alarming lack of production as a Buckeye freshman (8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds). Thabeet is likely to be chosen No. 2 by Memphis or No. 3 by Oklahoma City. Mullens figures to go late first round.
--Several big men in this year’s draft have impressive wingspans. Louisville’s Earl Clark measured 6-10 ¼ in shoes with a span of 7-2 ½. Gonzaga sophomore Austin Daye stood 6-10 ¾ with a 7-2 ¾ wingspan, but weighed in at a scrawny 192 pounds. Arizona’s Jordan Hill, who is expected to be gone by the fourth pick, is 6-10 ¼ in shoes with a 7-1 ½ wingspan.
--Here are some other heights in shoes by notable draft candidates: Tyler Hansbrough 6-9 ½, Blake Griffin 6-10, Gerald Henderson 6-5, Stephen Curry 6-3 ¼, USC’s Demar Derozan 6-6 ½, Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn 6-0 ¾.