Tuesday June 23, 2009
Ricky Moore, Vonteego Cummings, and Michael Curry. Just three Augustans who've played in the NBA. That list could add another name with the possiblity of Garret Siler getting a shot in short order.
For the past three years, the Augusta State big man has pretty much been the coverboy for the team. Now, it's his turn to shine on the national stage. Thursday night the N.B.A draft is being held. Unlike most other sports, there's only two rounds and 60 picks. Not a lot in the scheme of things. So will Siler get a look and will he be one of the "elite 60"?
Siler has a few things working in his favor. First of all, there's a lack of big men in the draft. Only a couple of true centers will be picked but none have the physical makeup of the 6'11" Siler. Ever since his playing days finished at ASU three months ago, Siler has lost even more weight and is probably in the best shape of his life, which by NBA standards, is almost where he needs to be. Another thing gonig for him, his work ethic. Nobody has worked harder to improve his game over the past three to five years then the Richmond Academy product. Remember, he only played like one year of high school ball and was well overweight when the Jags and Dip Metress took a chance on him.
Shortly after the season ended, Siler played in the Portsmith Classic, a who's who of college kids getting a look by a number of NBA scouts. Siler was named Most Valuable Player and the stock started to soar. He signed with an agent, went to Phoenix and got the stock took off more with scouts watching pretty much every move he made.
Since then, he's been on a tour of NBA cities having workouts for possible future employers. Right now it looks like the Hawks, Mavericks, and Heat are seriously considering taking him. Will he be an immediate impact player in the league, no. But you can't teach size and the power he possess. There's plenty of upside on Garret and if he lands on the right team with the right coaching staff, the potential is pretty high.
So will he be selected? My best guess is yes, late in the second round. Atlanta picks late and Miami has the very last pick in the draft. Having brought Siler back in this week leads me to think they want the big guy.
Even if he's not drafted, a team will sign him and then, who knows, may make a roster as a free agent.
Good luck Garret, Augusta is rooting for you!!