06-22-2006, 11:52 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2006
there is not much size in this draft worth lookin at. Only Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox are any good and Wallace is proabbly staying in DEtroit (he would not fit well in the Nets motion offense because of his poor passing abilities) and Wilcox could only be a spark off the bench.
anyway I say draft Maurice Ager
NETS LOOK AT BIG TEN
By FRED KERBER
Maurice Ager (left), and James Augustine.
Post Photo Composite.
June 22, 2006 -- Size and athletes. Those have been themes dominating the Nets' NBA Draft auditions and yesterday was no exception as both elements were on display, particularly from the Big Ten.
Illinois' 6-9 forward James Augustine showed the size the Nets favor while Michigan State's Maurice Ager displayed the type of athleticism and energy that forces Net brass to consider "best player available" for a draft top-heavy with wing players.
"Augustine runs the floor extremely well, comes from a great program, has been a winner his four years," praised Nets GM Ed Stefanski, who also observed 6-9 Denver forward Yemi Nicholson and 6-5 Louisiana-Lafayette guard Dwayne Mitchell. "He's a guy who definitely is going to be drafted, a guy you'll see in the NBA."
Might that be with the Nets, who pick 22nd and 23rd on the first round, 54th on the second?
"He's in the second round early. He plays with a lot of energy, knows how to play on both ends and runs the floor extremely well," Stefanski said. "Augustine is one we have to consider even though he's limited offensively. We need bigs."
Augustine, Illinois' first-ever 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound guy, knows that. While he felt his shooting lacked yesterday, he likes what he offers.
"Athleticism, along with size. I'm able to do little things and I'm able to rebound which any team can always use," Augustine said. "I want to come in and bring the things a team needs. They obviously have scorers, they have people who can pass. They don't need that, but you can always use rebounding and somebody to run up and down the floor and do all the little things."
Ager, a "high-level athlete" Stefanski said, is the third Michigan State guy who worked out well for the Nets, following guard Shannon Brown and center Paul Davis. A sure two-guard, Ager acknowledged how the Nets seek help up front and at point guard.
"It's tough. That's why it's so important to play both positions," Ager said. "And at the end of the day a team should look at the best player to fit them whether it's a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5."