05-11-2011, 09:34 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: Piston draft prospects
Bad news for the Detroit Pistons: Big men Jan Vesely, Jonas Valanciunas and Bismack Biyombo and Donatas Motiejunas are not scheduled to take part in the 2011 NBA draft combine in Chicago next week.
The good news? Everyone else the Detroit Pistons would likely consider taking with their first-round pick is scheduled to be there.
The NBA released a list of participants for the camp Wednesday, and Vesely, Valanciunas, Biyombo and Motiejunas were the most notable players missing from the list.
Enes Kanter, a 6-foot-10 center from Turkey who sat out his entire freshman season at Kentucky after being ruled ineligible, is scheduled to take part in the combine.
Keith Benson of Oakland University and Darius Morris of the University of Michigan also will take part.
The annual pre-draft camp will take place May 18-22 in Chicago. The Pistons, who finished with the seventh-worst record in the NBA last season, will find out which pick they will have in the draft Tuesday when the NBA holds its annual draft lottery.
The Pistons are most likely to pick either seventh or eighth but could pick in the top three spots if they get lucky in the lottery. There is also an outside chance they could pick as low as 10th if things don't go their way.
The Pistons selected Greg Monroe seventh overall last season after they stayed put in the seventh spot in the lottery.
The Pistons have held no individual workouts for potential draft picks at the practice facility at the Palace thus far. Last season, they held a handful of group workouts for potential second-round picks prior to the pre-draft camp in Chicago, but they have no plans to host any player workouts prior to the combine this season.
The Pistons will hold individual workouts for potential first- and second-round picks between the time the pre-draft camp ends and the draft, which is scheduled for June 23.
The Pistons did not have a representative at a recent pre-draft camp in New Jersey after several players pulled out in the days prior to the workout. Many of those players took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in early April in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Pistons were represented there.
Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars also was in Slovenia shortly after the season ended to scout international prospects.
•Tuesday: Draft lottery
•May 18-22: Pre-draft rookie camp in Chicago
•June 23: NBA draft
This sucks, it looks like 4 of the guys I really wanted to see aren't going to be participating. They either better have a good excuse or hopefully they're stock drops because of this. What gets me with this stuff is what are they so afraid of?