Fran Fraschilla: Agents Have "Ability to Control" NBA Draft

Rachel Hardy
May 18, 2017

"They want you in their system to have a chance to develop you and get you to be a real player for them that produces".

Rawle Alkins looked impressive at the National Basketball Association combine in Chicago as he scored a game high 18 points in the first five on five action. "So it was a good time". Yes, most of the attention is still on the playoffs and the Conference Finals, with only Tuesday's brief aside at the NBA Draft Lottery, but the NBA Draft will be here sooner than everyone thinks. They'll have an 11.9 percent chance of winning the lottery. Fox was a first team All-SEC selection past year.

Jackson has good length at 6-foot-8 and an 8-foot-8.5 standing reach.

In fairness, teams will sometimes pose questions to prospects that are deliberately unusual or even disturbing.

With a stacked draft class like the one we have this year, the Mavericks should get a great deal on a player no matter where they fall. "If I do that I will be happy with my life".

The Duke freshman point guard played well in the 5-on-5 portion of the NBA Draft combine at Quest Multisport Complex and that should help his draft stock going forward.

"I knew nobody in that draft could guard me one-on-one", he said with the utmost confidence.

"Frank Jackson is gonna be a bargain at the end of the first round because if you remember him in high school, he's athletic and he's a shooter and scorer, something the league covets", Fraschilla said. "I think their skills actually complement each other".

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The Sixers will interview Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox on Friday morning.

One of Fox's strengths is his speed and his off-the-charts athleticism.

Quick to acknowledge he's not a finished product, Mika said his decision will come down to "where I can develop best and quickest so I can contribute to a (NBA) team".

Especially since KD, who averaged 25.1 points and 4.8 assists last season, can ball.

"He just told me to be myself, to be vocal and compete and play hard", he said.

Projected No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is expected to attend, but's Chad Ford said the Washington Huskies product won't work out. And yes, he'll interview with the Phoenix Suns, reports ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Sixers draft pick Furkan Korkmaz wants out of Europe and hopes to be in a Philly uniform next season, sources said. Now college doesn't matter going into the professionals. Korkmaz has a complicated buyout that could prohibit from him from achieving his goal, according to sources.

This year's NBA Combine kicked off with a healthy dose of drama as Warriors superstar Kevin Durant's comments on how the whole thing is a waste of time sparked controversy. "They do due diligence on their background as to the kind of people they are, and agents are just - it's a power play that they control the market". Just keep grinding. It's a long grind, a long five or six weeks. If it doesn't help you [to] play, then don't play. You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.

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