Friday, May 24, 2013

Bucks Pre Draft Workout Features Guards Galore

Glen Rice Jr.
The Bucks held their first pre-draft workout yesterday in Milwaukee. Six guards headlined the day's ballot at the Cousins Center, all of impressive caliber to John Hammond, whose team is currently undergoing a bit of an identity crisis.

The current coaching vacancy for the Bucks is just one of the general manager's many pressing concerns this off-season. Talks of the team's future in Milwaukee have been reignited recently, and pressure to make a meaningful draft pick this June is only just starting. On top of that, add the need to boost morale among the Bucks staff and fans, and Hammond's summer calendar is daunting.  

Tuesday's initial workout was meant to address a more present issue, however. All three of Milwaukee's core guards enter unstable contract statuses this off-season, including restricted and unrestricted free agency. Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, and J.J. Redick will all be in limbo this summer, every one of the trio known to be entertaining offers from other organizations.

Glen Rice Jr., Will Clyburn, James Southerland, Tony Snell, Junior Cadougan, and Tyrone Gordon are the names of the first group brought in to protect against any loss from the guard corps in 2013. Clyburn, Southerland, Snell, Cadougan, and Gordon come into the session as recent college prospects, while Rice's 2012 was notable for leading the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers to their second championship in four seasons.

Glen Rice Jr. Plays Well In D-League 

The son of 15-year NBA veteran Glen Rice, Rice Jr. was dismissed from the Georgia Bulldogs basketball team in March 2012 for drunken driving. He entered the D-League draft in November of that year, but did not see ample playing time in Texas until February. He quickly earned a starting spot with the Vipers, finishing the regular season with three double-doubles and a spot on the league's All-Rookie second team. In the playoffs, Rice Jr. wowed scouts by averaging nearly a double-double every contest, including a stunning 25 points per night.

The 22 year old Rice is the featured guard in the first round of team workouts, and is the only one of the six to have been interviewed by the Bucks at last week's combine in Chicago. Cadougan and Gordon will be names more recognizable to Milwaukeeans, however, both having careers in the city prior to the workout. Gordon played his high school ball at Pius XI on Milwaukee's west side before heading to South Dakota's Dakota State. Cadougan, meanwhile, started at point guard for Marquette last season, helping the Golden Eagles to the Elite Eight in March.

The three remaining prospects, Clyburn, Southerland, and Snell joined Rice at the combine, each putting up their best college stats in the 2012 season. Snell is the youngest of the three, opting out of his senior year at New Mexico, while Clyburn and Southerland both graduated in May from Iowa State and Syracuse, respectively.

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