NBA Draft 2019: 3 players with boom or bust potential

first_imgThree players with boom or bust potentialBol BolAt 7-2 and 235 pounds with athleticism to boot, this one should be easy. Bol Bol has the size to dominate inside and be the odd type of player who can run the court despite being absolutely massive. But here’s the issue, for one he is fragile, and two he is incredibly raw.Coming out of Bishop Miege High School just outside of Kansas City, Kansas, Bol played against competition that simply wasn’t up to snuff for him. Private schools play alongside public schools in the state, and at the 4A level, Bol simply didn’t see great competition. That’s why he transferred to Mater Dei and then to Findlay Prep. He needed to see better competition and he went out and found it.But he didn’t play his whole life in tough competition and wasn’t truly tested until he got to college when he went to Oregon. And he showed he could play well there averaging 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds. However, he played just nine games before getting hurt and he showed what a lot of scouts feared in his time there as well. He doesn’t want to play inside. He likes to shoot the 3 and doesn’t play with the physicality someone of his size would be expected to.And then if he is to do that can he stand up to the physical nature inside? There are more questions around Bol Bol than answers, but again, he is 7-2, has the potential to dominate inside and can also shoot the 3-pointer. He has a massive skill set, but will it all come together or will he fall apart?Jarrett CulverCulver could either be the best player to come out of this draft or one who never gets aggressive enough to succeed. Here’s the thing with Culver, where he comes from is both his best asset and his worst. He was a two-star recruit coming out of Lubbock, Texas, but after two years with Texas Tech he was the Big 12 Player of the Year and a Naismith finalist.Here’s the thing though, while he has grown a lot he still has the same issues he had coming out of high school: he’s not nearly aggressive enough on the offensive end and often can get overpowered by NBA-bodied guys like De’Andre Hunter of Virginia showed in the National Championship game.He is still very young and very raw so if a coach sees that and believes he can put on 20 to 30 pounds and maintain the athleticism that makes him as good as he is now he could wind up being absolutely fantastic in the NBA. But if he doesn’t get more aggressive and can’t put on weight — or if he does and slows down — he could be in for a lot of trouble at the NBA level as a man who should be a stretch-four playing at the size of a smaller small forward. NBA Draft 2019: 3 teams with the most on the line NBA Draft 2019: Here’s how Zion Williamson will fit with the Pelicans Part of the fun of the NBA Draft is trying to figure out who is going to be good and who isn’t.It’s easy say guys like LeBron James or Kevin Durant or Zion Williamson will be good, but what about Kawhi Leonard or Marc Gasol?center_img Who are those guys who you thought could be good, but a team was still taking a chance on them by taking them?We’re looking at a few of those guys here, the guys who could be All-Stars in three years or who may never make it out of the G-League. Related News Rui HachimuraThere is a ton to like about Hachimura. As a guy who didn’t start until his last year at Gonzaga, Hachimura took a massive step from Year 2 to Year 3 and showed how he could be a dominant force on the offensive end both featuring post moves and an ability to knock down a shot if you leave him open. He also can run the floor giving teams a lot to dream up with what he could do in a small-ball lineup.But he really is a four who isn’t all that big nor all that athletic. He can struggle defensively at times and may not be quite a good enough shooter to truly be a stretch-four. He could be the type of guy stuck guarding men three inches taller than him who better athletes. That could result in being a mismatch on the floor who can only come off the bench in limited minutes.But if he continues to develop and adjusts to the NBA 3-point line well he could very well be an absolute steal if he falls down the draft. It depends on which team he ends up with though and he’ll need to keep getting better if he wants to be an NBA star.last_img read more


first_imgGARY STEVENS, TARIS, SECOND: “I was really happy with the race. She settled nicely for me and I was surprised when Tara’s Tango ran by me. When I turned into the stretch, she switched over to her right lead and she kicked. As you could see I was giving her a nice hand ride and when I saw that grey head come up I said, ‘really?!’“It’s funny because it felt like 1:48 and change; it didn’t feel like 1:50.00. I thought it was nice. She had such a good kick and she did kick, I just got outrun on the day, period.” NOTES: The winning owner is Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky. RAFAEL BEJARANO, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “The blinkers made a big difference today, they helped me a lot from the gate. I was able to put my horse into position right away. I waited for the opportunity and when we got to the stretch, she gave me a big turn of foot and I knew I could beat the favorite.” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: On her wearing blinkers for the first time: “When (Martin) won on her last time (in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 13), he said she was running in spots and suggested the blinkers. They’re just small ones, but they helped. It was an exciting race and I’m very proud to get the Grade I for the owner (Stonestreet Stables). She got a good trip and showed a lot of heart running down the favorite.”Noted that Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount since Garcia committed to ride Cupid for Bob Baffert in today’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, which he won, Hollendorfer said: “I’m glad for both of them. It worked out well, a win/win situation.” TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img BARBARA BANKE, OWNER/BREEDER OF TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “We’ve always known she had a lot of ability, from when she won her first start at Del Mar (in July, 2014). Today, we knew she could get the distance and she just keeps trying and she never stops. This is very special; I’ve got my son, Christopher, and my nephew, Nick, here, and it’s been great.” JOCKEY QUOTES -30-last_img read more

Baffert to be Honored by Edwin J. Gregson Foundation

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 8, 2016) – The Triple Crown winning Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be honored this summer by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fund-raising and awards dinner.The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 15, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, located just a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.“I’m honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside past honorees who are truly a Who’s Who of California racing,” said Baffert.Among the Gregson Foundation’s past honorees are Baffert’s fellow trainers Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, in addition to such industry leaders as Ann and Jerry Moss, Mace and Samantha Siegel, Dr. Jack Robbins, and Joe and Barbara Harper. Last summer, the Foundation saluted jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens while raising money to provide college scholarships to the children of California’s backstretch community.“It’s pretty remarkable to see how the Gregson Foundation’s scholarship program has grown through the years and to know what a difference it has made in the lives of not only the kids, but entire families,” Baffert said. “Backstretch workers are the backbone of our industry, and this is a wonderful way to let them know they are appreciated and supported.” Tickets for the event are $300 per person. This annual event has proven to sell out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to read more