Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl He gave an interview Wednesday on the radio show “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” ahead of Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft.
His words weren’t very kind to Gonzaga’s No. 7 Chet Holmgren, the expected No. 2 pick. by USA Today.
Pearl’s comments about Holmgren came in response to Greg McIlroy He asks him who will take No. 2 after Al-Jabri Smith. Pearl went with Panchero.
Bruce Pearl slams Chet Holmgren’s body
“Shit was intriguing, but it was like that Sean Bradley‘,” said Pearl, referring to the Philadelphia 76ers’ No. 2 selection in the 1993 NBA Draft.
The 7-foot-6-inch Bradley played in the NBA from 1993-2005, but he didn’t make the NBA All-Star Team. He led the NBA in blocked shots in 2000-01, and has been in the top five in blocked shots seven times.
Continuing to talk about Holmgren, Pearl said: “The NBA stands for ‘No boys allowed.’” And that body scares me. it is. He deals from knee to knee with the wrong guy, and can break in two. So at the top of the draft, I think I have to agree with what I know isn’t what it might someday be. ”
Holmgren is 7 feet 195 pounds tall. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists at Gonzaga as a freshman in 2021-22.
Smith is 6 feet 10 and 220 lbs. Kessler is 7 feet tall and 245 pounds.
Bruce Pearl praises Jabbari Smith’s vault
Before Pearl’s talk about Holmgren, Cool Kobelik He asked Pearl to talk about how Jabbari Smith competed backstage.
“I don’t think there are concerns,” Pearl said of Smith’s competitiveness. “I think the question speaks, I think, of the number one reason why you’d take him to number one. Sure enough, the jump shot is better than any man of his size in the last 10 years in college basketball—down to KD (Kevin Durant) perhaps, That’s pure and that translates, that’s productivity spot on.
“The second thing is that he can protect one to five, because he’s competing defensively,” Pearl continued. “The number one reason is that the kid doesn’t lose. That’s number 1. He doesn’t lose.”
Compares Bruce Pearl Walker Kessler to Al Horfords
USA Today projects Walker Kessler To be the 25th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Here’s what Pearl had to say about Kessler on Wednesday.
“He’s an amazing athlete,” Pearl said. “People don’t talk about his athleticism, his speed, his speed, his ability to move laterally – obviously his ability to lift. And he’s not 7 feet. He’s 7-1 and a little. An inch and a half makes a big, big difference. So obviously he can make an impact in The Game. I thought he was the most influential player in college basketball last year, because of what he did on the edge both offensively and defensively.”
Pearl talked about Kessler for a few minutes, and ended up comparing him to the Boston Celtics striker and former Florida Gators national champion. Alhorford Along with NBA centers Brock and Robin Lopez.
“I think he’s going to be a dominant 3-point shooter at the next level,” Pearl said of Kessler. “Al Horford didn’t make three in Florida, he didn’t make three in Florida, and he’s one of the best players in the NBA of his age. Walker is ahead of him. He could be like one of the Lopez twins — one factor at the edge and one factor at the 3-point line” .
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Orlando Magic took first place in the 2022 NBA Draft. The draft is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, June 23.