Former George Washington star Yuta Watanabe did not have the opportunity to compete at the NBA Combine earlier this month, but that is not the only chance he will get at impressing NBA Scouts.
The 6-9 guard was selected as one of the 40 prospects to attend the NBA Global Camp on June 2-5. The NBA Global Camp has representatives from all 30 NBA teams and essentially is a combine for international players.
Like the combine, there are five-on-five scrimmages, shooting drills, strength and agility testing to go with interview sessions. The pre-draft showcase will be held in Treviso, Italy and is a rebrand of the EuroCamp, according to ESPN. Former participants of the camp include Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela, and Brandon Ingram.
Of the 40 participants, Watanabe is one of three to compete at the NCAA-level last year. Potential lottery pick, Luca Doncic is not one of the 40 attending the event.
With a unique skillset, Watanabe is looking to become only the second Japanese-born player to play in the NBA. His tall frame and light structure make him a valuable defensive commodity. The ability to challenge post players and to chase fellow guards, along with his shooting, puts him as a unique talent.
Earlier this month, Watanabe worked out with the Washington Wizards, a team who could use some depth from the wing.
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Days after his college teammate decided to go back to school, Maryland forward Kevin Huerter has opted to remain in the 2018 NBA Draft, he confirmed via his Instagram account on Wednesday.
Huerter's decision is not surprising given how much he has helped his draft stock in recent weeks. Many mock drafts now project him as a first round selection and as high as a mid-first round pick.
Huerter, 19, averaged 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a sophomore for the Terps this past season. He shot 41.7 percent from three on 5.5 attempts per game.
Huerter was considered a possible second round pick before the NBA Combine earlier this month where he measured in at over 6-foot-7 in shoes. He also thrived in the 5-on-5 scrimmages, showing legitimate NBA range with his outside shot.
There's a chance Huerter doesn't go far from College Park, as the Wizards hold the 15th overall pick in the first round. They want to add shooting this offseason and could use more depth at the wing position. Huerter could be Bradley Beal's backup at shooting guard and also fill in at small forward behind Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, Jr.
Sports Illustrated first reported the news of Huerter's decision.
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After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.
Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.
Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing. At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.
Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.
Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.
Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.
Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.
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