Ray Spalding is a long, athletic four, who excels on the defensive end of the floor, and is slowly evolving into a reliable scorer as well. He produces where you would expect a mobile, 6-foot-10 player with a 7-foot-6 wingspan to produce – around the basket. He rebounds and blocks shots. He is a terrific target on cuts to the basket, finishes impressively above the rim, and has a post game that is shaping up nicely.
Most hoops fans have probably never heard of him, but Kevin Hervey has been one of the best players in college basketball since 2015. Such is life in the Sun Belt Conference. Hervey is arguably the most accomplished player in UT Arlington basketball history, leaving the program as the all-time career leader in total rebounds and double-doubles, second all-time in points scored, and fifth all-time in 3-point field goals made.
Over the last eight years, Alize Johnson has gone from being a virtual unknown to a draft prospect that is on everyone’s radar, and the path that he has traveled has been anything but straight and easy. He’s made it this far with hard work, determination, and grittiness, and those traits show up in his game.
The NBA’s deadline for early entries declaring for the draft is fast approaching (April 22). Many have already declared or announced that they are staying in school, and this year, like every year, I am surprised by some of the decisions because the chances for failure appear to far outweigh the chances for success. Of course, it is not fair of me to judge anyone’s [ . . . ]