Celtics Notes: Life Of Small-College NBA Draft Prospect Is No Picnic
June 3, 2015 - Picnic Time
WALTHAM, Mass. — Wednesday’s examination during a Boston Celtics’ use trickery featured prospects from UMass, Wyoming and Western Kentucky.
All 3 of those programs demeanour like powerhouses subsequent to Kevin Capers’ alma mater: Division II Florida Southern.
Capers, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a initial U.S.-based awaiting a Celtics brought in this open who did not play a singular notation of D-I basketball. (Gerard Coleman, who visited a C’s final week, finished his college career during a NAIA turn yet also done stops during Providence and Gonzaga.)
“I was shaken since we didn’t know what to expect,” pronounced Capers, whose workout with a Celtics was his initial for an NBA team. “A lot of these man have good agents who have other players who have been by this. I’m only a rookie to this. Division I, they get a time in a summer to work out with their coaches; Division II, we don’t. You’ve got to only do it yourself.
“(My agent) gave me a plan, yet we didn’t unequivocally have anybody that could sight me. … They have Impact, all these places we can go, and I’m only home operative out. we consider we did flattering good with my training, though.”
Capers, for whom renouned breeze apparatus DraftExpress hasn’t even worried to emanate a profile, is a follower in a “if we can play, we can play” mantra. And during slightest during his college level, he could, averaging 21.2 points in only 28.9 mins per diversion as a comparison as Florida Southern cruised to a 36-1 record and a D-II inhabitant title.
“I only feel like if you’re good, you’ll get noticed,” Capers said. “And we feel like I’m a good player. I’m not a good player; I’m a good player. And if we work hard, we should do fine. … I’m here for a reason. I’m not sorry. I’m flattering good, we only need a chance.”
But a 22-year-old, who pronounced he now has no additional workouts scheduled, is tempering his expectations.
“Not even drafted,” he pronounced when asked where he thinks he’ll be picked. “I’m only carefree if we ever get on a summer joining team. we know all these guys (in a workout), they should be there — they’re Division I. But if we even get on a summer joining group or a training camp, I’d be beholden only for a opportunity.”
Some additional records from Wednesday’s session:
— UMass’ Cady Lalanne echoed several Celtics invitees before him in professing his indebtedness for former C’s star Kevin Garnett.
“Since we started personification basketball in, like, ninth grade, KG has been a actor I’ve always desired watching,” Lalanne said. “I remember we used to always go to a park and try to do his fadeaway. He used to always do it personification for a Timberwolves, and when he came here and won a championship, we was unequivocally excited. Even right now, we still watch him and try to learn from him.”
— Western Kentucky ensure T.J. Price pronounced Maxie Esho — another UMass product — tender him in a workout. Esho was behind for a second revisit with a group after creation his initial outing to Waltham final week.
“I didn’t know about him,” Price said. “But he kind of astounded me. we kind of reputable him during a finish of a day.”
— Capers, a Florida native, picked a bad week to make his initial revisit to New England.
“I’ve been to a West Coast,” he said, “but never this distant north. (Tuesday) was so cold. I’ve got a sweater, got my hoodie prepared when we go outside. It’s tough (laughs). I’m prepared to go behind to Florida, actually. we wasn’t prepared for all this.”
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