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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Millsap may be in for a rude awakening

Former La. Tech stud Paul Millsap left school a year early because he figured now was the time to end to the NBA. This year's draft is particularly thin. There's no clear consensus as to who the No. 1 pick is.

Millsap dominated the WAC and was the best rebounder in the nation for three straight seasons, but jumping to the NBA is going to take a big initiative on his part to improve his weaknesses. Fortunately, that is one of Millsap's fortes - a relentless work ethic.

Millsap's agent, DeAngelo Simmons, believes his client is a late first rounder to early second rounder. That's probably an optimistic vision and it's more likely that Millsap will go late in the second round.

He has some work on his offensive game, most notably, his perimeter game from 10 feet out and his defensive skills need polishing. He has tremendous upside, but right now his strength is his rebounding and not that many NBA teams may be willing to take him in the first round.


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