Friday, November 6, 2009

More Draft Thoughts

Well I promised a breakdown of the Mad Ants training camp today so I am going to give it a shot! But first I would like to direct everyone to Steve Warden's Friday article in the Journal Gazette about the Mad Ants draft. He provides some great analysis and insight on the draft, especially about the potential trade I alluded to earlier.

Steve writes about how our first round pick Alade Aminu is the player that may be traded. Here is what Coach Meyer had to say about it in Steve's article:

“We like Aminu because he’s a heck of an athlete, but we haven’t taken off the board the possibility of a trade, so we’re keeping all our options open right now,” Meyer said.

“We’re talking to some teams about the possibility, but we do like the young guy. If the trade opportunities don’t come through, we’ve got a heck of a player.”

You'll notice that we also went with quite a few guards in the draft. This is a clear attempt to fill the big hole left by Mad Ants All-Star Point Guard Walker Russell Jr leaving to head overseas. After the draft last night it was clear that Jeff Potter is particularly high on Creighton guard Booker Woodfox. First of all, I like him just because of his awesome name. We will certainly need someone to fill the point guard role.

Allocated player Kyle McAlarney from Notre Dame (seen above) is the first choice for point guard, but I have heard he may some issues with the contract he had with a team in Israel. So it is not 100% that he will be able to play in the D-League.

I can talk about roster possibilities forever but until training camp, you never know who is going to stick with the team/show the Coaches what they can do.

Also a shout out to Martz Madness reader Josh Webb, who I met for the first time at the Draft Party last night. Josh reminded me about the embarrassing Mad Ants staff photos for people in the office ignorant enough to not read Martz Madness. Director of Communications & Operations Heidi answer Goldberg's question: YOU'RE NEXT

It was great talking to all the Mad Ants season ticket holders last night and we really appreciate your support. Thank you for coming out and if I can ever do anything to make your Mad Ants experience better, just let me know. Have a great weekend!

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