It should be no surprise that Clarkson is killing it in the workout and interview portions of the Draft process. He is by all accounts a thoughtful, interesting player and a freakish athlete.
Bowers played the whole season with a wrist injury he first suffered at Missouri and re-aggravated last year before the Portsmouth Invitational, causing him to skip that NBA predraft event. It remained bad enough that Bowers had surgery after the season, but he still wound up averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while helping his team reach the postseason. He was voted the league's rookie of the year.
"I really feel blessed that I got to experience Israel, not only for basketball but from a religious standpoint," he said. "I definitely would go back over there."
But Bowers is going to have other options.
"There's going to be some teams in Spain and France and Italy that are going to want him," said Travis King, his agent with Los Angeles-based Relativity Sports. "Right now, we're just gauging everything. Things will heat up as the NBA draft comes to a conclusion here in a few weeks."
Q: You are known for your defense. What keeps your focus on that end of the court?
DA: "Defense wins championships. You can do all the scoring in the world, but if you can't stop anyone, you are right back where you started. It can really mess with your opponent if you are scoring and they can't score on you. Before you know it, if you are getting stops, you can blow a game wide open." [...]
Q: What's something people may not know about Cam [Biedscheid]?
DA: "I know he sat out last year, but he can really score. He plays so hard on the offensive end and has a bunch of ways to get the ball in the hoop. His scoring ability is really strong and that helps me because I can learn from him, but also, he is fun to defend. I know he makes me better when I am guarding him."
Jakeenan Gant and Namon Wright have gotten most of the attention when it comes to the 2014 recruiting class, primarily because of their four-star ratings and the fact that they've been committed for much longer. But it's hard not to be hypnotized by an athlete of Allen's caliber who evidently prides himself on defense.