HoopsHype Cleanthony Early rumors
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the team has drafted Cleanthony Early from Wichita State with the 34th overall selection and Thanasis Antetokounmpo from Athens, Greece and the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League with the 51st overall selection. Both picks were acquired yesterday from Dallas. NBA.com
Following Sunday’s workout with the Utah Jazz, NBA hopeful Cleanthony Early admitted he’s been waiting to play at this level since he was shooting crumpled-up pieces of paper into a garbage can and cutting out the bottom of cardboard shoeboxes to make resourceful hoops as a kid. “It’s everyone’s dream,” the former Wichita State star said. For C.J. Wilcox, another participant, that dream began while he was growing up in Pleasant Grove. “It’s kind of cool to come back and be able to work with them, (the Jazz) growing up from here,” said Wilcox, who used to train with Jazz player development coach Johnnie Bryant. “You kind of imagine yourself being in this position.” Deseret News
Several prospects are working out for the Celtics Tuesday ahead of the NBA Draft later this month. They are: Kyle Anderson – UCLA; DeAndre Daniels – Connecticut; Cleanthony Early – Wichita State; P.J. Hairston – North Carolina/Texas Legends (NBA Development League); K.J. McDaniels – Clemson; T.J. Warren – North Carolina State. Boston Globe
So what's an example of an interesting question you got somewhere along the way? Cleanthony Early: If I was a pencil, in a jar full of water, how would I get out? SN: What was the correct answer? Cleanthony Early: Let me see what you would say. What would you say? SN: I would say poke a hole. You come out through the hole, right? Cleanthony Early: No it's a jar, it's glass. SN: I'm going to try and knock the glass over and break it I guess? Cleanthony Early: How are you going to knock the glass over though? SN: [Laughs] I don't know, I don't have a good answer I guess. Cleanthony Early: That's a good answer actually, but you would have to start shaking inside the water. But some people — you see how you asked a couple of questions? — they want to see how you think. Sporting News
Robinson was in a group of six players Friday, mostly small forwards at the NBA level and most who’d be slotted for the 24th or 45th picks. Others at the workout were Thanasis Antetokounmpro (Development League), DeAndre Daniels (Connecticut), Cleanthony Early (Wichita State), Melvin Ejim (Iowa State) and C.J. Fair (Syracuse). Notes: Several current Hornets were in the arena Friday to work out after the draft auditions. Clifford addressed their situations as the off-season proceeds. Charlotte Observer
Rick Bonnell: Glenn Robinson III and C.J. Fair are probably most familiar names at Hornets' pre-draft workout tomorrow. Thanasis Antetokounmpo (D-League), DeAndre Daniels (UConn), Cleanthony Early (Wichita St.), Melvin Ejim (Iowa St.) also auditioning. Twitter @rick_bonnell
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