HoopsHype Jan Vesely rumors


December 2, 2012 Updates

After 14 games, the Wizards have one win and Vesely, the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft out the Czech Republic, has more fouls (34) than points (29) or rebounds (30). “He needs to play better. No question,” Coach Randy Wittman said recently. “He’s non-aggressive and he can't play that way.” Washington Post

November 28, 2012 Updates

Anyhow, if the lukewarm tea of your current Wizards depression can be most effectively watered down by jabs at Jan Vesely, this transcript is for you. It comes from Tony’s ESPN 980 show on Monday morning. And if someone can figure out how that Kornheiser-Steinberg transaction referenced above makes any sense, please do advise. Or better yet, send me some good kids books to quote. David Aldridge: The decisions that they make on the court make little sense to me. The decisions they make off the court make little sense to me. And as I said, I don’t know what the plan is here. I don’t know. Tony Kornheiser: To get better through the draft and draft Jan Vesely, who can’t play in the league. Aldridge: Well, exactly, okayk? So they’re gonna get better through the draft, and they draft Jan Vesely, who is … wow. Washington Post

Kornheiser: Can’t play. He’s the number 6 overall pick, he can’t play. Aldridge: Exactly. Exactly. You can’t build through the draft and totally whiff on the sixth pick in the draft. Tom Gugliotta was an NBA pro for 10 years. [Actually 13.] Now, he wasn’t the best player who ever played, but he was a good player. He was a solid player. You got production. Kornheiser: He was six. Calbert Cheaney was a five. [Actually a 6.] Not great but played for 10 or 12 years. Aldridge: Played 10 years. [Actually 13.] He was a productive player in this league for 10 years. At this rate, I don’t see Jan Vesely lasting five years in this league. Unless I am TOTALLY wrong on what he is. But the skillset I see is nothing. So I don’t know where they go from here….I don’t know what the plan is, I don’t know how they get better, I don’t see where this team goes in the next two or three years with this current group. I just don’t see it. Washington Post

November 26, 2012 Updates

In his first four games as a starter, Vesely averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. Through the team’s first 11 games, the 22-year-old has been held scoreless four times, has more fouls (30) than points (29) and is 3 for 13 from the line. “He’s got to become more of a basketball player on the floor and not a one-dimensional player,” Wittman said. “You can’t allow teams to not guard you. You’ve got to put yourself in the same position when that happens to do something positive from an offensive standpoint.” Washington Times

Asked to project where Vesely is headed as a player long term, Wittman didn’t mince words. “He’s going to determine that,” Wittman said. “What does he want to be? Does he want to be a specialty one-dimensional guy or is he going to continue to develop, work and be assertive when he’s out there? He needs to play better. He’s non-aggressive and he can’t play that way.” Washington Times

November 14, 2012 Updates

Late in the third quarter, reserve Jan Vesely drew a foul from Bobcats reserve Tyrus Thomas but Jordan Crawford tried to pull a fast one and stepped to the foul line instead. Crawford knocked down the first free throw, until the referees realized the mistake and sent Vesely to the line. “Nothing against Jan. I was just trying to get as many points as we can because we was struggling to score,” said Crawford, who joked with the coaches on the Bobcats’ bench. “I was just saying, ‘I thought I got bumped on the play,’ making a little joke.” Washington Post

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The Las Vegas summer league, which is less than two weeks away, is currently a high priority as the team looks to fill out its roster in time for mini-camp next week. The Wizards expect to have second-year players Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack, and recent draft picks Beal and Satoransky. Satoransky is currently under contract in Spain and would need to receive clearance from FIBA to play for the Wizards. “We have already applied for” clearance, Grunfeld said. “Whether they grant it or not, remains to be seen. You just don’t know.” Washington Post

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Do you have a good idea of who will be on the summer league roster in vegas? You can probably assume that the rookies from last year - Jan Vesely, Shelvin Mack and Chris Singleton - will play. I heard Vesely is coming from the Czech Republic next month to get ready, so he's in. The three draft picks from this year will participate. Jordan Crawford has stated that he'd be willing to play, but I'm not so sure he will. Other than that, you might see Morris Almond or Cartier Martin give it go. I wouldn't count on John Wall, Trevor Booker or Kevin Seraphin, who will be getting ready for the Olympics. Washington Post

March 21, 2012 Updates

Jan Vesely: I don’t get to shoot or finish as much as I would like, but in the NBA it’s much more complicated than in Europe. Most often here, swingmen have the ball. Nevertheless, I try to work on my shooting thoroughly after practice, and I feel progress [there]. However, in the meantime I’m more beneficial for the team on the defensive side of the court. Truth About It

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It hasn't helped that first-round pick Jan Vesely has managed to score only four points on 2-for-8 shooting from the field with only one free throw attempt over three starts covering 57 minutes of floor time. It's too soon to draw sweeping conclusions about a 21-year-old who didn't play in college, but the development of Vesely and other recent first-round picks Chris Singleton, Nick Young and JaVale McGee bears watching as it could have a direct bearing on Grunfeld's future. CBSSports.com

January 28, 2012 Updates

His influence on the game is not always evident through the box score, because activity and hustle aren’t always measured. But he makes his share of deflections, keeps balls alive, and rarely gives up on plays. Rashard Lewis calls him “kangaroo” because he’s always hopping around. “Jan is a kid, from a defensive standpoint, that gives us a presence,” Wittman said. “He’s a young kid that’s going to get bigger and stronger, but he knows situations, reads situations well. And I’ve been pleased. I thought he played well in our Charlotte game [on Wednesday]. I thought, leading up to the Charlotte game, he’s had some stints. So hopefully, he can continue that.” Washington Post

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