HoopsHype Nick Minnerath rumors
Minnerath, a 6-foot-9 senior power forward from the University of Detroit Mercy, worked out for the Washington Wizards last week and is scheduled to work out for the Pistons on Wednesday. Minnerath used a last-minute invitation to the Portsmouth predraft camp to impress some NBA scouts. He averaged 14 points per game at Portsmouth and was one of the standout players. Since then he has interviewed with the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz. "Portsmouth definitely got me a little more exposure at the right time after the season was over," said Minnerath. "I think teams have seen things during the year and I've been able to bring those things to the workouts. Maybe they didn't think I could shoot as well or maybe teams thought I couldn't do some other things and I'm showing that I can." As far as feedback, he said, "Everything so far has been positive what they've been saying to me afterward." Detroit Free Press
Nick Minnerath, a 6-foot-9 senior power forward from the University of Detroit Mercy, worked out for the Washington Wizards last week and is scheduled to work out for the Pistons on Wednesday. Detroit Free Press
After the Pistons, Minnerath has workouts scheduled with Boston, Golden State and Sacramento. He also has a workout the night before the draft with an NBA team he didn’t wish to name. Detroit Free Press
But Minnerath's story is an important one, even if the Truro, Mass., native doesn't get drafted by the Celtics or any other team. At 19 years old, he's said, he had begun taking serious drugs and his life was "completely out of control." He stands 6-foot-9 with impressive athleticism, yet he was doing nothing with his basketball talent except dominating pickup games at a local YMCA. Thanks to a mixture of bad luck and poor schoolwork, he'd only played one full season of high school hoops as a sophomore -- other than that, he failed off the team twice and broke his ankle two games into his senior year. He attended junior college briefly right after high school but didn't play basketball there. According to separate stories published about him, he worked at a convenience store, as a taxi-cab driver and in construction. "I was 19 feeling like my life was already over," he told WXYZ TV Detroit earlier this year. "I knew I had to make a change before it was too late." Booth Newspapers
Minnerath has said he worked himself clean about two years after he finished high school. He found a spot on the Jackson (Mich.) Community College basketball team and showed enough promise there to earn a scholarship offer from Detroit Mercy, where he averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds over parts of three seasons. His senior season was cut short because he tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee, but he returned for a redshirt year and completed his final NCAA campaign with averages of 14.6 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds. Capable of big offensive outbursts, he scored 36 points against Valparaiso, 34 against Cleveland State and 27 against Youngstown State. Booth Newspapers
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