Undrafted New Mexico forward Drew Gordon to Mavericks; other undrafted players close to finding homes
Successful college players not selected in the NBA Draft have little time for disappointment. Within the first day or two after the draft, they will try to latch on to an NBA Summer League team to give themselves a chance to make an NBA roster this year.
One of the top undrafted players, New Mexico forward Drew Gordon, has already agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks, he wrote on Twitter.
im going to Dallas officially #kobk its a long time coming were in there—
drew gordon (@xtraGORDONary32) June 29, 2012
Other players have quickly received interest from NBA teams. Iona point guard Scott Machado has multiple offers, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted.
Undrafted Iona guard Scott Machado has Bobcats, Cavaliers, Hawks, Hornets, Raptors, Rockets calling for summer league, sources tell Y!—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2012
West Virginia’s Kevin Jones, the Big East Player of the Year, said in an interview with SNY.tv that he felt “shock, disbelief” at going undrafted.
“I thought I did enough to be able to be drafted out of 60 players,” Jones said. “But it’s nothing new, I gotta prove myself again. It’s nothing new.
“… Of course this whole situation is going to make me hungry. I felt like I should’ve been a first-round pick, at most top 40. But I mean, things happen. So just gotta find a new way there, but I’m going to make a new way there, regardless, no matter what.”
Jones’ agent said he had heard from several teams. It was reported the first team to reach out to Jones was the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Other top undrafted players include Xavier’s Tu Holloway, Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, Northwestern’s John Shurna, Alabama’s JaMychal Green and Ohio State’s William Buford.