Posted at: 05/16/2013 1:54 PM
Updated at: 05/16/2013 4:49 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
Former UNM guard Tony Snell is getting some national attention at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Snell is one of 61 players invited to the camp. Snell was featured in the first 30 minutes of coverage on ESPNU. Snell worked out with the small forward group.
University of New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal was interviewed by ESPN's Andy Katz. Neal said, "I think he has to prove he's willing to play hard and not disappear in games and show his ball handling skills."
Neal also said he's been encouraging Snell all week. "I just said 'Go be yourself.' He definitely has the ability to play at this level," added Neal.
According to Jeremy Bauman who writes for Sheridan Hoops, Snell made 12 of 15 shots to close out his 2nd round of 3 pointers in spot shooting.
ESPNU's Ryen Russillo said, "I'd kind of be surprised if he wasn't a 1st round draft pick."
From Seth Davis on Twitter: "Tony Snell looking nice shooting one dribble midrange jumpers. Of course it helps that there's no defense."
Following Snell's first day, Jonathan Wasserman from the Bleacher Report wrote that Snell will generate buzz: "Snell came out and demonstrated his soft touch on his jumper, nailing a corner three off the bat.
One of the drills required two dribbles and a pull-up, which Snell looked sharp in as well. He's got a better handle than you'd think, along with a near 39-percent three-point stroke he'll use to market himself as a 2 and a 3.
The Kawhi Leonard comparison was inevitable, but Snell needs to add substantial muscle in order to get there. He'll get a chance to crack the first round as a strong workout candidate.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Snell was one of the players the Kings interviewed this week. Snell told the Media on Thursday he already talked with the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets as well.
On Friday, the players will continue to workout for teams. On Saturday and Sunday, they will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation.