After countless workouts and tireless training since the end of the Hoyas’ 2012 campaign, Georgetown graduate Henry Sims and junior Hollis Thompson are poised for selection in tonight’s NBA Draft. Both have shown up on the majority of mock draft boards leading up to the draft, which Vox has compiled below:
|Site||Henry Sims||Hollis Thompson|
|Chad Ford (Espn.com)||Undrafted||54 – Philadelphia|
|Jeff Goodman (Cbssports.com)||53 – LA Clippers||49 – Orlando|
|Joe Kotoch (Sheridanhoops.com)||57 – Brooklyn||60 – LA Lakers|
|Draftexpress.com||57 – Brooklyn||Undrafted|
|Nbadraft.net||58 – Minnesota||44 – Detroit|
|Thehoopsreport.com||49 – Orlando||39 – Detroit|
Once the second round rolls around, the mock drafts become far less reliable - players are generally placed based on projected need. Thus, it makes sense for multiple mock drafts to bring the Simsanity movement to Brooklyn, where the Nets will need a big man behind Brook Lopez (or perhaps Dwight Howard). In a similar manner, Thompson heading to Detroit makes sense on many levels – the Pistons are in desperate need of a shooter after shipping Ben Gordon away, plus the last Georgetown guy they selected worked out pretty well.
More on Sims, Thompson, and Jason Clark after the jump:
Sims, for his part, has done wonders for his draft status over the past season. For his first three years on the Hilltop, the Baltimore native was relegated to the bench, a time where he claims to have lost his love for the game. After working his tail off prior to his senior season, though, he became the big man Hoya fans envisioned when he first stepped on campus, leading Georgetown with both his post presence and preternatural passing ability. For the season, he led the Hoyas in assists and blocks, while surpassing his point total from the prior three years (208) by mid-January (we did the math).
Sims emerged in the beginning of the season, but likely catapulted his draft status during the Big East Tournament, where he posted double doubles in both of Georgetown’s games. During those two days, he absolutely dominated Pittsburgh before battling with Yancy Gates and Cincinnati, though the Hoyas eventually fell to the Bearcats in a double overtime heartbreaker.
Though the center has worked hard to shake the notion that he lacked passion for the game – no one could assert that this season - one scout SI.com spoke with could not help but doubt Sims: ”He had a pretty good last season, but where was he the first three? I don’t know if he likes to play or not. I don’t think he gets drafted. I don’t know how much of that body of work I can trust.”
Thompson, on the other hand, made a name for himself with his sharpshooting skills and clutch play. We saw his true potential during Georgetown’s last two NCAA Tournament losses to NC State and VCU, where he put up 23 and 26 points. In both efforts, he seemed to be the only player keeping the Hoyas in the game and scored in a variety of ways, a change from periods of both seasons where Hollis seemed to disappear from the flow of the offense.
After putting his name in for the draft after his second year, Thompson opted to return to Georgetown for his junior season. He produced two of the most memorable moments of the season – hitting a game-winning three to beat Alabama while quieting a raucuous Tuscalossa crowd, and capping a 17-point comeback against Marquette with another game-winner.
Aside from Thompson and Sims, graduate Jason Clark has worked out for a handful of teams. Unfortunately, it does not appear that he will get drafted, at least according to the mock drafts. There is a possibility that a veteran team looking for a defensive-minded sharpshooter could take a chance on Clark, who proved his leadership ability over the course of the past season, one where he sometimes looked like the class of the Big East (at least in my head). Either way, with the way the first round gets elongated by ESPN, don’t expect to see any Hoyas drafted until well after 10 p.m. Keep an eye out on Twitter or check Vox tomorrow for more on the results.