Hawks Take Gladyr At #49

Thursday, June 25, 2009
By Micah Hart

The second round provides a lot of opportunities to take a player with some long-range potential, and the Hawks think they have their guy in Sergiy Gladyr from MBC Mykolaiv (Ukraine). Gladyr averaged 15.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, & 1.5 spg in 29 minutes a game last year – pretty nice for a kid his age.

I just spoke with Hawks international scout Mark Crow, who scouted Gladyr in Europe, and he had this to say:

“Gladyr is a 6’5″, 19-year old kid with tremendous shooting ability. I saw him hit 11 3′s in a game against Lithuania for the Ukranian National Team last year. He’s got great form, and he’s a very good athlete as well.”

The Painted Area has a good scouting report on Gladyr that you should check out for more information.

And with that, barring something unforeseen, I think our work here is done tonight. I know people think it’s cliche to say this after each pick, but in both rounds tonight the Hawks got a player that was right at the top of their draft board for the pick they had.

Congrats to the Hawks front office on a job well done. They’ve been working long, long hours ever since the end of the season to get prepared for tonight, and for what it’s worth, they had every scenario covered. It’s actually really impressive to take in, watching them discuss multiple trades, players, and draft picks in real time all while the clock is ticking.

After the final pick, Rick Sund congratulated his staff on their efforts tonight, then exhorted them to re-channel their focus and energy towards free agency.

We’ll have more tomorrow as Jeff Teague makes his way to Atlanta for the first time.

Goodnight from the draft room!

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