Prospect Review and Recon

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
By Jon Newberry

The Hawks wrapped up their prospect workouts today at Philips Arena, bringing an end to an eight day stretch that saw 30 prospects show off their skills on the practice court.

How important were these workouts? General Manager Rick Sund addressed that question when he met with the media following today’s workout.

“A lot of teams put a lot of emphasis on it (workouts),” said Sund.  “We use it as just one more piece that we can put into the hopper.”

Later Sund added this about conducting prospect workouts, “It reinforces the reports that the scouts and Dave (Pendergraft) have put together. Reinforces the film analysis and gives you a first hand look at somebody with quickness and speed. You can tell that in these workouts, but because you can’t go 5-on-5 five it’s not the greatest barometer. It’s a good one, but not the greatest.”

Sund also talked about speaking with as many people as possible about the player. He called it “recon” and described talking to coaches from AAU, high school, college, and even the training staff from previous teams. All of this to gather as much information as possible before making a decision.

Assistant GM Dave Pendergraft also discussed how the evaluation of these players went far beyond their 90 minutes on the Hawks practice court. “This was basically the last chance to see them compete, but more importantly get to know them as people” said Pendergraft. “I think you learn more about their personalities and their character then their game. Obviously we’ve scouted these guys all year long… so we know them as players. I think this is a great chance to know them as people and interact with them while they are here in Atlanta.”

This is not the first time that looking at character has been mentioned when talking about personnel moves for the Hawks. An important part of last off-season’s acquisition of Jamal Crawford was Sund’s “recon” as he described in an interview with Shaun Powell of NBA.com:

“We did as much homework with his personality and who he is as a player and person,” said Sund. “Everyone I talked to gave me positive feedback. Isiah Thomas, who had him in New York, told me Jamal would be a pleasure to have around. He’s just a real positive guy. When he doesn’t play well, he’s accountable. There was no downside with his personality. I knew it would work.”

Not everyone “knew it would work” when the move for Crawford was made, and hardly anyone predicted that his season would earn him the NBA’s 6th Man of the Year award, but Sund’s “recon” gave him the confidence to pull the trigger.

Here’s to hoping the extra research into the person (as well as the player) yields another positive outcome in the 2010 Draft.

10 Responses to “Prospect Review and Recon”

  1. Mr. Hawk

    Chris Paul is up to being traded…… Atlanta, send Marvin Williams,and ZaZa and the #54 pick to New Orleans for Chris Paul.

    #1142
  2. Hawksfanman

    That sound good but the center situation Would become much worse and who would play SF?

    #1143
  3. pedro

    hay que traspasar a mike bibby y marvin williams,elegir en el draft a un alero y un interior,y darle la batuta a jeff teague sino se encuentra a un base veterano de garantias.

    #1144
  4. tony

    For the final time we need Dominique Jones(SG) and Omar Samhan(C). Both young men have a high basketball IQ and they are team players. Their personalities will fit in very well with the rest of the team.

    #1146
  5. Anonymous

    its weird that i dont see samhan being mentioned anywhere in the mocks and for a while zuebeck wasnt even mentioned until we started talking about him. now the hoopsworld mock has us taking zubeck inthe 2nd rd.

    #1147
  6. Hawksfanman

    I think rick sund might be out of a job soon….. Damion James? are you serious? Hassan Whiteside, Daniel Ornton, Alabi? Wow its over were not winning a championship anytime soon……………………… time to rebuild the team

    #1148
  7. woodrow lockett

    I’m with you hawksfanman. They need to get some scoring. Joe is gone.

    #1149
  8. Hawksfanman

    IDK well see picks dint turn out to bad
    J Craw and That german guy idk him but I hopw hes good

    #1150
  9. atownhawk23

    all i have to say is THIS DRAFT WAS WACK. OMG Y’ALL GOT ANOTHER CRAWFORD? LOL.

    YEAH THAT RECORD GOING SOUTH. NOT NORTH.
    Y’ALL PISSING ME OFF SO BAD THIS OFF-SEASON THAT I’M ABOUT TO BECOME A BUCKS OR CLIPPERS OR GRIZZLES FAN.

    #1151
  10. atownhawk23

    BILLY KNIGHT SAVE US!!!!

    HELP NOW!!!!

    OH WOW JC DUNKED ON LEBRON; OH PLEASE LIKE THAT’S GONNA HAPPEN ON THE REAL COURT. Y’ALL FLEXIN. SERIOUSLY.

    SINCERLY,
    HELP US BILLY KNIGHT! PLEASE!

    #1152