Two weeks ago Bucks director of scouting Billy McKinney called Virginia Commonwealth's Larry Sanders a "stretch" for the Bucks at 15. Two days later he found himself publicly denying rumors that the Bucks had made Sanders a promise. Then again, two days ago he admitted that around draft time the "only people lying are the ones moving their lips."
So after the Bucks selected Sanders with the 15th overall pick in the first round, there's only one thing to say: well played, Billy, well played indeed.
Standing nearly 6'11" with a 7'6" wingspan, Sanders is still fairly raw but nevertheless provides immediate depth at the power forward and center positions. Potential aside, he's been a terrific rebounder and shot-blocker in college while also developing more of a face-up and post game over his three years at VCU. At 21-years-old he's not young by draft standards, but it should also be noted that he only started playing organized basketball in the 10th grade. He's also by all accounts a terrific kid and hard worker--check out some videos after the jump.
Verdict on the Bucks' decision to take Larry Sanders 15th overall?
Love it. We finally have an athletic big man to complement Bogut. (134 votes)
Opimistic. He has potential but not sure he'll pan out. (199 votes)
Pessimistic. Seems a bit raw and a gamble relative to other options. (26 votes)
Hate it. Better players were clearly on the board. (11 votes)
I have no clue. Talk to me in November. (38 votes)
408 total votes