When former Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon declared for the NBA Draft, few believed his chances of getting drafted at all were good.
But according to ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford, not only is Gallon have a good chance of being drafted, there’s a possibility he could go in the first round.
Wrote Ford: “Finally, I saw Oklahoma big man Keith Gallon on Monday. His nickname is “Tiny,” and if you’ve seen him play, you know he’s anything but.
“Gallon was very intriguing. He’s quite frankly the best long-distance shooter I’ve seen for a man his size. He was nailing 65 percent to 70 percent from the NBA 3-point line with ease. His stroke is effortless, and he has deep, deep range. Gallon is also surprisingly light on his feet. He moves well in the post and clearly has the strength to play in the NBA paint.”
For those reasons, Ford has moved Gallon up to the first round in his latest mock draft, projecting him to go No. 30 overall to the Wizards.
Gallon has been working out in New York for the past week after hiring agent Marc Cornstein. He’s been training with Serbian basketball coach Mihajlo Pavicevic in the morning and with strength and conditioning coach Oren Lippman in the afternoon to reduce one of his major liabilities, and get in NBA shape.
“Gallon isn’t in great shape. He weighed in at 295 and probably needs to lose another 10-15 pounds. He got tired pretty early in both workouts, though he did get a second wind about 25 minutes into the workout and finished both of them,” Ford writes. “The key for Gallon will be getting into great shape. Some of that will be diet (he told me he liked to snack on junk food all day), and some of that will be the sort of core conditioning Lippman is doing with him. For the most part, Lippman doesn’t have him lifting weights. Instead he has him working on footwork and using ropes and bands to increase flexibility and core strength. The goal is to get him leaner and to improve his stamina.”
Ford reports a number of teams are looking at Gallon as a potential first-round pick.
“We liked him in high school,” one unnamed GM told Ford. “We thought he could be a big-time player in college. It didn’t work out. But after one year, we’re not giving up on the talent.”