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All Blake Griffin, all the time: ESPN gears up for NBA Draft with coverage of former Sooner standout

JAMES CORLEY Published: June 19, 2009
ESPN has been buzzing with Blake Griffin.

Rookie video diaries. Live online chats. On-camera interviews.

"Griffin Mania” will continue on draft day, too.

Jay Bilas, color commentator and college basketball analyst for ESPN, said Griffin is a hard worker with good hands and great footwork, but he needs to work on his shot and refine his post moves. With adjustments and training under a good coach, "Griffin has a chance to be a very good, explosive athlete,” Bilas said.

Bilas and fellow analyst Fran Fraschilla will provide scouting reports for players and assess whether a team’s choice to draft a certain player was good, bad and why during the network’s draft coverage.

"Evaluating players is not an exact science,” Bilas said.

The NBA typically only has a year or two of college play to evaluate a prospect, as compared to the four or five college years the NFL has to scout players. There are so many variables that make it more difficult to judge an NBA prospect’s talents and weaknesses, Bilas said.

In Griffin’s case, NBA scouts have both spectacular years at OU to evaluate his stock. ESPN will benefit from the two-year tenure, having ample highlight-reel performances to fill the first part of draft coverage with Griffin, Griffin and more Griffin.

Expect ESPN to have Griffin and his family on-camera for most of the night leading up to the Los Angeles Clippers’ No. 1 pick.

Unlike the NFL Draft’s seven rounds with 10 minutes in between picks that stretch across two days, the NBA Draft is much more compact. NBA teams will have five minutes between picks in the first round and two minutes in the second.

"It’s more of a sprint than a marathon,” Bilas said.

NBA Draft
→When: 6:30-11 p.m. Thursday

→Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City


(Cox 29)


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