Posts tagged ‘NBA Draft’

Tyra Grant & Talor Battle, Updated

The futures of Tyra Grant and Talor Battle look slightly more certain this morning. Grant, the former Lady Lion hoops All-American, was chosen by the defending champion Phoenix Mercury with the final pick of the second round (24th overall) in Thursday’s WNBA draft. The Mercury were looking for a “slasher,” a player who could fit into their open-court, fast-paced style, and Grant fit the bill.

Grant will still have to impress her new coaches enough to earn a roster spot, which is a similar challenge to the one now faced by Battle. The Nittany Lion junior announced yesterday than he was throwing his name into the ring for the 2010 NBA draft, but, by not hiring an agent, he left himself the option of returning to Penn State next year. Battle confirmed that his decision is about determining his best options: If he impresses NBA scouts enough to get a first-round guarantee (and the guaranteed contract that comes with it), he’d be crazy not to leave. But if — much more likely — he’s told that he’s a second-round pick at best, Battle will almost certainly be back for his senior season. As respected draft analyst Jerry Palm told the Daily Collegian, “I don’t really see a lot of reason for optimism from him in terms of the draft. I would expect he probably comes back to school.”

I imagine I speak for all Penn State basketball fans when I say I’d love to see Talor Battle in an NBA uniform… just not next season.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 9, 2010 at 8:56 am 1 comment

Talor Battle & Tyra Grant Hope to Feel A Draft

The 2010 WNBA draft tips off today at 3 p.m., and former Lady Lion Tyra Grant is among the players hoping to hear their names called. The consensus among WNBA “mock” drafts is that Grant will be chosen in the second or third round of the three-round draft. Recent Collegian alumnus Matt Fortuna has a nice piece on Grant’s pre-draft preparations in today’s Altoona Mirror. You can follow the draft live online on the WNBA Web site.

And some “breaking” draft news — received just as I was about to post this: Nittany Lion junior Talor Battle has submitted his name for the 2010 NBA Draft. Before Penn State hoop fans panic, know that Battle’s decision is almost certainly exploratory, and nothing more: By not hiring an agent, he gives himself the chance to work out for NBA scouts, get feedback on how to plug the holes in his game, and pull his name out of the hat before the NCAA-mandated May 8 deadline. I have yet to see an NBA mock draft that includes Battle’s name for 2010, but if (as expected) he comes back with a better sense of where he needs to improve and has a strong senior season, he’ll give himself a decent shot of being chosen in 2011.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm 1 comment

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