Derrick Low: NBA bound?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Derrick Low (Honolulu born) who plays for Washington State isn't a definitive pick for the 2008 NBA Draft by any means, and many have him going undrafted - but he still is getting mentioned in at least one source with a possible second round pick.

Right now has him going in the second round to Utah and here's what they had to say about his strengths:

Throw back type of scrappy point guard who plays with a ton of heart … His point guard and leadership abilities are strong … Good decision maker who can put points up quickly from the perimeter … Very focused. Smart player who has a solid feel for the game … Always plays under control. Team player who rarely makes bad decisions ... Clutch player, wants the ball in his hands at the end of close games … Gets the most of his abilities and hustles at all times … Protects the ball well and finds teammates with solid vision of the floor. A gym rat. Hard worker who has shown steady improvement each year in college.
A snippet from his Draft Express Profile:

Washington State was able to play tough for 50 minutes thanks in part to a strong effort from junior Derrick Low. Though he has a lot to prove between now and the end of next season, he appears to have some potential for the next level.

Against Vanderbilt, Low displayed the ability to create his own shot, and hit difficult shots on the move. He knocked down both three pointers and floaters from mid-range over bigger defenders. He hit many key shots for Washington State against Vanderbilt, many coming when it seemed like momentum was shifting away from the Cougars. In addition to scoring and handling the ball well, he also plays tough defense, and gives a great all-around effort on the court.
At the same time, Draft Express doesn't have him in their current mock draft and neither does ESPN, or RealGM.

There's still time between now and the 2008 draft though, and a lot of things could shift around depending on what happens in the remainder of the season and what a team might eventually need. So while the outlook doesn't look great for Low to get drafted, it's still not out of the question either.