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signoftimes
05-29-2003, 09:30 AM
UmmmmmOk inspired me to do a little research on undrafted players.

Aaron McGhee from Oklahoma was actually predicted to be an mid second round draft pick last year. Here's a few things I found on him.



Aaron McGhee

COLLEGE POS. HT. WT. PICKED BY ROUND/OVERALL

Oklahoma PF 6-8 250 /
A punishing performer in the paint, McGhee spent time at three different schools before settling in at Oklahoma, where he helped lead the Sooners to the Final Four last year for the first time since 1988... ...On the move again the following season, he showed up at Oklahoma, where he claimed an immediate spot in the starting frontcourt, placing second on the squad with 12.9 points per game and 21 blocked shots. Last year, he ranked among the Big 12 Conference's top-20 in scoring (16 ppg.), rebounds (7.7 rpg.), blocks (28) and free throw percentage (.822). He left draft evaluators with a lasting impression during his NCAA tournament performance, averaging 21.8 points during OU's five-game stint. A two-time All-Big 12 selection, McGhee will have to continue to use his on-court intensity for good (getting to the free throw stripe a squad-best 180 times in 2002) rather than evil (fouling out of a team-high 10 games over the last two seasons).



But the forward went undrafted despite earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in April. He averaged 22.3 points and 12.3 rebounds at the pre-draft camp.


Oklahoma forward Aaron McGhee has been terrific, but he still doesn't have a real NBA position. He's too short for power forward, not quick enough for small forward. But he certainly has an NBA game. McGhee has overpowered opponents in the lane, drawn fouls and made a few face-up jumpers. As valuable as Malik Rose has been to the San Antonio Spurs, it stands to reason there ought to be a place on a roster for McGhee.

Accomplishments
2001-02 - Voted 1st team All Big 12 by coaches
2001-02 - Big 12 All Tournament Team
2001-02 - Big 12 All Improved Team
2001-02 - Scored 1,000 points in 2 years
2000-01 - Voted All Big 12 Honorable Mention by coaches
2000-01 - All Big 12 Newcomer Team
1999-00 - NJCAA All American
1999-00 - NJCAA Region 12 Player of the Year
1999-00 - MVP of NJCAA National Tournament

McGhee Bio (http://soonersports.ocsn.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/mcghee_aaron00.html)

madape
05-29-2003, 09:48 AM
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Since we're talking about Oklahoma basketball, here's a player to watch out for:

Kelenna Azubuike
College : Kentucky
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
High School: Victory Christian
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 208
Position: G/F

General
An offensive machine, he’s one of the most proficient scorers to sign with the Wildcats in the Tubby Smith era... Can penetrate and finish strong with great hops... Can also shoot with range... Must improve defense... Should provide immediate depth at either swing position… Named pronounced “k-LYNN-a AU-zoo-boo-ki.”

High School
Averaged 39.1 ppg and 13.3 rpg to leading Victory Christian to the Class 4A state championship game as a senior, the third largest classification in Oklahoma... Led the state in scoring in each of his final three seasons, averaging 28.5 ppg as a sophomore and 38.7 ppg as a junior... Led his team to the state title as a sophomore... The All-State selection finished his career with 3,530 points, just 89 points shy of the Oklahoma career scoring record... Scored a career-best 65 points in his senior year and four times totaled between 50-60 points in his career... Was named Player of the Year as a junior and senior by the Tulsa World and the state’s coaches association... Was a four-year starter for the Conquerors... Was the only player to ever earn Oklahoma’s “Super 5” recognition three times, an honor bestowed upon the state’s top five players, regardless of classification...Played for Coach Joe Mercier.

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The Mavericks have been scouting this guy since he was 14. He briefly contemplated coming straight into the NBA as a high school senior, but since the Mavericks couldn't guarantee he'd be picked in the first round, he decided to play for the Wildcats for a year or two. I don't think he'll come out this year, but he's destined to have a big year at Kentucky.

Big Boy Laroux
05-29-2003, 09:55 AM
man, that dude from UK is INSTANT offense. haven't seen too much of him on the defensive side, but i saw him in person in the first round of the tourney. he can put up points, and quickly!

Avrillicker
05-31-2003, 05:15 AM
McGhee played in Italy for Scavolini Pesaro,but briefly. First,his girlfriend was found taking a leak in the club owner's garden at a party. Then mr. McGhee showed a certain attitude problem,in practices and games. His personal relationship with the leaking girl was tumultuos,and he'd often look like he enjoyed more than a few drinks in recent times at parctices. Finally,he was found driving drunk by the police on a back trip from an away game. His driving license was revoked. Two days later,he left Italy without notice. No-one cried