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06-04-2003, 10:42 AM
Anything new on what is up with Brett Blizzard? Is he heading to Chicago or what?
06-04-2003, 05:46 PM
I'll answer my own question. Just heard on Espn radio with Jim and TJ that Brett maybe playing with the Wilmington Wave Rockers this summer with Craig Callahan and Baron Thelmon. That would be pretty cool to see.
06-04-2003, 07:53 PM
Not a great sign, for a kid who hoped to be in the NBA.
06-04-2003, 07:55 PM
He has worked out with them and CC,Barron,Stan and Shannon Merritt are also with them as of today at practice.He was not there today and might play some with them.
06-04-2003, 09:06 PM
We had a little bit on our show Tuesday. Blizz has worked out with the Cavs and Nuggets over the past two weeks. He told us his workouts went well, and he received positive feedback. The workouts included visits with the GMs as well as psych tests. His agent is trying to arrange workouts with Houston, Golden State, and Detroit in the coming weeks. Brett still doesn't feel he will be drafted, but is expecting calls from teams for invites to summer camps. As for the Wave Rockers, he is considering it as an option to make some summer cash before NBA camp invites. A decision could come any day.
06-04-2003, 09:21 PM
..................word on the street is if Brett is not drafted he will play with the Cav's summer league. This is a great situation, he will get looks from not only the Cav's but others as well. If I remember right the summer league was on ESPN some last year!! I think Brett will be playing in the NBA wih someone next year.
06-04-2003, 09:34 PM
We'll have a little bit on what Craig is up to tonight at 11 if anyone's interested.
06-04-2003, 09:41 PM
Always like to hear what the alumni are up to.
06-04-2003, 10:29 PM
Thanks for the update WECT. Please let us know when new information is available. I'll make sure I watch the 11PM news.
06-05-2003, 11:32 AM
I was listening to the Old Dominion Coach's Show a few months ago and
the coach of the Monarchs said Brett would be a draft pick.
He compared him to Drew Brees who played for Valpo a few years
ago. Now a solid contributor in the league
06-05-2003, 11:52 AM
He compared him to Drew Brees who played for Valpo a few years
Drew Brees: Purdue QB, plays for San Diego Chargers now
Bryce Drew: Valpo guard, not sure where he plays (i don't know half the players in the NBA and what team they are on anymore)
oopsies ;) honest mistake, just like sammy's ;)
06-05-2003, 11:55 AM
Just as I saw/heard on a telecast on Comcast that the kid would be drafted. That is a case of the scout/coach simply being generous in regards to BB getting drafted. If Taylor came out and said, "Blizzard is a great CAA player, but no way he gets drafted", he'd be crucified, even though he'd be right.
Brett will be playing in Europe, and I'm sure he will make a nice living over there, but he won't be in the NBA.
06-05-2003, 12:14 PM
Just like all of your other "ODU greats" Heywood!
06-05-2003, 04:03 PM
Let's not let this become a flaming thread. I don't think that Blizzard will get drafted. Do I think that he will one day play in the NBA? Definitely.
I think that we will see Blizzard play overseas for a couple of years and then get a shot at the league. He is too good of a shooter, defender, and too hard of a worker not to. Heywood, you have to admit that he has a chance to suit up one day. I don't think that he will ever be a star by any means, but the Bryce Drew comparison may be accurate.
06-05-2003, 05:05 PM
Look, for the umpteenth time, I think the world of him as a college player. The NBA is a different game, with a different caliber of athlete. I think he would really struggle to make his own shot in that league, and I think he would be in WAYYYYYYYYYYY over his head, defensively, in that league. He's not a PG, so he would be forced to play some of the absolute best athletes in the WORLD defensively. Take a minute, and think about the NBA SGs. It's ridiculous how good these guys are.
I HOPE the kid makes it, it would give me a reason to watch some game I normally would not (Cleveland vs Atlanta, etc), but I just don't see it happening.
Real One, I'm not sure what the point of your post was, but ODU has put PLENTY of guys into the NBA. This is the FIRST season in about 20-25 years that an ODU alum is NOT in the league. We've had first round picks, an NBA All Star, a starting PG for an NBA championship team. Come on, use your head.
06-05-2003, 06:13 PM
How long ago Heywood?
06-05-2003, 06:24 PM
Bryce Drew: Valpo guard, not sure where he plays
Bryce was playing for the Hornets.
Not that is relavant to this tread, but a fact anyways. :)
06-05-2003, 10:09 PM
Leave it to Heywood to live in the past!
06-05-2003, 10:16 PM
Brett will get a look this year from someone and the truth is nobody can predict what happens when you step onto the court and play.I think that Brett can play some point and is a superstrong guard who can hold his own against most players on defense-the thing for him will be getting to a club who needs what he has to offer.There will always be a demand for guys who can shoot the ball,take a look at the NBA and most shooting guards are not even good shooters much less great and the zone has also changed the game to enable guys like BB to be an asset instead of the last man on the bench.My feeling is he has a decent chance to make a roster this year and will play in the league for sure some day.What happened to Cal B. I was no surprised that he was drafted or that he flopped,he seemed to be lazy but talented.
06-05-2003, 10:22 PM
I think Brett could help a team out there some where in the league. If Bryce Drew can play in the NBA, Brett can. I think he's a lot better defender than people think. I saw him about a month ago giving a clinic to some kids and he was demonstrating a "progressions" drill where someone will stand at the FT line and throw the ball to either side of the baseline very quickly. The boy can really move and is a FAR better athlete than anyone gives him credit. Steve Kerr really made a huge difference in a game recently so shooters can really make a difference. The thing about Brett is that he can shoot the ball incredibly quickly and that alone should give him at shot at some point. If not, we were very lucky to watched him for 4 very good college seasons.
06-05-2003, 11:17 PM
I agree Bill. Brett has been amazing to watch and I have never seen a player that put more heart into the game than Brett Blizzard. Thats what basektaball is all about. I don't judge whether he is successful or not based on if he is an NBA player or a multimillionare insurance salesman. He inspired us here at Trask and in the NCAA tournament. He put on a show for us placing a small, overlooked school on the radar. I am amazed by what he led us to and I think he has already proved himself as a successful basketball player and a good guy. I see players all the time that could play in the NBA but aren't. There is no fine line between those that play in the NBA and some that play in "lesser" leagues. Brett has proven that he has all of the skills needed to carry on his success in the NBA. It just really boils down to luck and good showings at the camps. The end of the 2nd round is open to anyone but if Brett is not picked it will only give him more motivation to prove that underdogs can move up the chain. Just as he has shown us here at UNC Wilmington!
06-06-2003, 04:00 AM
You know, you UNCW fans are the best....really. You stick together on a thought and voice your opinion AND why. But anyway....
You ALL are right. Brett will play in Europe when he doesn't get drafted this year. But hey, we are talking about a guy in his early 20's. He will play in the NBA before the end of his career. As he gets the BALLA confidence (and evaporates the college game from his game), he will become just a shooter. Shooters (3pt esp.) are needed in the NBA to spark comebacks. Look at Barry of the Pistons, Kerr of the Spurs, Bell of the Mavericks (but Raja is a BALLA...Brett is not a BALLA just quite yet), etc. Teams need "3 Point Specialists". That will be Brett's position. He will never be a starter or anything. Hey, maybe one day he'll be a 6th-8th man. But for now, let's wish him luck in the NBDL, Europe leagues or where ever he goes......WE ALL WISH HIM GOOD LUCK :)
06-06-2003, 08:27 AM
Actually, Cal was known as one of the hardest workers ODU has ever had. He came to ODU at about 210lbs, and wanted to hang around outside, shooting jumpshots. He worked hard to get to a solid 240-250 lbs, and develop into an outstanding defensive player.
As for ODU, Gatling was an All Star in the mid 90s, and Dave Twardzik started at PG for an NBA championship team in the late 70s.
Gatling, Mark West, Kenny Gattison... these guys all had nice NBA careers.
06-06-2003, 09:31 AM
What were everyones thoughts on Brett's play in the Portsmouth?
06-18-2003, 10:50 PM
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:lol: Just playin, fellas
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