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Pitt guard Wanamaker awaiting his NBA fate

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By John Grupp
Thursday, June 23, 2011
 

Brad Wanamaker spent the past three weeks crisscrossing the nation working out for NBA teams from Boston to Los Angeles. Now, the former Pitt guard must try to sit still.

Wanamaker, who finished his workout tour Monday with the Lakers, will watch the NBA Draft at 7 p.m. today from his hometown of Philadelphia to see if all of the hard work paid off.

"I've got a good feeling," he said. "I'm a little bit nervous, but at the same time I'm excited."

Wanamaker is only the second player in Pitt history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in his career. That versatility, toughness and court sense has intrigued NBA general managers.

Since May 30, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound Wanamaker has worked out for San Antonio, Indiana, Boston, New Jersey, Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and the Lakers. He worked out against some of the top point guard prospects in the draft, including Norris Cole (ESPN's No. 5 point guard), Iman Shumpert (No. 6), Malcolm Lee (9), Shelvin Mack (12), Cory Joseph (14) and Demetri McCamey (15).

"Whatever they threw out, I think I did very well," Wanamaker said. "I did well in every head-to-head and, for the most part, I got the best of all of them."

Wanamaker trained at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and is represented by DeJuan Blair's agent, Happy Walters. His name is found on virtually every top-100 prospect list. His status ranges from No. 41 ( HoopsWorld.com ) to No. 75 ( NBADraft.net ), putting him on the fringe of the two-round, 60-pick draft.

"He can handle the ball," ESPN's Jay Bilas said last week. "Tough kid, good passer, can drive the ball a little bit and is strong enough to absorb a bump. I've got him ranked right at the end of the second round."

Also ranked in the HoopsWorld top 100 are Pitt's Gilbert Brown (No. 51) and Gary McGhee (No. 82) and Duquesne's Damian Saunders (No. 69). According to his agent, T.J. Doyle, Brown has a deal in place to play overseas with an option to return after the NBA lockout, which could begin July 1.

Additional Information:

Feeling a draft

Pitt players selected in the NBA Draft since the league changed the format to two rounds in 1988:

1988: * Charles Smith (3rd overall, 76ers), Jerome Lane (23rd, Nuggets)

1992: Darren Morningstar (47th, Celtics)

1994: Eric Mobley (18th, Bucks)

1997: Mark Blount (54th, SuperSonics)

1999: Vonteego Cummings (26th, Pacers)

2005: Chris Taft (42nd, Warriors)

2007: Aaron Gray (49th, Bulls)

2009: Sam Young (36th, Grizzlies), DeJuan Blair (37th, Spurs)

* Charles Smith was traded to the Clippers on draft day for Hersey Hawkins and a 1989 first-round pick.

 

 

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