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Notebook: Krauser leaves pre-draft camp on positive note

| Saturday, June 11, 2005

He struggled with his shooting, but Pitt's Carl Krauser played perhaps his best game on the final day of the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, although his team dropped a 102-97 decision. Krauser, who was 0 for 5 -- all from 2-point range -- handed out seven assists on Friday, second only to the game-high nine produced by Notre Dame's Chris Thomas, who was a backcourt teammate of Krauser's on a team that lost all three of its games this week. Another of Krauser's teammates, West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle, also fared well, scoring a game-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the loss to a team led by Washington's Tre Simmons, who scored a game-high 24 points. Elsewhere, former West Virginia center D'or Fischer came away from the camp's final game of the week last night encouraged by his week's performance. The 6-foot-11 Fischer was approached in a hallway by former NBA big man Olden Polynice, who told him he did "very well."

  • Krauser was unusually animated following his final game, conducting interviews, including with's Andy Katz, further proving his popularity with the national media. He appeared upbeat, except to say that he was having trouble handling the ball during the game. The reason was the NBA is experimenting with a synthetic-coated ball instead of one covered in leather. Krauser and other players yesterday complained that the balls became slippery when coming in contact with sweat. But, Krauser quickly turned his attention to his draft status, which many observers at the camp say could be enhanced greatly by returning to Pitt for his senior season. "This NBA thing is easy," Krauser said. "I feel better than ever about my chances now." Former Cleveland Cavaliers interim coach Brendan Malone said he told Krauser that he should go home and work on his shooting. "He told me to shoot 500 jump shots each day and 5,000 if I can get someone to pass the ball to me," Krauser said.

  • Maurice Lucas, the former Schenley High School star who enjoyed productive NBA and ABA careers, averaging a double-double in scoring and rebounding six times, was on hand this week to watch his son, former Oregon State star David Lucas, perform. David Lucas played 15 minutes yesterday against Krauser and Pittsnogle's team, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds. The 6-foot-8, 246-pound Tigard, Ore., native averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior last season at Oregon State after entering the year as the Pac-10 Conference's second-leading scorer from the previous season.

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