May 17, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. – While former Colorado State center Colton Iverson impressed the scores of NBA executives with what he was capable of on the court during the 2013 NBA Combine, Thursday and Friday at Chicago’s “Attack Athletics” facility, at least one evaluator standing on the sideline came into the event fully aware of what the honorable mention All-American could do on the hardwood.
That’s because Jason Phillips, the Rams’ Head Strength & Conditioning Coach who works directly with the CSU men’s basketball program, was invited to Chicago to work with “Bam Testing,” the team responsible for administering and evaluating the athletics testing portion of the combine, the prelude to June’s NBA Draft.
“I was really looking forward to the opportunity to work with some of the best basketball talent in the world,” said Phillips. “I was anxious to visit with NBA personnel and get a better understanding of how they evaluate talent and ability at the highest level.”
There is no doubt that Phillips’ involvement in the combine will elevate the Rams’ basketball program, as much, if not more than Iverson’s rising draft stock will.
“This was a great opportunity for me to visit with other coaches and find new and creative ways to incorporate some of these protocols into our training framework at CSU,” added Phillips. “I will be able to look at how the NBA uses the data that was recorded at the combine to create a more well-rounded profile on a player and how the physical tests relate to their skill level. This is a unique experience that will help CSU basketball and our strength and conditioning program continue to develop.”
Iverson’s stock rising
Iverson, one of only 60 players invited to the combine, impressed throughout the two-day workout, but it was his sheer size, stature and maturity that helped the Yankton, S.D., native stand out to the ESPNU broadcast team covering the event.
“He measures out at 7-feet with a 9-2 standing reach and a 7-2 wing; that changes your whole scouting report on him” said ESPN’s senior NBA writer Chad Ford of Iverson who was listed at 6-10 throughout his collegiate career. “He could move up 20, 30 spots in the draft just based on his measurements because you have to look at him differently now when you say he has the legitimate size to guard NBA fives.”
Ford had Iverson rated as the No. 64 player in his pre-combine mock draft on ESPN.com
Added former NBA executive Tom Penn, “He fits the role of immediate help, immediate plug-in player because of his physical stature and the mature body … That coach says, ‘Give me somebody I can have in my rotation right now,’ and he fits the mold.”
Following the combine, Iverson will participate in individual workouts for many NBA teams while he continues to train in preparation for the 2013 NBA Draft, scheduled for June 27th at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., with live coverage on ESPN beginning at 5 p.m. MT.
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