The 2017 NBA Draft is just around the corner, and my phone's been ringing off the wall. NBA advance scouts and a couple of General Managers have checked in, wanting background info on potential draft picks. Normally it's me conducting the background checks for teams but when it's players from our organization I have to recuse myself so there's no air of impropriety about the process.
I'm proud to say this year, continuing to build on the legacy of the country's most successful club organization there will be three of our former players looking forward to their professional careers. They are Northeastern's 6'3" PG T J Williams (Pflugerville, TX), Central Michigan's 5'9" PG Marcus Keene (San Antonio, TX/Warren) and Baylor's 6'10" F Johnathan Motley (Galena Park, TX/Northshore).
While with the Texas D1 Ambassadors, Motley was coached by Richard Law, while both Keene and Williams played in the same back court and coached by my son, Chip Ivany & daughter in law, Judy Jones. The Williams-Keene combo was cut short, when William went down with a broken fibula.
Motley, a junior is expected to go late in the first round after posting monster double double numbers for the Bears.
A junior, Keene became the first player in over 20 years to average 30 points per game while leading Division One in scoring. He's undersized but can score with anyone. The recent success of Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas could really help boost Keene's stock.
A senior, Williams averaged over 20 points per game, as well as big assist and rebound numbers for his position.
All these young men are from great families, with Keen and Williams dads good friends of mine. It was my pleasure to be able to give glowing character references to these NBA executives on the three of them. I'm excited to see what's in store for them on the hardwood and off.