[SAEN] 马刺队次轮选秀雷达上的老将后卫们

By Tom Orsborn, Staff writer | San Antonio Express-News, 2024-06-14 09:13:52

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2024年2月24日星期六,在洛杉矶举行的NCAA大学篮球比赛上半场,南加州大学后卫布吉·埃利斯(5)突破上篮,UCLA后卫迪伦·安德鲁斯(2)防守

在“一年制”的时代,南加州大学前球星布吉·埃利斯(Boogie Ellis)为打了五年大学篮球而感到自豪。

这位控球后卫说:“我已经经历过不同的情况,很多起起伏伏,很多情绪。我在场内外学到了很多东西。

“拥有这种经验和这些年的积累给了我优势。”

埃利斯最近在胜利资本表现中心参加了马刺队的试训。主教练格雷格·波波维奇亲临现场,与埃利斯会面,无疑对这位经验丰富的23岁圣地亚哥本地人出现在马刺队6月26日至27日的选秀雷达上感到高兴。

在过去几个赛季中,波波维奇多次指出,他和他的教练组不得不进行“更多基础教学”,因为球队的阵容中有很多球员“没有基础”,他们在进入联盟时还只是青少年,或者只打了一年的大学篮球。

波波维奇上赛季在执教NBA最年轻的球队时说:“这些家伙都是新手。”

但埃利斯的情况并非如此,球探们预计他将在第二轮被选中。马刺队拥有两张第二轮选秀权(第35顺位和第48顺位),以及两张乐透签(第4顺位和第8顺位)。

埃利斯是一名来自使命湾高中的四星级新秀,在为前NBA球星佩尼·哈达威执教的孟菲斯大学效力两年后,在南加州大学效力了三个赛季。

埃利斯利用额外的COVID资格延长了一年回到南加州大学,在2023-24赛季,他的场均得分达到全队最高的16.5分,3.5个篮板和3.0次助攻,同时他的三分球命中率高达41.8%,在全队7.2次三分球出手中排名第一。

马刺队正在寻求射手,为2024年NBA年度最佳新秀维克多·文班亚马(Victor Wembanyama)拉开空间,身高6英尺3英寸、体重185磅的埃利斯符合这一要求。

他说:“在大学里,我投篮非常出色,能够拉开空间。我能做任何事情,在三个进攻区域得分。所以,站在文班亚马身边,我会让他的比赛变得轻松很多。”

埃利斯说,他高效的投篮命中率来自于他刻苦训练的成果。

他说:“我专注于细节,努力每年都改善我的投篮机制。重要的是坚持日常训练。当你每天都坚持训练,你的投篮命中率就会越来越高。”

埃利斯职业生涯三分球命中率为38.4%,场均出手5.3次。上赛季,他在六场比赛中投进5个或更多三分球,其中包括11月对阵东华盛顿大学的比赛中,他10投8中,贡献28分。

他说:“我寻找了一些可以纠正和改进的小细节,我的投篮水平也越来越好。”

这种刻苦训练的精神非常适合银黑军团。

埃利斯说:“我觉得我是一个勤奋的人。”他的经纪公司是LIFT Sports,这家公司也代理着马刺队控球后卫特雷·琼斯(Tre Jones)。“我觉得我会很好地代表马刺队的文化。”

他还认为自己有能力在下一个级别的比赛中打控球后卫。

埃利斯说:“我有机会为有史以来最伟大的控球后卫之一效力,他教会了我很多东西。”他指的是哈达威,这位在1993年开始的14年职业生涯中为奥兰多魔术队效力过四次全明星。

当马刺队在第二轮选秀时,埃利斯并不是唯一一位有经验的控球后卫。

马刺队还最近试训了身高6英尺1英寸、体重190磅的前休斯顿大学球星贾马尔·谢德(Jamal Shead),他为休斯顿大学效力了四个赛季,在2023-24赛季场均贡献13.2分、6.2次助攻和2.3次抢断,三分球命中率为32.7%,场均出手3.8次。

谢德将于7月年满22岁,他说:“我会很快就能帮助球队,而不是需要磨合。我年龄更大,有经验,在大学里赢过很多比赛,我有一种胜利的心态,有很多无形的资产可以让我继续成长。”

埃利斯认为自己也是如此。

他说:“很多年轻球员都没有经历过像我这样的考验。我已经为任何情况做好了准备。”

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内华达州拉斯维加斯 - 3月13日:USC特洛伊人队的布吉·埃利斯(5)在2024年3月13日内华达州拉斯维加斯T-Mobile球馆举行的Pac-12联盟篮球锦标赛首轮比赛中对阵华盛顿大学野猫队的上半场控制着球。特洛伊人队以80-74战胜了野猫队。(David Becker/Getty Images摄)

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2024年3月2日星期六,在西雅图举行的NCAA大学篮球比赛下半场,南加州大学后卫布吉·埃利斯(5)投篮,华盛顿大学前锋摩西·伍德(13)防守

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2024年3月9日星期六,在洛杉矶举行的NCAA大学篮球比赛上半场,南加州大学后卫布吉·埃利斯(5)受到亚利桑那大学后卫凯兰·博斯韦尔(4)的防守

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2024年5月14日星期二,在芝加哥举行的2024年NBA篮球选秀联合训练营中,左侧的贾马尔·谢德突破布吉·埃利斯。(美联社照片/南英·何)

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休斯顿大学美洲狮队后卫贾马尔·谢德(1)在2024年3月24日星期日,孟菲斯联邦快递论坛举行的男子NCAA锦标赛第二轮比赛中,突破德克萨斯农工大学野猫队后卫杰斯·卡特(0)。(美联社照片/大卫·克莱顿)

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休斯顿大学美洲狮队后卫贾马尔·谢德(1)在2024年3月24日星期日,孟菲斯联邦快递论坛举行的男子NCAA锦标赛第二轮比赛中,与德克萨斯农工大学野猫队前锋所罗门·华盛顿(13)对抗。(美联社照片/大卫·克莱顿)

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休斯顿大学美洲狮队后卫贾马尔·谢德(1)在2024年3月24日星期日,孟菲斯联邦快递论坛举行的男子NCAA锦标赛第二轮比赛中,突破德克萨斯农工大学野猫队后卫韦德·泰勒四世(4)和曼尼·奥巴塞基(35)。(美联社照片/大卫·克莱顿)

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Older, experienced guards on Spurs’ second-round draft radar

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Southern California guard Boogie Ellis (5) drives to the basket as UCLA guard Dylan Andrews (2) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 in Los Angeles.

Former Southern Cal star Boogie Ellis takes pride in having played five seasons of college ball in this one-and-done era.

“I’ve been through different situations, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of emotions,” the point guard said. "I have learned so much on and off the court.

“Having that experience and those years under my belt gives me an advantage.”

Ellis recently worked out for the Spurs at the Victory Capital Performance Center. Coach Gregg Popovich was on hand to meet Ellis and was undoubtedly pleased to see the seasoned 23-year-old San Diego native on the team’s radar for the June 26-27 draft.

Several times during the past few seasons, Popovich has pointed out that he and his staff have had to do “more fundamental teaching” because the team’s roster contains so many players “who don’t have the fundamentals” after entering the league as teens or after just a year of college.

“These guys are neophytes,” Popovich said last season of coaching the NBA’s youngest team.

But that’s not the case with Ellis, who scouts project as a second-round prospect. The Spurs own two second-round picks (35th and 48th overall) along with their two lottery picks (Nos. 4 and 8 overall).

Ellis, a four-star recruit out of Mission Bay High, spent three seasons with the Trojans after playing the first two years of his college career at Memphis under former NBA star Penny Hardaway.

Ellis took advantage of an extra year of COVID eligibility to return to USC for the 2023-24 season, which saw him average a team-high 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting a sterling 41.8% from 3-point territory on a team-best 7.2 attempts per contest.

The Spurs are in the market for shooters to space the floor for 2024 NBA Rookie of the Year Victor Wembanyama, and the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Ellis fits the bill.

“In college, I shot the ball extremely well and was able to space the floor,” he said. “I can do it all, score at all three levels. So being next to someone like Wembanyama, I would make his life a lot easier.”

Ellis said his efficient sharpshooting is the result of a disciplined approach to improving his stroke.

“I focus on the little details, trying to get better and better with my mechanics every year,” he said. “It’s about sticking to a routine. Once you have a routine you do every single day, your shooting will get better and better.”

For his career, Ellis shot 38.4% from deep on 5.3 attempts per outing. Last season, he made five or more 3s in six games, including hitting 8 of 10 in a November win against Eastern Washington on his way to 28 points.

“I looked for little things I could correct and fix in the offseason, and my shooting got better and better,” he said.

It’s a pounding-the-rock approach that would fit in well with the Silver & Black.

“I feel like I am a hard worker,” said Ellis, who is represented by LIFT Sports, whose clients include Spurs point guard Tre Jones. “I feel like I would represent the Spurs culture well.”

He also believes he’s well-equipped to play the point at the next level.

“I got a chance to play for one of the greatest point guards ever and he taught me a lot,” Ellis said, referring to Hardaway, a four-time All-Star for Orlando during a 14-year career that began in 1993.

Ellis isn’t the only experienced point guard who could be available when the Spurs are on the clock in the second round.

The Spurs also recently worked out 6-foot-1, 190-pound former Houston standout Jamal Shead, who played four seasons for the Cougars and averaged 13.2 points, 6.2 assists and 2.3 steals in 2023-24 while shooting 32.7% from beyond the arc on 3.8 attempts per game.

“I’ll be able to help sooner rather than be a work in progress,” said Shead, who turns 22 in July. “Being older, being a guy who has experience under his belt and a lot of winning in college, I have a winning mentality, a lot of intangibles I can build on.”

Ellis believes the same is true of him.

“A lot of young guys haven’t been through the fire like I have,” he said. “I am prepared for any situation.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 13: Boogie Ellis #5 of the USC Trojans of the USC Trojans handles the ball in the first half of a first round game against the Washington Huskies during the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 13, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Trojans defeated the Huskies 80-74. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Southern California guard Boogie Ellis (5) shots as Washington forward Moses Wood (13) defends during the second half an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Seattle.

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Southern California guard Boogie Ellis (5) is defended by Arizona guard Kylan Boswell (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 9, 2024, in Los Angeles.

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Jamal Shead, left, drives against Boogie Ellis during the 2024 NBA basketball Draft Combine in Chicago, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Houston Cougars guard Jamal Shead (1) drives against Texas A&M Aggies guard Jace Carter (0) during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the men’s NCAA Tournament at FedExForum on Sunday, March 24, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn.

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Houston Cougars guard Jamal Shead (1) goes up against Texas A&M Aggies forward Solomon Washington (13) during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the men’s NCAA Tournament at FedExForum on Sunday, March 24, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn.

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Houston Cougars guard Jamal Shead (1) goes up between Texas A&M Aggies guards Wade Taylor IV (4) and Manny Obaseki (35) during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the men’s NCAA Tournament at FedExForum on Sunday, March 24, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn.

By Tom Orsborn, Staff writer, via San Antonio Express-News