The main goal for a basketball player finishing up his collegiate career is to play at the next level. He wants to become the next big thing in the NBA. If he was a great player in college, then he would want to perform the same at the next level. As for Adonis Thomas and D.J. Stephens, they both worked out for teams and received positive feedback, but didn’t get drafted by a NBA team. The city of Memphis didn’t have a reason to celebrate after Thursday night’s draft.
Some mock drafts had both Thomas and Stephens going in the second-round, but it didn’t happen.
Adonis Thomas (6-6, 230), dropped between 10 to 15 pounds during training leading up to the draft. He worked out for 13 teams, but no one seemed truly interested. As a sophomore at Memphis, he finished second in scoring (11.7) and fourth in rebounding (4.5). He was also a third-team all-C-USA selection.
Stephens (6-6, 194), had an awesome senior year at Memphis. He was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and a third-team all-C-USA selection. He averaged 7.6 points and led the team in rebounding (6.6). He had a conference best 95 blocks, which was ranked fourth all-time in a season by a Tigers player.
Coach Josh Pastner stated before Thursday’s draft that he believed that both players would get drafted.
Even though their names were not called, Thomas and Stephens will likely be invited to NBA free-agent camps to try out for a team.
“It’s not about Thursday,” said Pastner. “It’s about working to get yourself on a team by producing on the floor when you get into summer leagues and from there making the most of that opportunity. Both guys are gonna do it. I truly believe it.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.