CHD Mock NBA Draft 2015 (Version 1.0)

The NBA draft will take place on June 25.  Now that the lottery is over, CHD’s Jon Teitel offers his predictions on who will get picked in what spot.  Feel free to add your 2 cents in the comments section.


1 Minnesota: Karl-Anthony Towns, C (Kentucky)
2 LA Lakers: Jahlil Okafor, C (Duke)
3 Philadelphia: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG (Congo)
4 New York: D’Angelo Russell, PG/SG (Ohio State)
5 Orlando: Kristaps Porzingis, PF (Latvia)
6 Sacramento: Justise Winslow, SG/SF (Duke)
7 Denver: Mario Hezonja, SG/SF (Croatia)
8 Detroit: Stanley Johnson, SF (Arizona)
9 Charlotte: Myles Turner, PF/C (Texas)
10 Miami: Willie Cauley-Stein, C (Kentucky)
11 Indiana: Devin Booker, SG (Kentucky)
12 Utah: Frank Kaminsky, C (Wisconsin)
13 Phoenix: Kelly Oubre, SF (Kansas)
14 Oklahoma City: Trey Lyles, PF (Kentucky)
15 Atlanta: Sam Dekker, SF (Wisconsin)
16 Boston: Bobby Portis, PF (Arkansas)
17 Milwaukee: Kevon Looney, SF/PF (UCLA)
18 Houston: Cameron Payne, PG (Murray State)
19 Washington: Montrezl Harrell, PF (Louisville)
20 Toronto: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF (Arizona)
21 Dallas: Jerian Grant, PG (Notre Dame)
22 Chicago: Christian Wood, PF (UNLV)
23 Portland: Justin Anderson, SG/SF (Virginia)
24 Cleveland: RJ Hunter, SG (Georgia State)
25 Memphis: Delon Wright, PG/SG (Utah)
26 San Antonio: Rashad Vaughn, PG/SG (UNLV)
27 LA Lakers: Tyus Jones, PG (Duke)
28 Boston: Robert Upshaw, C (Washington)
29 Brooklyn: Jarell Martin, PF (LSU)
30 Golden State: Chris McCullough, PF (Syracuse)


Tuttle leads the huddle: CHD interviews Northern Iowa F Seth Tuttle

UNI has a storied basketball history, but there is only one Panther to ever be named a Division 1 second-team All-American: Seth Tuttle.  The former high school quarterback also left his mark throughout the school’s record book, as he finished his career in the top-10 in several categories (PTS, FTM, FG%, BLK, etc.).  He started strong as a freshman by being named conference ROY, and finished strong as a seniors by being named conference POY.  CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Tuttle about shooting threes, calling plays, and whose last name is harder to pronounce.


You grew up in Iowa: what made you choose Northern Iowa over bigger schools like Iowa and Iowa State? I grew up as a huge Iowa State fan because my dad went there, but I quickly built a relationship with the coaching staff here and it felt like a family environment. I fell in love with that and I did not have offers from Iowa or Iowa State, which helped narrow it down to UNI.

In 2012 you were named MVC ROY after becoming the first freshman in conference history to lead the league in shooting (65.2 FG%): how were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? That award should have gone to our point guards: I was just a role player who ran the floor and played defense and hustled. We did not run any plays for me: I just tried to get in the right spot and out-work people. It proved to me that I had to keep working to be a really good player. Continue Reading


Welcome to the Palestra: CHD interviews Penn recruit Tyler Hamilton

The Quakers have had a rough six months: after completing their third straight losing season, they fired Coach Jerome Allen and replaced him with Steve Donahue. However, the future looks a bit brighter due to an incoming freshman class that they hope will restore the proud tradition of Penn basketball. CHD’s Jon Teitel recently got to chat with Penn recruit Tyler Hamilton about why he chose the Quakers and what he knows about his new coach.


You grew up in Georgia: how did you end up at prep school in Connecticut? I used to live overseas with my father when he played basketball all over the world. I have always been one of the youngest in my grade and I wanted to get an Ivy League education, so I wanted to attend a prep school in the Northeast. Continue Reading


He knows how to hire a “Smart” coach: CHD interviews Texas AD Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson was named athletic director at Texas in 2013 and just had to make the biggest basketball coaching decision of his college career a few weeks ago. He was president of the Portland Trail Blazers from 2003-2007 during the time that the team acquired future All-Stars Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, and also worked in Houston as both senior vice president of the Texans as well as general manager of the Rockets. After meeting Mr. Patterson at last winter’s NCAA annual convention, CHD’s Jon Teitel finally got to chat with him about running 1 of the top athletic departments in the nation and a variety of cutting-edge topics.


Your father Ray was GM of the Houston Rockets from 1972-1990: how much of an influence was he on your own decision to get into the world of sports, and what is your favorite memory of “Clutch City”? He had a large influence on my life in sports: I started working at age 10 or 11 answering phones when we did not even have any furniture! The best part was the way the city reacted to winning a championship: a lot of celebrations can become violent but our fans had a great time cheering on our team. Continue Reading


Welcome to the Palestra: CHD interviews Penn recruit Max Rothschild

The Penn Quakers have had a rough six months: after completing their third straight losing season, they fired Coach Jerome Allen and replaced him with Steve Donahue.  However, the future looks a bit brighter due to an incoming freshman class that they hope will restore the proud tradition of Penn basketball.  CHD’s Jon Teitel recently got to chat with Penn recruit Max Rothschild about why he chose the Quakers and what he knows about his new coach. 


You grew up in Chicago: how did you end up at prep school in New Hampshire? My recruiting was not going the way I wanted to during high school. I got a couple of looks from some D-3 schools, but my dream is to play D-1 so I decided to go to prep school on the advice of my AAU coach. I did not agree with it at first but later realized that it was the best option for me. Continue Reading


This Cannon has some serious firepower: CHD interviews St. Francis forward Jalen Cannon

Jalen Cannon is the very definition of improvement during a college career: NEC All-Rookie Team as a freshman, second-Team All-NEC as a sophomore, 1st-Team All-NEC as a junior, and conference POY as a senior.  He is the leading scorer in school history, the leading rebounder in conference history, and last month helped his school reach the postseason for the 1st time in more than 50 years.  CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Cannon about everything he accomplished in college and what he plans to do after graduation.


St. Francis was the only college that offered you a scholarship: how easy a decision was it to go there, and were you disappointed that you did not get more offers? It was an easy decision for me: my high school and AAU coaches told me to commit on the spot rather than wait to see if anything else opened up. I was a little disappointed after all of my hard work, but it worked out really well for me. Continue Reading


Happy Anniversary: CHD reflects on 1965 national POY Bill Bradley

Perhaps the Blue Devils would have won an NCAA title a half-century ago had high school star Bill Bradley stuck with his initial decision to attend Duke in the fall of 1961.  However, after Bradley changed his mind and enrolled at Princeton, the accolades started to accumulate.  He scored more than 30 points per game for the freshman team, was named first-team All-American as a sophomore, won an Olympic gold medal for Team USA as a junior, and was named tourney MOP as a senior after scoring an NCAA-record 58 points in a consolation game win over Wichita State.  He graduated as the top scorer in Ivy League history but instead of going directly he went to Oxford after receiving a Rhodes Scholarship.  In 1979 he became the youngest member of the US Senate, and after winning a pair of NCAA titles with the Knicks he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.  CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Princeton AD Gary Walters about the remarkable career of his longtime friend.


Bill received 75 college scholarship offers after being a two-time HS All-American and initially chose to attend Duke, but later decided to go to Princeton just three days before the 1961 fall semester began: what made him change his mind, and why did it take him so long to make his decision? I think that is actually an urban myth.

During his first year at Princeton he averaged 30 plus points per game for the freshman team and at one point made 57 straight free throws: what was his secret for free throw shooting? Repetition and muscle memory: he just practiced all the time and made the necessary adjustments. He is what Malcolm Gladwell would call a “physical genius”. Continue Reading


High School Superstar: CHD interviews McDonald’s All-American Allonzo Trier

Many basketball “experts” consider Allonzo Trier to be the best pure scorer of any high school player in the country.  After starring for Findlay Prep this year, he will follow the path taken by fellow Findlay alums Nick Johnson/Brandon Ashley and take his talents to Tucson this fall to play for the Arizona Wildcats.  He won a gold medal with Team USA last year and scored a team-high 17 points to help his team win the McDonald’s All-American Game last week.  CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Trier earlier today after he finished practiced in Portland, where he is preparing for this Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit with fellow high school star teammates including Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), and Chase Jeter (Duke).


You were featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine back in 2009: what has been the biggest change in your life since then? Relocating all over the country and playing at different high schools, which has allowed me to have the success I have today.

Last year you won a gold medal with Team USA at the U18 FIBA Americas World Championships: how did it feel to see your former teammates Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow win an NCAA title last Monday night? I am very happy for them: who would have thought they would win it all as freshmen?  It was a special moment. Continue Reading