Saturday, 04 February 2017 12:41

Muscle take big risk for star rookie PG

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For three seasons, the Detroit Muscle have been too bad to make the playoffs but not bad enough to land one of the top picks in the OBWL draft.  They found themselves in that situation again, sitting at #8 while player after player on the top of their draft list went off the board.  But instead of selecting a second-tier talent in the draft, the Muscle instead traded the #8 pick and their first-round (and possible lottery) pick in the 2021 draft for 19-year-old PG Xander Remington from the University of California, who was drafted #2 by the Boston Buzzards.  "Xander gives us a player with superstar potential, which is something our roster really lacks," stated GM Mark Sands.  "This is a guy with plus potential in every area--shooting, passing, and defense.  He's a little raw right now, but we're hoping that a good training camp will have him ready for the everyday lineup come October."  Remington came off the bench for the 2018 National Champion and 2019 Pac-12 Champion Golden Bears.  Last year, he averaged 7.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, and 1.9 apg in just over 17mpg.  

The Muscle traded back into the draft in the second round, taking senior PF Arthur Prosser from Texas Christian with the 32nd overall pick.  Prosser was 2nd in the OCIL in rebounding last season, hauling in 11.2 rpg.  He scored 14.4 ppg and was 2nd Team All-Mountain West.  "We had Prosser as the 16th best player on our board," stated GM Mark Sands.  "This is a guy with double-double potential and he could be one of the best rebounders in the game.  Sure, his defense is a little, um, raw, but he's a big, strong kid who can be a difference maker."  To get Prosser, the Muscle sent SF Charles Minter to the San Diego Storm.  Minter was very effective off the bench in 2019, averaging 8.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 1.6 apg in 20 minutes per game.  

If the Muscle have another bad season, losing a Lottery pick to grab Remington could loom as a large mistake.  But given the talent available at #8 (the Buzzards selected solid, but unremarkable SF Lon Upchurch with the pick), it was a risk worth taking.


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