2013 NBA Draft: Khalif Wyatt Deserves Look From Portland Trail Blazers, Other Teams

By John Raffel
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Khalif Wyatt is a 6-foor-4 guard from Temple who has been getting attention from NBA scouts, including the Portland Trail Blazers, who have one first-round and three second-round picks. He averaged 20.5 points a game as a senior and caught everyone’s attention with his scoring ability and toughness.

He was the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, but there’s still speculation on whether or not Wyatt will be drafted.The Blazers need to take a close look at Wyatt, who could be a good backup guard as a freshman. He averaged four assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game.

He had 31 points in each of two tournament games for Temple. It makes one wonder why a team in the first round wouldn’t be thinking of him. Wyatt hasn’t been able to catch the attention of pro scouts, who don’t rate him very highly as a hot commodity.

Because he can score, Wyatt is considered a decent prospect as a shooting guard. The word on him is he doesn’t have the athletic tools to get his own shot against tough NBA defenses. That factor has ruined the career of many college basketball prospects in the past.

Wyatt has been trying to catch someone’s attention via the camps he’s been attending. He’s been at several of them, realizing the scouts have reservations on whether he has the talent to make it in the NBA.Wyatt, with a bit of determination and hard work during the offseason, could surprise some people.

The Blazers want someone who has an NBA future, which is why they question Wyatt’s potential, but his scoring ability might make it worth the Blazers taking a shot at him.

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