Lumberjacks Draft Report - Part 2
- By Tim Wallis, Day 1, 2021
Pick 45 - Deonte “Preacher” Christian (Memphis)
Christian was the starting point guard for #12 ranked Memphis as a senior, averaging 9.9ppg and 5.2apg in 23.4 minutes of playing time. Had an average first couple of games of the tournament before his foul problems contributed to the Tigers early exit in the round of 16 at the hands of new teammate McSwine’s Ohio State. Will challenge LaRose for minutes at the point this season.
Pick 53 - Dorian “The Cat” Sylvester (USC)
Sylvester (6-11) had averaged 12.5ppg 8.3rpg and 2.0bpg as the Trojans starting power forward as a junior, but lost his starting gig to Eric Davidson in 2020. Put up some great per minute numbers as a reserve and then had 12 points and 6 boards in 13 and a half minutes in USC’s tournament opener. Was quiet in the upset loss to New Mexico in the second round but could solidify a spot in the the Lumberjacks’ big man rotation.
Pick 58 - Marcus “Marcus Benton” Benton (Evansville)
The Lumberjacks most obscure pick, Benton only became a starter for #79 ranked Evansville in his senior year, putting up a relatively modest 14.7ppg in 25 minutes at small forward and shooting guard. Portland scouts recognised his potential as a two way player, but he’ll come into the league with a lot to prove.
Pick 63 - Amida “Meateater” Williams (Northeastern)
Williams might have appeared an even more obscure selection than Benton, coming from the 126th ranked team in the nation but unlike Benton, Williams had a chance to perform on the biggest stage. The CAA title earned Northeastern a matchup against UCLA in the first round and Williams acquitted himself well in a matchup against Detrez Owens, scoring 17 points with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.