In a surefire sign that one-time possible Pistons target Jared Sullinger is now a longshot to be taken in the lottery, something that was at one time unthinkable, Chad Ford of ESPN reports that Sullinger will not even be invited to the draft:
NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson told ESPN.com that Sullinger wouldn’t be invited based on the reports the league had received that Sullinger wouldn’t go in the top 15.
“He’s more likely to go in the teens or in the 20s,” said Jackson. “We continue to have contact with teams but at this late date we don’t anticipate inviting him.”
Dan and I are both not-so-secret Big Ten basketball fans, in particular of Michigan (Dan) and Michigan State (me), so we’ve both watched and rooted against Sullinger and Ohio State quite a bit the last two seasons. But this is awful news for a player who, on talent alone, is easily one of the 10 best players in this draft. Whoever gets him is going to find a steal. It’s just unfortunate for Sullinger, because the different between going in the lottery and going late in the first round or even the second round will cost him millions of dollars.
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