By Steven Petrella, The Baltimore Sun
5:42 PM PDT, June 21, 2012
Kim English isn't going to kick the NBA's door off its hinges.
He'll have to gently open it up, even if the door creaks a little bit along the way.
"I think he's a kid that will be great in a role where he has a year or two to learn under a veteran in the twilight of their career," said Ryan Hurd, English's coach at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. "He'll run with that. With Kim, you'll find a guy that would take advantage of the opportunity."
English, a Missouri product and Baltimore native, is preparing for June 28th's NBA draft after capping a four-year college career with a strong senior season. He averaged 14.5 points and shot 45.9 percent from beyond the arc for the Tigers, who fell in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to 15th-seeded Norfolk State.
English is currently traveling around the country working out for different NBA teams that have shown interest. He has been evaluated by the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trailblazers and Philadelphia 76ers, among others, and said he will work out for about 10 more teams leading up to the draft.
The former Randallstown star said he is focused on showcasing his abilities, like his 3-point shooting, rather than improving in areas where he needs work, like overall strength and ball handling. He'll work on those later in the summer.
"I'm showing what I can do. I'm going to work out for teams and show what I can do best," English said. "Teams that call me want my services because I can shoot the basketball."
English will be 24 by the start of the 2012-13 NBA season. He played four seasons at Missouri and is considered old by draft standards. English sees his experience as a positive, while scouts compare him to some prospects who have yet to reach their 20s.
"Being a senior is definitely attractive to teams," English said. "I'm someone that's mature and have been slowly developing into the player they want."
Aran Smith, the founder and president of NBADraft.net, said English has a very polished offensive game, but it's far from a given that he will be a contributing member of an NBA team.
Smith said English's strong senior season will be attractive to some teams, and scouts have said he will likely be picked in the second round.
"He's not a glamorous pick, but he's a guy that has a good feel for the game and knows how to score," Smith said. "I think he's a hard-working kid and I think he's got a really good chance. He's a little undersized and he's not as athletic as some players, but he's real polished and you have to like his approach to the game."
Off the court, English is as charismatic a basketball prospect as they come, said Hurd, who added that NBA teams pay attention to character when evaluating prospects.
"He's hard not to like. He's hands down one of my favorites," Hurd said. "When he sits in front of you, you want to be his friend. You want to be around him."
That charisma carries over to English's play on the court, Hurd said.
When playing for Notre Dame Prep, English always had the green light to shoot. For whatever reason — one that Hurd can't really put his finger on — his former player always exuded confidence with the ball in his hands.
"I trusted him. I really felt like he was going to make the shot," Hurd said. "He just needed an opportunity. There's no reason not to believe in him, because everything he says is true."
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