Mar 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Phil Pressey (1) drives against the Texas A

2013 NBA Draft: Phil Pressey Goes Undrafted (UPDATE)


Tack this on as yet another bad decision by Phil Pressey.

After an up-and-down season from the talented point guard most assumed Pressey would play it safe and return for his senior season. Instead, he threw and errant pass and landed himself on the NBA’s undrafted free agent list.

Still, this comes as a bit of a surprise as many experts had Pressey coming off the board at some point in the second round. He has great talent as a passer and can run an offense in his sleep. Yes, he is not a great shooter, but he can facilitate an offense well and could be an excellent rotational player in the NBA.

He averaged 11.9 points, 7.1 assists, and 1.8 steals last season for Missouri and had a game against UCLA where he scored 19 points and dished out 19 assists.


Well I’ll let Chad Ford explain it.

“Phil Pressey is one of the most frustrating players to scout for NBA scouts and for myself because when you want to talk about a floor general, a guy that can see the floor, he’s as talented as any point guard in this draft. He is a special passer who really, I think, can run a team.

“The problem is, he doesn’t always see himself that way. And you saw at Missouri, over and over again, as games would get tight, he would start to try to play hero ball, try to do too much, and then commit mind-boggling turnovers and take horrible jump shots and almost single-handedly lose games for Missouri after playing so well for the first 35 minutes. And so, is Phil Pressey the guy that you see in the first 35 minutes of a Missouri game or is he the guy you see in the last five minutes?”

His talent is unquestionable, and he will end up in a NBA camp this summer and fall. However, “Last Five Minutes” Pressey cost him a shot at being drafted and made the road to the NBA far more difficult for him.
The Kansas City Star is reporting Pressey will sign with the Boston Celtics.

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