I talked with former Wyoming men’s basketball forward Larry Nance Jr. Tuesday about his recent experience at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, and his pending interviews/workouts with NBA teams.
Nance, who has been based in Chicago the last couple of months, left for San Antonio Tuesday and has a workout with the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday.
Next week, he begins a whirl-wind tour of the country as he has workouts scheduled with Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Minnesota, Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Lakers. Nance said he also hopes to get a workout with the Los Angeles Clippers.
“From what I understand right now, each team has their own way,” said Nance on what he expects from work outs with different NBA teams.
“San Antonio, I’ve heard, is very structured but laid-back. As long as you’re going as hard as you can and following their structure, they’re not looking to kill you. I’ve heard other teams like Cleveland run you to death to see how you respond to that. I know what I do well and I’m going to stick to that.”
As for his experience at the NBA Draft Combine, Nance said: “I thought I did all right,” Nance said of his combine experience. “I played with a lot of energy, hustle and athleticism and that’s really what I was trying to show. Hopefully, NBA teams saw that.”
In two scrimmages at the combine, Nance averaged six points and 7.5 rebounds. The team he was on featured two pretty prominent guards in Louisville’s Terry Rozier and Duke’s Quinn Cook.
“It was really cool for me just because on my team were guys like Terry Rozier and Quinn Cook — guys I’ve watched on TV,” Nance said. “All of a sudden they’re on my team. That was a lot of fun to play with different guys and top-tier athletes.
“Coming into a thing like that you’re never really sure of your ability. I’ve watched a lot of those guys play so much on TV that in my head they were all-stars and all that. But when I got on the court with them, I belonged out there. I didn’t feel like there was one guy I couldn’t guard. I felt real comfortable. It took a second to adjust, but now I’m very confident against guys like that.”
For more on Nance, including what he thinks his chances are to be taken in the June 25 NBA Draft, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
In case you missed it, here are Nance’s measurables from the NBA Draft Combine:
Height without shoes: 6-feet 7 1/2 inches
Height with shoes: 6-8 1/2
Weight: 226.6 pounds
Body fat percentage: 6.4
Hand length: 9.0 inches
Hand width: 9.75 inches
Standing reach: 9 feet
Wingspan: 7-feet, 1.5 inches
Lane agility time: 10.89 seconds
Shuttle run: 3.01 seconds
3/4-court sprint: 3.25 seconds
Standing vertical jump: 29 inches
Maximum vertical jump: 37.5 inches. That tied for the best jump among all power forwards at the combine.