Where departing Arizona Wildcats guard Mark Lyons sees opportunity this weekend in Virginia, ex-teammate Solomon Hill does not.
Lyons will play in the four-day seniors-only Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a seniors-only predraft event that begins today, but Hill opted out after he was originally listed as a competitor.
A UA spokesman said Hill was nursing an ankle injury after the Wildcats’ loss to Ohio State in the NCAA tournament but that he had also been advised not to play in Portsmouth. (It is not known yet if Hill has selected an agent.)
Hill is projected as a second-round NBA pick and would have been the top-rated participant in Portsmouth, according to Draft Express rankings. While many higher-rated players shy away from predraft camps, the NBA’s Ryan Blake criticized the decision, saying Hill’s skills would be best showcased in a game.
“If I’m an NBA guy, I’m thinking, ‘What is he hiding? Is he scared? Why doesn’t he want to compete?’” said Blake, the NBA’s senior director of scouting operations. “His best opportunity to show his type of versatility would be in a five-on-five situation, and now he doesn’t have the opportunity.
“It’s an incredibly stupid move in my opinion. I don’t see him getting that opportunity in an individual workout.”
Read this entire article in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.