At a recent workout with the New York Knicks, Denis Clemente played so well that Mike D’Antoni left his comfortable seat in the bleachers to have a private conversation with the former Kansas State point guard.
With the 2010 NBA Draft coming up next week, Clemente was thrilled to hear from another interested coach. He’s talked to a handful of them lately, and their feedback has led him to believe he will be selected somewhere in the second round.
Not bad for a guy who experts said wasn’t even a NBA prospect at this time a year ago.
“He’s been pretty much tearing it up at all the workouts he’s been to,” said Art Alvarez, the Miami Tropics AAU coach who is currently working with Clemente in Florida. “The feedback he’s getting is excellent. I’m talking blown-away stuff.”