COLUMBIA — In today’s Star, you can read all about former Missouri point guard Phil Pressey’s road to the NBA, and the questions that still surround his game as Thursday’s NBA Draft approaches.
By TEREZ PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Here’s some more info that I couldn’t fit into the story, including a quick sidebar on Pressey’s ability to consistently overcome his height all his life.
Q: What do the NBA scouts like about your game?
PP: “Just my playmaking ability, and me being able to control a team. They’ve seen a lot of the positive things I do and they know I can pressure the ball when necessary. During these workouts, I’ve really been pressuring guys and getting into them. The scouts have seen me play for three years…they know pretty much all I can do.”
Q: When did you realize that you made the right decision to declare for the draft?
PP: “My first workout. I killed it, it was my best one. It was in Boston, and I scrimmaged against three other point guards - Pierre Jackson, Myck Kabongo and Shane Larkin.”
Q: Are there any NBA point guards that you watch and compare yourself to, in a way?
PP: Ty Lawson. He’s my size and the way he pushes the ball and how he gets in the paint when he wants to, that’s every coach’s dream. But like I said, I try to take bits and parts of a lot of point guards and try to take it my own.”
Q: Looking back at your final season at Missouri, would you have done anything differently?
PP: “Yeah. A lot of things I would have done differently. I would have went about the whole season a different way. My whole point-of-view is different now after the season, but you can say that in every season. Yeah, I think about the season almost every single day because we lost, and we didn’t do as good as I wanted to. So… I think about it, but there’s not much I can do to change the past.”
Q: What specifically, would you have done differently?
PP: ”On the defensive end, I think I would have pressured the ball a little bit more. I mean, I just felt like I could have changed the game defending the ball. But I can’t go back and change the past. A lot of the things you can’t really control, it’s out of your hands. You just have to look forward.”
Q: How is the NBA game different than the college game?
PP: “The game is a lot faster, decisions need to be made a lot quicker. There’s a lot more space on the court. It’s a totally different game but at the end of the day, it’s still basketball.”
Q: Are you confident you’ll get drafted Thursday?
PP: “That’s the plan, but you got to expect the worst. Pray for the best, expect the worse.”
Q: What’s the best part of going through the pre-draft process?
PP: “No school (laugh). No study hall. You just get to do what you love, and that’s play basketball. It’s a fun experience; I’m not going to lie.”
Q: I know your dad, a former NBA player, helped you make your decision to turn pro. In the end, do you feel like the information he told you about your draft chances turned out to be correct?
PP: “Yeah. He was very supportive of my decision. He felt like I was ready. He asked me did I think I was ready and at the end of the day, it’s my choice. I told him ‘yeah,’ and then going into the process, he just told me to go out there and compete and prove I’m better than the next person, leave no question about it. That’s how I’ve been attacking each and every one of these workouts and it’s benefited me.”