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Doron Lamb on the Road to the NBA Draft
Since winning the National Championship and announcing his intention to enter the NBA Draft, Doron Lamb has stayed fairly busy. Between working out and signing autographs, the world has been spinning very fast for the sophomore.
On Thursday, Lamb spent the day in New York to work out with a very popular high school by the name of Ron Naclerio of Cardozo High School. NOB caught up with Naclerio Thursday night to discuss Doron’s status as of right now.
In fact, Lamb has had his eyes on Naclerio for awhile. During the Final Four in New Orleans, Lamb informed the high school coach he would see him again.
“He came out and told me, ‘Coach, I may need you in the future.’ So I’m just helping him out to achieve his goals,” Naclerio began. “We spent a lot of time on ball-handling and shooting. All good shooters want to do is get up some shots, and that is what Doron did.”
Lamb also participated in some full game-play with the Cardozo squad afterward. Over the past few years, Naclerio says the 6-foot-4 shooter has evolved his game. Instead of just being a scorer, he has learned to be a team player.
“When Doron came out of high school, he was a strict all-around scorer. But now, instead of taking the whole pie, he has to take a slice when it comes to scoring. I think that could benefit him at the next level with him projected to be a sharp-shooter or big role player.”
However, something has been added to his game as of late, maybe even since the season at UK.
“Right now, Doron has a lot of confidence. He has confidence in his shot, and it has translated to him shooting it well,” he explained. “But he isn’t just a shooter. He truly wants to be a 1-2 combo guard in the future. It works out for him well.”
For the past two years, Lamb has served as a backup to Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague at point guard. In the end, it could help him stick out to many franchises.
“I was talking with him earlier about it, and if there is one thing Doron has over some of the players at his position in his range, he has the ability to play both guard positions. Other players like Dion Waiters, Terrence Ross, and Jeremy Lamb don’t have the experience put forth by Lamb recently.”
Lamb has yet to sign with an agent, according to Naclerio, but it could come very soon. Nevertheless, Lamb and his camp have already heard from a few NBA teams.
“I believe Doron said eight or so teams have already reached out to him there at the end of the first round. I know the Bulls, Celtics, Thunder, and Nets are some teams.”
“I think he would be a great fit with the Boston Celtics. He could really benefit from Rajon Rondo creating shots for him, and he also could backup Rajon and get some more minutes,” Naclerio pointed out. “The Bulls wouldn’t be a bad place either with Derrick Rose, but he wouldn’t get as many minutes as a backup point guard.”
No matter where Lamb ends up, Naclerio does know one thing: the sharp-shooter isn’t settling for anything right now.
“Doron isn’t taking anything for granted right now. He is working hard, and he wants to be a good NBA player. If he puts his mind to it, he will be a productive player. Not everyone has the ability to shoot like him.”
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