May 17, 2005

"Is this a joke? He's in the draft?" : LSU has lost another basketball player to the NBA draft. First Brandon Bass, and now Curtis Heroman. Actually, Heroman declared first, back on April 15. Only Heroman never played basketball at LSU.

posted by mr_crash_davis to basketball at 05:49 PM - 10 comments

I always wondered if any college student could declare himself for a pro draft. "he was as good as anybody for two or three minutes" Weird. My wife says the same thing about me.

posted by rcade at 06:11 PM on May 17

Wow, rcade, your wife says the same ... nah, that's just not right. ;) I think this is pretty funny, and I now plan to declare for the the CFL draft next season. As a 6-1, 310-pound former lineman, I think I can help some team -- finish the buffet leftovers after banquets.

posted by wfrazerjr at 07:28 PM on May 17

Good on him. Points for chutzpah.

posted by chicobangs at 07:29 PM on May 17

rcade, you should win an award for that comment. Nice work.

posted by Samsonov14 at 07:45 PM on May 17

How are you never going to play and then declare yourself for the draft that is bull.

posted by fikedemons07 at 10:04 AM on May 18

It may be bull, but -- talk about a victimless crime. You just wish you'd thought of it first.

posted by chicobangs at 11:49 AM on May 18

I had a friend in high school declare himself for the NBA draft. He was a 5'10" bench warmer on the so-so varsity squad, but that didn't stop the NBA from responding to his initial letter (wherein he spouted priceless phrases like "I have heard the crowd, roaring as I sink shot after shot; I have lifted my team and school to the highest level of athletic excellence; now all I need is a ring. Only the NBA can give me that.") with an application for the draft. He filled it out, listed another friend of ours as his agent, and sent it in. The charade went on until the NBA called my friend's coach for more details; he flipped out, set them straight and then lectured my friend indignantly.

posted by Venice CA at 11:53 AM on May 18

It may be bull, but -- talk about a victimless crime. I don't know ... Mitch Albom might be writing a column right now about Heroman's stellar play at LSU. As for that indignant coach, I would have told him to go fuck himself. How the hell did it affect him?

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:10 PM on May 18

I for one welcome the "American Idol"-ization of professional sports.

posted by danostuporstar at 02:08 PM on May 18

Why not? With the foreign stars no one has ever heard of and all the college players long gone, what's to stop the NBA from drafting someone you've never heard of, or anyone else has heard for that matter. Pete Fiutak, a writer for, once talked a little about this (he even knew what the analysis from the talking heads would say-"the freakishly athletic Stinky Potts, taken with the sixth overall pick, needs to get in the wieght room and bulk up to be tough enough to play inside in the NBA). Curtis's big mistake was that he should have said that he was Kurt Eromanovich, a star player from Russia who never got to play at college in the US because of playing on a pro team in Russia. Then he would have been drafted for sure.

posted by Bonkers at 06:12 PM on May 21

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