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Sea Dogs Draft Review

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Just days after introducing Jay Amado as the new general manager in Seattle to a mix of protests and fanfare about the Washington-raised local, the Sea Dogs quickly hit the scouting trail and began building their draft board. With just Charles Ackerman, Gerald Hay, Justin Evans, and Kenneth Moy on the roster heading into draft day, the pressure was on for the Sea Dogs to add pieces in an attempt to appease Ackerman, whom Amado had called the best point guard in basketball at his introductory press conference. Seattle held the #10 and #38 picks in the draft, and held steady both with the picks, and with the strategy of drafting the best player available. Here's an in-depth look at who they walked away with last weekend.


Round 1, Pick 10: PF Earnest Pizzaro 

Ht: 6-9 | Wt: 223 | College: Charlotte


A top-10 prospect coming out of Huntersville, North Carolina, Earnest Pizzaro made the somewhat-shocking decision to stay close to home and commit to Charlotte for his one season playing OCBL ball. His one season stint there was admittedly underwhelming as he came off the bench for the 49ers and posted just 5.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 18.7 minutes while shooting just 39.4 percent from the field, 76.2 percent from the line, and 33.3 percent from three on a team that failed to make the tournament. They did, however, go on a run in the OCIT, winning the tournament.


Pizzaro is a skilled player who oozes potential, but is still far from being an OBWL-ready player. Initial reports had said that the Sea Dogs coveted just nine players in the draft, so were disappointed to end up with the #10 pick. However, it later came down that Pizzaro was in those initial nine, with some inside the organization having him as high as #5 in their pre-draft rankings. Pizzaro looks to be a scorer who can put the ball in the hoop from anywhere on the court, in addition to a tenacious rebounder--particularly on the offensive end. Several insiders also ranked him as the top defensive prospect in the draft as well; capable of locking down players in the post, closing out on outside shooters, and generating defensive numbers both in terms of blocks and steals. He is not the greatest athlete in the world, but is a craftsman who always strives to get better. Expect to see him spend at least a couple of years with the Merlions in Singapore, but with high expectations from the organization in the long-run.


Round 2, Pick 10: SF Adolph Gates

Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 226 | College: Yale


A four-year starter at Yale, Adolph Gates had a bit of a roller-coaster career for the Bulldogs. After a junior year where he put himself on the small school map after averaging 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 25.4 mpg while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 40.3 from three, he was able to just replicate the same exact rebounding and scoring numbers during his senior year, but was much less efficient and took more minutes to reach them.


Gates is an athletic, aggressive slasher who is capable of scoring from anywhere on the court at any given moment. However, he's likely going to be relegated to being just a one-trick pony as he does not provide much in the form of rebounding, passing, steals, or defense. He does get the occasional block, but has a long way to go in Singapore before he's ready to contribute regularly. The odds are long on him ever being a regular OBWL player, but Amado and co. once again gambled on potential.


With the draft behind them, Seattle had yet to add anyone who could help their budding young superstar, but they were still excited with the way things shook out in landing Pizzaro who has the potential to be a young cornerstone. It was a relatively quiet draft for the oft-active GM, leading many to think that after failing in each of the other three divisions, perhaps Amado would take a more reserved and patient approach in his home state. Then, free agency started...

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