Atlanta Hawks: Hawks select John Jenkins and Mike Scott in draft

The Hawks selected Vanderbilt sharpshooter John Jenkins and Virginia forward Mike Scott in the draft.

Jenkins was projected to go later in the draft than No. 23 but Larry Drew said the Hawks didn’t think he’d even make it to them.

“When Boston made the No. 22 selection, there was a lot of happiness in the room that John would be there,” Drew said.

That presumably means the Hawks weren’t waiting on Syracuse center Fab Melo. It definitely means they preferred Jenkins, 21, to prospects that might have more potential to improve such as Tony Wroten and Perry Jones.

At first glance, that doesn’t seem to fit with Danny Ferry’s focus on long-term development. But Drew said Jenkins has room to improve while providing an NBA skill now.

“He is a guy that has potential to get into rotational lineup,” Drew said. “But being a young kid, he’s a guy that can grow and provide some youth for us. He is a kid that wants to be the best. We have to think about not just the present but the future”

No doubt Jenkins was an elite shooter at Vandy.

“I like people that can shoot and he can definitely do that,” Ferry said. “He plays hard, hes’ a competitive kid, really tries to play the right way. When he’s on the court he will make shots and make it almost make it a four-on-five games because you can’t leave him. He’s got decent length for his size. We were encouraged he was there when we were picking.”

At Vanderbilt Jenkins wasn’t much of a passer, didn’t get to the free-throw line and didn’t rebound. All of those things will be much more difficult to do in the NBA.

There’s also a question of whether Jenkins is athletic enough to be an effective defender.

“He cares, and if we have a good system where he can play five-man defense, I think he will be a good job,” Ferry said. “He will play smart. I think he will compete every play. Again, you will have to go around to the other and and chase him around. He’s a dangerous weapon.”

Scott is an undersized, over-aged (24 next month) power forward who was awarded a fifth year at Virginia because of a medical hardship. He was a decent rebounder who increased his scoring efficiency during his time at Virginia as he developed a jump shot.

Ferry said Scott is strictly a power forward.

“He’s got the strength to be able to play the four position,” he said. “He’s got the strength. He’s a good 16-foot pick-and-pop player that can also finish around the basket and rebound. I think he’s got a chance to be a good player. He’s going to have to come in and compete both ends of the floor, do what coach Drew wants him to do.”

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270 comments Add your comment

Melvin

June 29th, 2012
12:35 am

Not excited about the Jenkins pick but I’m hoping he turns out to be a good player….

Melvin

June 29th, 2012
12:37 am

Perry Jones or Moultrie was the best talent still left on the board at #23 but the Hawks drafted for need with Jenkins. Good bye Hinrich and Willie Green.

The Real cp

June 29th, 2012
12:39 am

And we still need an upgrade at sf.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 29th, 2012
12:41 am

FTPB

“These guys get paid immediately, why not expect them to be ready to produce immediately?”

This is the exact mentality that leads the Dickie Vs of the world to say Okafor should get picked over Dwight Howard.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 29th, 2012
12:43 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TjAFBdkm9s&feature=plcp

“Having a guy out there who can space the court for our core group I think will make the whole team function better”

We like our core, part 2.

Melvin

June 29th, 2012
12:45 am

Najeh,

Co-sign both of your post….

tyger

June 29th, 2012
12:49 am

Rumor: Jeff Teague amnestied immediately after pick?

Echevarria

June 29th, 2012
12:50 am

No big move made. Wonder if they even plan on doing anything big. Watch ATL’s luck, we’re gonna hold out and try to sign him. We’re gonna lose him for nothing. SMH

Echevarria

June 29th, 2012
12:50 am

by him, i mean sign Smith in FA next year. hawks……

Melvin

June 29th, 2012
12:54 am

“Perry Jones III might’ve been disappointed to see his name plummet so far down the draft board, but he couldn’t have asked for a better situation. The Oklahoma City Thunder add one of the top-five raw talents in this draft at the No. 28 pick. Unbelievable. If Jones fulfills even 70 percent of his potential, he’ll be a major steal for the Thunder at this spot. He is a jaw-dropping physical specimen with small forward skills in a 6-11 frame. Sound familiar? He played out of position on a chaotic Baylor squad, and he doesn’t always give his best effort (in the understatement of the draft). But he’s just too talented to pass up here, regardless of whatever knee issue he might have. Picks like these are what separates the Thunder from the rest of the league. – Nick Prevenas”

JustSayinB

June 29th, 2012
12:55 am

Hawks are the oldest team in the NBA. How’d that happen? By keeping this sick core together and the selling out to “entertain” at the Phillips. Danny, I hope your reading this so you can disolve the core and get some younger players in here. Get rid of all except Teague and Horford.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
12:58 am

“When Boston made the No. 22 selection, there was a lot of happiness in the room that John would be there,” Drew said.”

Really?????

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:00 am

“At Vanderbilt Jenkins wasn’t much of a passer, didn’t get to the free-throw line and didn’t rebound. All of those things will be much more difficult to do in the NBA.”

Really???????

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:02 am

“#Hawks GM Danny Ferry says no decision on qualifying offer for F Ivan Johnson. Deadline is Sat.”

Really?????????????

MattP

June 29th, 2012
1:02 am

Sounds like Drew is doing all the drafting…

MattP

June 29th, 2012
1:03 am

“When Boston made the No. 22 selection, there was a lot of happiness in the room that John would be there,” Drew said.”

That actually made me laugh.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:04 am

Ivan Johnson lit a fire under the Hawks last year and we don’t resign him right away but we draft Mike Scott?

FIRE EVERYBODY EMPLOYED BY THE HAWKS

Nique

June 29th, 2012
1:04 am

I really like our 2cnd round pick, Scott’s a player!

Shadrian Washington

June 29th, 2012
1:05 am

SAME OLD HAWKS SMH

KB

June 29th, 2012
1:05 am

You guys must not have watched much college basketball the past few years. Jenkins was a five-star recruit coming out of high school (and averaged 42/game). He started for three years at Vandy and was the best shooter in college basketball for two years. The guy is a scorer. Plus, he’s a work-a-holic, has good character, and doesn’t loaf (like half of the current Hawks roster). He’s a steal at #23. We haven’t had a shooter of his caliber since Steve Smith.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:07 am

I wonder what Grandmaster Jeje (GM) and Rod From College Park gots to say about the draft.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:08 am

Hawks may have the worst draft history in the NBA.

Shadrian Washington

June 29th, 2012
1:09 am

Who cares what Larry Drew thinks until he shows he is a real head coach instead of assistant coach sad

KB

June 29th, 2012
1:10 am

Mark Fox (UGA’s head coach) – “He (Jenkins) is the best shooter I’ve ever coached against.” Led the SEC in scoring last year, All-American selection, led the nation in 3 pt shooting. I wouldn’t take a Mark Bradley quote as gospel, Blog Legend.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:11 am

History has repeated itself again.

Swingman912

June 29th, 2012
1:12 am

Good Pick. PJ3 was appealing on potential, but that kids been playing off potential since high school. He averaged about 17ppg in high school, no where near dominant, but Baylor offered him cuz of potential. Average freshman year at Baylor, but still a supposed top 5 pick last year based on potential. Went back to school, and didn’t improve in ANY aspect of his game as a whole. Sure he showed flashes both years, but he didn’t score, rebound, defend, or even try consistently. Draft time this year, he continually dropped in stock due to inconsistent workouts….22 teams passed on him before us. So they all made mistakes too?? I understand there wasn’t much risk in taking him, but we don’t need another hybrid forward playing multiple positions. Hasn’t worked for us yet… Yes he may be an All Star one day, but I like this pick because we drafted a player based on what we know he can do, and what he did do in college, not on what he was supposed to do but never showed…I know another guy who had ALL the skills coming out of High School. He went to a big named college and didn’t even start as a freshmen, but showed flashes off the bench of being the next all star in the league…he got drafted really early and ended up not being close to what he was thought to become…..his name????

MARVIN WILLIAMS

CHUUUUCH

Ken Strickland

June 29th, 2012
1:14 am

Drafting a pick and pop SG that’s perfect for the motion OFF means JJ will be out of here sooner rather than later. Also, drafting a PF means Horford will remain at center,.and Josh will most likely be traded, either before the season or at the trade deadline. With both Josh and JJ gone, LDs motion OFF will finally be able to work as expected without them competing with each other to dominate the ball.

To comtinue making an issue of Horford alledgedly being soft, or complaining about him being an excellent midrange jump shooter, or him being an AllPro, shows an unbelievable level of ignorance and unbelievable stupidity. How else can you classify anyone who’s dumb enough to think they know more about a players talents, accomplishments, abilities and potential, than the players and coaches that voted him the NBAs 3rd best center. Once again, STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.

KB

June 29th, 2012
1:14 am

I guess you have no tangible proof to support your claims, Legend (and you obviously have never seen John Jenkins play, or know very little about basketball). This is the first time, (maybe ever), that I applaud the organization’s draft choices. Kudos to Danny Ferry. It’s long overdue.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:15 am

KB

Jenkins is another J.J. Redick.

Shadrian Washington

June 29th, 2012
1:19 am

The Hawks love drafting 6″8 players..EARTH TO HAWKS U WILL NEVER FIND ANOTHER DOMINIQUE WILKINS

KB

June 29th, 2012
1:20 am

At worst, yes, he could be. At best, a Ray Allen. Either way, he’s no DeMarr Johnson, Priest Lauderdale, Ed Gray, Adam Keefe…c’mon. I think he’s a better scorer than Reddick – better at getting to the free-throw line and at taking it to the hoop. Reddick serves as an important role player for the Magic. Not sure they could’ve done much better at 23 than to get a guy that is a proven scorer and shooter and has a great work ethic.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:21 am

I remember Drew was complaining the Hawks shot too many jumpers yet he draft another jump shooter.

FIRE LD

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

June 29th, 2012
1:23 am

J.J. Redick might be the best shooter in NCAA history. Look what happened to him in the NBA.

Grandad

June 29th, 2012
1:23 am

Both Jenkins and Scott can space the floor.
Danny Ferry has a plan.
Quote – ” if we have a good system
where he can play five-man defense,
I think he will be a good job.”
” He will play smart. I think he will compete every play ”

Key word [1st word] ” if ”
LD had best pay attn.
Mike Budenholzer … Will get `em in a good system !
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* Also:
* Mike Scott can really shoot.

KB

June 29th, 2012
1:23 am

I agree with your harsh comments on Larry Drew. But unlike Josh Smith, Jenkins can actually make jump shots (and should be shooting them…).

Grandad

June 29th, 2012
1:25 am

The oldest team in the League:

I think they were counting Damp, Collins, T-mac, et al.

Drizzy

June 29th, 2012
1:25 am

Why not PJIII? But I’ll take Jenkins, we can use the scoring.. #LetsGoHAWKS

Grandad

June 29th, 2012
1:26 am

Damp alone was / is 62.

You Should Stop Posting

June 29th, 2012
1:29 am

tyger

June 29th, 2012
12:49 am
Rumor: Jeff Teague amnestied immediately after pick?
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You see the name

HawkKingBibby

June 29th, 2012
1:30 am

I think we were looking for guyd who could be efficent players in the half court offense.

Shadrian Washington

June 29th, 2012
1:30 am

Poor Al Hortford will never get to play his natural position

No Free Throws Here

June 29th, 2012
1:32 am

For a guy who “didn’t get to the free throw line”, Jenkins made over 85% of his 314 free throws during his last 2 seasons at Vandy – 67 games. So, he made just over 4 per game with 4.7 attempts per game. Not a huge number, but it’s not like he’s a complete “stop and shoot” zombie….. Zombies never get fouled….

KB

June 29th, 2012
1:35 am

Thanks for the stat backup, No Free Throws Here. Numbers don’t lie. Mark Bradley does.

Shadrian Washington

June 29th, 2012
1:35 am

I think Danny Ferry is drafting for his next coach not LD

jlewis

June 29th, 2012
1:36 am

Seems everyone thinks Josh or JJ or both should be gone, or just do not care for them as players. I just have one question, who in this draft, or drafts in the last 5 years, or free agents, that you can get to replace these guys? Disqualify the top three players of each draft, the Hawks did not have those pics.

Jae Evolution

June 29th, 2012
1:38 am

Can we start Joe Johnson + filler for Dwight Howard rumors again?

Shadrian Washington

June 29th, 2012
1:39 am

How can you trade players and the coach doesn’t have a system..This team has no identity that’s why they draft so bad

Shadrian Washington

June 29th, 2012
1:41 am

DRAFT I MEANT

KevinM

June 29th, 2012
2:21 am

I agree with Matt…..LD ran this draft.

So Ferry is going to let him develop 2 draft picks when he didn’t even develop Teague…..

I would have preferred Lamb and Miller, but Scott did stand out more than Miller.

We’ll know soon enough if Jenkins has enough size/quickness to stick.
I gotta think Scott can push the old vet Marvin for the SF slot unless Josh gets to go there full-time.

JustJoe, LD sure did tip his hand here didn’t he? He brought Jenkins and Lamb back and you said he raved about Scott.

Im accepting of any picks that weren’t PFs….maybe the Billy Knight era is finally over!

kidstunna

June 29th, 2012
2:29 am

WE shoulda gotten a past first point in round 2 to feed the ball your three point specialist