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Update on Charles Rhodes, a Bulldog with NBA hopes

Posted by Kyle Weidie on April 29, 2008

After testing the NBA waters last year, Mississippi State’s Charles Rhodes had no choice but to turn pro as he completed his four years of NCAA basketball eligibility. Initially, Rhodes’ career as a Bulldog faced a hiccup as he thought about transferring at the conclusion his freshman season after spending some time in the doghouse with lack of practice work ethic and occasions of tardiness. However, in his subsequent three years, Charles showed budding maturity on and off the court. The three time All-SEC performer will always be thought of for his “flair” if you will, as he was never found lost for words when dealing with the media. Rhodes will no doubt be fondly remembered for his excellent play in the post and being the key factor in this year’s NCAA first round win over Oregon.

[Bulldog Maroon & White Archive: Senior to Watch: Charles Rhodes – March 18, 2007]

Since the end of the season, Charles Rhodes was selected to participate in the DiGiorno College All-Star Game which took place in San Antonio, TX on April 4th and was shown on CSTV. Rhodes’ American team was defeated 106-100 by the National squad as he received limited playing time, I’m sure that picking up 5 fouls in 12 minutes had something to do with that. Nonetheless, Rhodes managed to score 10 points on 4-8 shooting and 2-3 from the free-throw line his time on the court. True to form, Rhodes failed to snag a rebound, an issue which plagued him during his tenure at Mississippi State.

Charles Rhodes next participated in the Portsmouth Invitational which is an annual senior-only tournament and was held from April 9-12 in Portsmouth, Virginia. As Rhodes has not been listed in many mock drafts as being a potential first or second round NBA selection, Portsmouth was a big chance to put his name on the radar of NBA scouts.

Rhodes only played in two of his team’s three games, starting both. In those two games, he averaged 27.5 minutes, 11.5 points and 8 rebounds while shooting 38.5% from the field. Joseph Treutlein of DraftExpress.com reported that Rhodes “played within himself” in game 1, but “came out with a gunner’s mentality” in game 2. No word on what caused Rhodes to miss the third game as Treutlein reported that Rhodes was a no-show, hopefully it was not due to injury. Nonetheless, Charles Rhodes made DraftExpress’s all tournament third team in Portsmouth.

While no one expects Rhodes to be drafted in this year’s NBA draft on June 26th, the day after Charles’ birthday, he will no doubt receive an invite to the NBA pre-draft camp which will take place in Orlando, FL from May 27th – June 3rd. Rhodes currently shows up at #85 on NBADraft.net’s Big Board (updated on 4/28/08), and is ranked 29th among power forwards, 52nd among NCAA seniors, by DraftExpress.

Both NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com compare Charles Rhodes to former LSU Tiger, McDonald’s All-American, and 2005 SEC POY, Brandon Bass. After two seasons in Baton Rouge, Bass was selected 33rd overall in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. He is currently thriving with the Dallas Mavericks in the midst of a 2-year, $1.59 million contract. With hard work, improved rebounding, and advancing diversity in his offensive game, the NBA is a very attainable goal for Charles Rhodes. Best of luck.

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