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Charles Rhodes Just Wants A Job

Posted by Kyle Weidie on June 4, 2008

Lost amongst the buzz around Jamont Gordon opting not to participate in the Orlando NBA pre-draft camp (to his detriment in the opinion of most), was the fact that Charles Rhodes was invited to show his skills for NBA scouts and the likes.

In the two weeks before the camp was to begin, Draft Express did not project Rhodes to get the invite by the NBA powers-that-be. Meanwhile, Charles continued to prepare himself for the future at St. Vincent Sports Performance Center in Indianapolis, Indiana with the likes of current NBAers Greg Oden, Josh McRoberts and Jarrett Jack (all of the Portland Trailblazers), Rodney Carney (Philadelphia 76ers), and NBA hopefuls Luke Zeller (Notre Dame), JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), Mike Green (Butler), Mario Chalmers (Kansas), and Randal Falker (Southern Illinois).1

I’ve criticized Jamont Gordan once or twice for opting not to participate in the Orlando NBA Pre-Draft Camp, and speculated as to the reasons. But perhaps in an unselfish act on the part of Gordon, his loss became the gain of Charles Rhodes, who probably needed the chance to show his wares more than Jamont. So, how did Rhodes fare at the camp? I’ve been unable to find any official box scores, but here are some accounts from the web:

Day 2: Charles Rhodes (11 pts, 2 reb, 2 blk) put up good numbers off the bench, and added some nice defensive stops. [HoopsHype] Rhodes’ Team 4 blew out Team 3, 94-81 in the last game of the day.

Day 3: Charles Rhodes had a nice game, but will force things from time to time. He showed a nice midrange jumper and some smooth post moves, but got a little too confident in his range. [Matthew Kamalsky, HoopsHype]

What others are saying about Charles Rhodes:

Fox Sports (Rhodes is listed in the 20-40 range of ‘NBA-ready’ players)
He is an intriguing package with his height, length and athleticism. It looked like he put on some muscle between Portsmouth and Orlando, and he looked to be in good shape. A big problem with him is that he prefers shooting 15-footers as opposed to battling on the blocks. He is also somewhat of a black hole — whenever the ball gets into his hands, it will take a near miracle for him not to hoist it up immediately. [Aran Smith and Borko Popic/NBADraft.net, Special to FOXSports.com]

Well, it seems like Charles Rhodes is playing true to the form that we came to know at Mississippi State. Charles seems to be his usual candid self off the court as well:

NBA officials held a meeting at the start of the camp, asking players what they wanted to get out of the week. Of the five or six dozen players in the room, one – Charles Rhodes of Mississippi State – offered the most succinct answer. “I want a job,” Rhodes said. [Tim Reynolds, AP – USA Today]

We all knew that Rhodes possessed the talent to procure workouts for individual NBA teams. Hopefully, he will be able to take advantage and further boost his stock. Good Luck Chuck!

Charles Rhodes Scheduled Workouts:

Additional reading on Charles Rhodes from Bulldog Maroon & White:

1The IndyStar.com

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2 Responses to “Charles Rhodes Just Wants A Job”

  1. I don’t have him getting drafted, but it’s close. I think he has a shot of making it in the second round.

  2. By the way, Gordon is not a good pro prospect, IMO. I think Rhodes has a far better chance.

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