Rautins ready to roll at pre-draft camp

Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

The riddle that is Andy Rautins will begin to be partially answered this weekend in Chicago.

Every GM in the NBA, every scout and personnel official and every draft-eligible player for next month’s draft have descended on the Windy City, where the most likely to be taken among the lottery don’t even bother to take part in any on-court scrimmages.

The elite is merely measured for its size and hops, undergo the mandatory medical scrutiny and then wait for an agent to ponder the most recent rumour.

Rautins is in an odd position, a skilled player who doesn’t really have a position at the NBA level, a player whom many view as lacking the necessary quicks to defend and the proper handle to play the point.

There aren’t many mock drafts that even peg Rautins in either of the two rounds, but these exercises in projecting prospects haven’t taken into account Rautins’ pedigree, perseverance and feel for the game.

Rautins can shoot the ball as well as any prospect, but he’s considered a long shot.

“I think everybody looks at Andy as a shooter, but he brings a whole lot to the table,” fellow Syracuse product Wesley Johnson said in Chicago.

Johnson will be a lottery pick and the athletic wing may even go as high as fifth overall.

There is no such certainty with Rautins, who turns 24 later this year.

“I’m looking forward to meeting all the GMs and selling myself as a player,’’ Rautins said.

It begins in Chicago.

After this weekend, individual team workouts are arranged.

“You just have to go in there and be yourself,” Rautins said. “Don’t take those interviews too seriously or you’ll never get out alive.”


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