Work in Sports
When LSU coach John Brady was at Samford four years ago, he kept his fingers crossed and prayed no larger school would swoop into Chattanooga, Tenn., and make off with Reed Rawlings. Rawlings was a classic sleeper; a player overlooked by larger conferences or dismissed because he was a step slow. That step apparently didn't hurt him much. Rawlings eventually went to Samford, and no doubt Brady wishes he could have taken him to LSU; he left after Rawlings' freshman year. Rawlings had a great career, and when he got an invitation to the NBA's first tryout camp in Portsmouth, Va., last April, it was proof that several upper-level Division I schools missed out on him. Rawlings had a great camp at Portsmouth, averaging 17 points, earning All-Tournament team honors and virtually assuring himself of being a low first-round or high second-round pick in the NBA draft. Rawlings is a good leaper, is strong and can score from inside or out. He has the body to withstand the pounding in the NBA and is more athletic than people know -- he played baseball for Samford and had a 90-plus fastball.