May 27, 2007

Law diary: Little time to relax

Few players raised their draft stock more than former Texas A&M star Acie Law IV last season.

The 6-foot-3 point guard from Dallas emerged as one of the nation's top players. He averaged a career-high 18.1 points and 5.0 assists a game. He also made 45 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.

That production, along with a flurry of clutch shots, led to Law being selected a Rivals.com first-team All-American. It also has Law shooting up many draft boards. He's being projected as a mid-first round pick.

In the first installment of his Rivals.com NBA Draft diary, Law talks about working with a former ACC big man, traveling across the country and whether one of his former teammates might stay in the draft.

"I took a week off after the season and got to spend some time with my family and my girlfriend, but that was the last time I had a chance to rest.

"I'm out here in Los Angeles now, preparing for workouts. I've got the same trainer that is working with Florida's Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer.

"Lately, I've been working with (former Duke power forward) Josh McRoberts a lot. We're staying at the same hotel, and we knew each other from the Nike camp last summer. Since he's a big man, we've been working on the pick-and-roll a lot. He's a real good guy, a hard worker and very tough.

"I spent a month in Houston before I came to California. I worked with (former NBA player and coach) John Lucas and a lot of other guys in the draft just about every day. We'd start in the morning and probably shoot about 1,000 jump shots from about seven different spots. Some were on the move, some were after weaving around a pick. We'd also work on some conditioning. In the evening, we'd come back and play a lot of one-on-one, two-on-two and some five-on-five.

There were a lot of good players there, including (former LSU forward) Glen Davis, (Virginia point guard) Sean Singletary, (Toronto Raptors point guard) T.J. Ford and my teammate (Texas A&M power forward) Joseph Jones.

"I feel like I've been afforded a great opportunity and this is a very exciting time for me."

Are you heading to the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando starting May 29, and will you play in the games there?

"I am going, but only to get a physical and for the weight-lifting portion. I feel that is the best thing for myself. I think I did a great job putting myself in a good position, so I just don't want to go out there and play. I'll focus on the team workouts."

What have you learned from working with Lucas and other NBA players?

"The biggest change at the next level is footwork. You have to shorten your steps. You don't have as many as steps to get to a certain spot anymore, so you have to shorten everything and be more efficient when you're on the move."

Your former teammate, Joseph Jones, has entered the draft, but hasn't signed with an agent. What advice have you given him and do you think he will stay in school?

"I told him just to be patient and work hard. It's not about being selfish or your teammates. You have to make whatever is the best decision for you and your family. I told him to try and not put any pressure on himself."

Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at askwara@rivals.com.




 

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