TULSA, Oklahoma -- Doug Wojcik said he was more disappointed than surprised that draft-hopeful Justin Hurtt wasn't taken in last week's NBA draft. But, the Tulsa head basketball coach thinks his former star will probably land on his feet somewhere as a pro.
"If you can score, the NBA's going to want you," Wojcik said Tuesday. "Justin's ability to make shots, and difficult shots, he's valuable to some team because he can put the ball in the basket."
Hurtt went undrafted after averaging 19.9 points per game as a senior at TU. He was told he would be selected in the second round of the draft but, like many other stateside players, was passed over in favor of foreign talent. Fifteen players from outside the United States were taken in the 2011 draft.
Hurtt will work out for Phoenix for a second time on Wednesday. The Suns invited Hurtt to participate in pre-draft workouts as well. The shooting guard also practiced for six other NBA teams before the draft.
Hurtt gave Wojcik a lot of credit for making him a better player. The two still talk about hoops and life.
"(We) text all the time," said Wojcik. "He's pretty excited about the Phoenix opportunity and certainly is trying to do his best to make a squad."