Ivy League Draft Prospect
Normally, Ivy League players and the NBA Draft do not go hand-in-hand. There are no athletic scholarships and little national television exposure there. And no Ivy League player has been drafted since Jerome Allen of UPenn in 1995, the current coach of the Quakers. This year, things could be a bit different with Yale's 6'10" power forward Greg Mangano.
The senior forward played with Team USA in the World University Games this summer after withdrawing from the 2011 NBA Draft. As a junior last season, Mangano averaged 16.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3 blocks per game and this year, he has been even better this season- upping his scoring from both inside and out- putting up 18.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in just 31 minutes of action. In last week's loss to Florida in Gainesville, Mangano had 26 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. At 6'10", he had 7 buckets inside on 12 shots and then displayed his versatility and soft touch by knocking down 4-of-6 3-point attempts as well.
He is certainly a player to watch throughout conference play, but Yale likely won't make any postseason tournaments, hurting the exposure Mangano could get as an Ivy League prospect.
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