Draft Analysis: Jonny Flynn


Monday, June 22nd 2009, 1:51 am
By: News 9


NEWS 9 Sports Staff

If one point guard is good, two must be better. At least, that's what Minnesota appears to believe. With their second pick in the first round, Minnesota selected Johnny Flynn, the point guard out of Syracuse.

Who could forget the six-overtime thriller between Syracuse and Connecticut in the Big East tournament this past season? While the country watched one of the most dramatic games in college basketball history, it also saw a rising young point guard show why he is one of the most clutch players in the country.

Flynn went a cool 16-for-16 from the free-throw line in the game while the other nine players on the court hunched over gasping for air. Originally considered too short, Flynn measured out at the magic 6-foot mark at the combine, meaning if Chris Paul's height is not holding him back, neither should Flynn's.

He put up ridiculous numbers in the athleticism categories at the NBA pre-draft combine, sporting a 40-inch vertical leap and ranking among the quickest players in almost every drill.
The real question will be how Minnesota plans to utilize Flynn and Rubio together.