Draft website NBADraft.net reported a couple weeks ago that Dennis Schroeder had a draft promise and that the Celtics were the team promising to select him. They updated their draft board today and here's how some of it reads (see link for the rest).
Rumors persist that Schroeder has a promise, and our sources have indicated that Boston is the team that has promised him. Obviously the team already has Rondo, but no one is expecting most of the players from this draft to instantly become starters. Schroeder used a tremendous week in Portland at the Hoop Summit in practices and the game to skyrocket up team's draft boards. He combines elite level quickness with solid decision making.
He's being compared to Darren Collison and our own Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics need a backup to Rajon Rondo. A wiry, athletic player with a long wingspan, Schroeder was suspended for one game by his German coach last season for insubordination. Remind you of anyone? "I play like him a little bit," Schroeder says about Rondo in the video below. "He's got defense too, he's got the long arms. After the pick-and-roll he finds the open guy. I think I play a little bit like him."
In fact, at least one person is saying that Schroeder has a better offensive game than Rondo "at this age."
Utah Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin considers 19-year old German point guard Dennis Schroeder a better offensive player than Rajon Rondo was at the same age, according to Jim Burton of the Standard-Examiner. Burtin reported Saturday that Perrin believes Schroeder's body holds similarities to Rondo's, but "hesitated to take the comparison (between the two guards) much further, partly because he feels Schroeder is a better offensive player than Rondo was at the same age."
Stay tuned draft geeks!