Seniors at NBA combine hoping to prove they have room left to grow

Saturday May 17th, 2014
Doug McDermott is one of a host of seniors trying to shirk the stigma of being a low-ceiling player.
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"It helped the teams see I was able to run a team," Napier said. "I always knew that, but it's kind of hard sometimes to get other people to understand that."

"Potential is all mental," Smith said. "What I mean by that is, a 17-year-old, if he's willing to get better, he'll get better. If you have a 25-year-old and he's willing to get better, then he'll always get better. It's just a mental block sometimes that doesn't allow people to get better. For me, as a 23-year-old, I'm still trying to learn and improve my craft. Saying that a senior doesn't have potential is kind of disrespectful."

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