Grizzlies guard Drew Maynard says he's ready, shows it in practice
MILWAUKEE — Oakland coach Greg Kampe first said sophomore guard Drew Maynard wouldn't be playing in Friday's first-round game against Pittsburgh in the NCAA tournament at the Bradley Center.
He changed his mind as he watched the athletic Maynard throw down highlight-reel dunks in the team's practice Thursday afternoon.
"Based on that dunk, I think he's ready," Kampe said. "Unfortunately, I don't think they're going to give him an open lane to the basket like that."
Kampe still plans on starting sophomore guard Blake Cushingberry for the fourth consecutive game, which he's done since Maynard was forced from the lineup with a severe ankle injury caused when he came down on a teammate's foot in a practice prior to the Summit League Tournament.
Oakland plays Pitt at 2:45 p.m. in the first-round game in the West Regional. The opportunity is one Maynard has long dreamed of.