View Full Version : 2009 Draft Prospect: Josh Heytvelt

05-18-2009, 11:40 PM
Height: 6-11
Weight: 260 lbs
Birthday: 06/02/1986
College: Gonzaga

DraftExpress (http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Josh-Heytvelt-549/)

Apparently we didn't have a thread for this guy (according to the index). He's not a guy I'm really interested in (he's very Matt Bonner, shall we say), but he's also the kind of guy we might pick up at 51 or 53...

05-19-2009, 05:26 AM
A shooting big man? He is a lock for one of our later picks.

05-19-2009, 11:23 AM
I would rather look at Pendergraph with one of the late picks, assuming he lasts that long.

05-21-2009, 07:32 PM
he said in best case scenerio he'd be a more athletic matt bonner who can rebound but gets lazy on D, maybe not the best option for us

05-22-2009, 01:27 AM
Good size and talent for a big, but I'm more interested in if he'll end up with as much ink as Parks or Swift.:smokin

06-04-2009, 04:25 PM
He was interviewed by Spurs on May 27th (source: 48MOH (http://www.48minutesofhell.com/2009/06/04/draft-combine-leftovers/#more-3078) )

06-05-2009, 03:35 PM

On future workoutsÖ
ďI have a bunch. I go from here to Sacramento. Then I have a couple of days off. Afterward, I go to Chicago, Washington, New Jersey, New Orleans, Atlanta, San Antonio, Phoenix and Utah. That might be all of them. Today was my seventh workout.Ē

06-05-2009, 04:50 PM
Former Gonzaga star Heytvelt hopes for best (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-heytveltshope&prov=ap&type=lgns)
By Colin Fly

When Josh Heytvelt meets NBA personnel at each stop along his pre-draft workout tour, he always has an answer for the first open question, “Is there anything you want to tell us about yourself?”

There sure is, and it’s a story he’s repeated a lot lately.

Heytvelt was arrested with a Gonzaga teammate for a drug offense on Feb. 9, 2007. It got him suspended from the squad, all while he was trying to figure out fatherhood with a new infant daughter.

“I bring it up,” the 22-year-old forward said after working out Friday with the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of the June 25 draft. “Every team already knows about it, so why not talk about it? Don’t be afraid about it.”

Cheney, Wash., police arrested Heytvelt for possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms. He was charged and sent to a diversion program.

“That was a big transition from being a young, idiotic college student to the man I am now,” Heytvelt said. “I’ve had a lot of life-changing experiences over the last few years. That was the second biggest (after the birth of my) 3-year-old daughter, Hailey Rose, and really made me think about things.”

Heytvelt was indefinitely suspended. He missed the rest of his breakout 2006-07 season, and suddenly his dreams of a pro career seemed far away.

“At first I was really mad because of the whole thing—getting kicked off the team, going through the legal process, screwing up, maybe ruining my life. So I was mad at first and then I started really thinking, What if? What if I don’t get back to Gonzaga? What if I don’t have another chance? What if?” Heytvelt said. “I started getting a little scared about how the rest of my life was going to pan out.”

The 6-foot-11 Heytvelt, who has a booming voice that naturally carries, gets quiet when imagining just what might have happened to him and struggles to find the right words.

“I have no clue where I’d be. It could be back home in Clarkston (Wash.) at a gas station, it could be trying to get a job somewhere, anywhere,” Heytvelt said. “I have no idea.”

Heytvelt was ordered to do 240 hours of community service. He did more than 300, working primarily with terminally ill children at a Ronald McDonald House.

“That really made me think that those kids aren’t choosing to have cancer. They’re given that,” Heytvelt said. “I realized I had made some really bad choices and that really made me think about every choice I made from then on out.”

Heytvelt was suspended for eight months, talking to a school counselor and a Gonzaga professor who’d played college basketball himself to help him through the dark days. When he was reinstated, he said he felt it took him a year to regain the trust of his team.

On the court, he took a step back, too.

A stress fracture in his right foot hobbled him his junior year and his senior year averages still weren’t as strong as his sophomore season. But Bucks scouting director Billy McKinney said Heytvelt’s desire to discuss and accept his past makes him a good draft candidate.

“It shows a great deal of maturity,” McKinney said. “Sometimes it’s so hard and embarrassing when you make a mistake like that and you’re a high-profile person. Whether you’re in sports or business, a lot of people want to cover it up.”

Instead, Heytvelt wants to show what he’s playing for. His daughter’s name is tattooed on one shoulder and a bible verse is on the other.

“I made some really dumb choices for the first few months that she was in this world,” he said. “I’m really thankful that it didn’t ruin my life because she possibly wouldn’t have a dad.”

Heytvelt is projected to be an early to mid second-round pick, which doesn’t mean a guaranteed contract. He’ll work out for about 17 teams before the draft.

“I’d just be happy to go anywhere,” Heytvelt said. “I’d be ecstatic if somebody picked me in the first round, but I just want to make it somewhere and work as hard as I can when I’m there.”

06-05-2009, 07:04 PM
I would rather look at Pendergraph with one of the late picks, assuming he lasts that long.
Well, Pendergraph isn't lasting until the 50's, and Heytvelt's stock may be dropping after Chad Ford's reported lack of effort at a workout. I'd still rather trade out of those picks or go with [insert obscure Euro here].

06-07-2009, 01:34 AM
Josh Heytvelt: "Iím a much different person now"
by: Joey Whelan

June 6, 2009

Itís been an interesting road for Gonzaga big man Josh Heytvelt. After being a relatively unheralded high school prospect, ranking behind players like David McClure and Mohammed Tangara, the power forward burst onto the national scene during his sophomore year, averaging close to a double-double. In the midst of his blossoming talent though, Heytvelt hit a series of bumps in the road including felony drug possession charges during his sophomore year and suffering a stress fracture in his right foot during his junior season.

Despite the sometimes turbulent nature of his first three seasons in Spokane, Heytvelt managed to bounce back this year and post a solid senior campaign. His numbers improved significantly from the previous season and he began to look more like the player who first drew the attention of NBA scouts two years ago. Since the season ended he has been going through the hectic process that is the preparation for draft night, partaking in a slew of individual workouts in addition to attending the NBA combine in Chicago.

Before a recent workout with yet another NBA team, Heytvelt sat down with DraftExpress to talk about his training, his journey back from troubled waters and what heís been hearing as far as his stock is concerned.

DraftExpress: Since your season ended at Gonzaga where have you been training?

Josh Heytvelt: Iíve been training in the DC area since the 18th of April. Iíve been doing basketball workouts with David Atkins and lifting workouts with a guy by the name of Alan Stein.

DX: Have you been working out with any other players?

JH: On a day-to-day basis I usually work out with Greivis Vasquez, Mouphtauo Yarou ,who is going to be a freshman at Villanova, and Iíve done some workouts with Kevin Durant.

DX: What are you focusing on in your training?

JH: Iíve been working on a lot of the offensive stuff, a lot of pick and pop work. Iím working on back to the basket moves and weíve been playing a lot of one-on-one so Iíve had to step out and cover guards. Iím really trying to work on my defense.

DX: Can you give us a self scouting report of your game?

JH: Obviously I think my offense is my strength. Iím a pick and pop big guy, I run the floor really well and Iím multi-dimensional on offense. For my weaknesses, I think I need to play with more energy and just play strong defense all the time.

DX: How do you think things went at the NBA combine in Chicago?

JH: I think the combine was really good; I think it showcased my skills pretty well. I would have liked to see some more basketball because we didnít play any 5-on-5, I would have liked something of that sort.

DX: At the combine you measured out at 6-11 in shoes and your wingspan was recorded as being just over 7-2. How much do you think those numbers are going to help your stock?

JH: I really have no idea, but I donít think those types of things play too much of a role in a team picking a player. They have so much background information on everyone beforehand that I donít think being a half inch taller or your arms being an inch longer than they thought will really change anyoneís mind about you.

DX: During the interview sessions in Chicago, did any of the teams bring up some of the off the court issues that youíve dealt with in the past?

JH: Yeah, I mean I talked about that stuff at every interview. I brought it up to most teams because Iím not trying to hide it, I talk about it and go through the whole process. I really put it out there that Iím a much different person now than I was back then.

DX: What teams have you worked out for so far?

JH: Iíve worked out for Oklahoma, Cleveland, Miami, Boston, Minnesota-- which was a group workout-- and Detroit.

DX: How do you think the workouts have gone?

JH: I think theyíve gone real well so far. Iíve had one bad workout and thatís the only bad workout Iím going to have from here on out.

DX: Have you gotten any feedback from teams that youíve worked out for?

JH: They mainly talk to my agent just because he has a good relationship with most of them. Iíve had teams tell me you know you can work on this or this; they want me to get better at defense or rebounding. Each team has their own things that they want me to get better at, but mostly everything Iíve heard back has been good.

DX: Have you heard anything in regards to where your stock is right now?

JH: I think Iím around the top of the second round, but you know Iím doing everything that I can right now to raise my stock as high as I possibly can.

DX: After you suffered your foot injury and missed so much time during your junior year, it looked like you lost some of the athleticism you had during your sophomore year. Do you feel like youíve completely recovered from the injury, or do you think thereís more left in the tank that you can show off at the next level?

JH: Yeah, obviously I think that everyone can raise their game at the next level when all they have to focus on is basketball. I definitely donít feel any pain; there are no problems from the injuries. I know that when I get the time to focus and get more agile, I think that will really elevate my game a lot.

DX: This year your numbers dropped off in some areas from your production during your sophomore season when you first burst onto the scene. Was there any reason for the drop off in your stats?

JH: We had a lot of depth this year, this is probably one of the best teams Iíve ever been a part of. Anyone was capable of doing anything on any given night and the offense was focused on me as much as it was during my sophomore year. That could have played into it a little bit, but I think it was mostly just the depth of the team.

DX: Is there anyone in the NBA right now that you think your game compares to or that you try to model your game after?

JH: Iíve been told that my game is kind of like Brad Miller or Mehmet Okur. Those are just a couple of the guys that Iíve been told to play like.

DX: What do you see your role as being in the NBA?

JH: Next year I just want to have the chance to play for somebody and come in and make as big of an impact as possible with whatever team gives me a chance. Long term I want to be in the NBA for ten to fifteen years and be a big time player with some team. Iím going to work as hard I can to be able to do that.


Mr. Body
06-16-2009, 01:49 AM
If he had any defensive presence, I'd feel better about him.

06-18-2009, 04:44 AM
Draftexpress has the Spurs taking him at 37 in their latest mock draft (http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2009/).
And Pendergraph at 38...

Funny side note on Heytvelt:
"Best Case: Matt Bonner
Worst Case: Damir Markota"

06-18-2009, 05:33 AM
I'd much rather take pendergraph or taj gibson who are much more athletic than heytvelt.

Mr. Body
06-18-2009, 09:22 AM
Again, he has no defensive presence. Much rather take Taj.

06-19-2009, 08:37 PM
Spurs already have Bonner. I hope they pick somebody else at 37.

Mr. Body
06-19-2009, 08:44 PM
Well, I feel he's much better than Matt Bonner. But then I think Matt Bonner blows donkey dick, so there's that.

06-22-2009, 05:28 AM
Hilarious that he got in so much trouble for doing mushrooms in college... doesn't everyone do mushrooms in college??

At least he didn't get busted cheating on the SATs like Brandon Jennings! Who, by the way, faced no consequences for cheating.... his punishment was he got to live in Italy for a year instead of Tucson....