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ZagNative
06-11-2010, 03:48 PM
Thoughtful and informative interview with Matt from Hoopsworld.com (http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=16456). Some mysteries solved, for me at least.
Proven Bouldin Ready To Contribute
By: Alex Kennedy Last Updated: 6/11/10 4:28 PM ET

Gonzaga point guard Matt Bouldin is deep in thought. He is trying to put into words how he feels about the process leading up the NBA Draft and how it favors raw players with potential over the proven talents with experience. Unlike most prospects that have an arsenal of clichés to spew at reporters, Bouldin takes in each question and then carefully chooses the right words to answer.

"That's just how it goes, it's part of the process," he said before pausing for several seconds. "I don't know how much I've enjoyed the actual process. I mean a lot of these teams have seen us play for four years. I think that's a lot of time to evaluate our game. Then a lot of these situations we go in, we're playing one-on-one, three-on-three, or two-on-two and that doesn't play to some player's strengths. They may be a lot better in a five-on-five setting. I don't know. The whole process is definitely different but necessary."

After spending four years at Gonzaga, Bouldin is ready to prove he can contribute at the next level. At one point considered one of the premier guard prospects in the country due to his excellent court vision and high basketball IQ, injuries and a disappointing run from the Bulldogs in his senior season have set the combo guard back and he's now projected as a second-round pick. While his stock took a slight hit last year, he doesn't regret returning for his senior year.

"I really considered it my junior year, leaving early and at least testing the waters, especially since it was the last year before they had that new rule that they just put in this year. My biggest thing was that I really loved college. I had a really good time there, I loved my friends, I loved the atmosphere, I loved the team and I wanted to win more games. I wanted to take the team deeper into the tournament. It didn't get done but that was something I wanted to do. That's probably why I didn't leave early. I don't regret it at all," he said.And here's the mystery solved:
At the start of this process, Bouldin was limited by what he thought was an Achilles' injury. "I'm glad that I actually got this injury fixed, there was a long time where we didn't really know what it was. I thought I had an Achilles' problem, I thought I had a tear in my Achilles' which would have been drastic, but it ended up just being a bone spur somewhere in my heel," he explained. "We went in there and we got it fixed and now I feel great. It definitely slowed me a little bit in terms of training more so than being out there and being seen. I don't think I got to hit it as hard as I could have early in the process."

Not being able to get into the gym hurt Bouldin and his first workout - the Minnesota group workout - didn't go as well as he had hoped.

"That first [workout] in Minnesota was probably my worst, I felt, just in terms of the way I played. But they just keep getting better," he said.

But Matt couldn't have performed too badly. His workout schedule is full and there is a list of interested teams wanting to take a look at him. "I saw the Wizards, the Bucks, and the Bulls. I go to Oklahoma City on the 13th, the Lakers on the 14th, and then I go to Portland, San Antonio, and Dallas," he said.Lots more at Hoopsworld here (http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=16456).

Go Matty B!

Reborn
06-11-2010, 04:21 PM
Thanks ZG for the Post. Great info. It sounds like Matt is doing well. It was good to get a confirmation of what I believed all alolng, that he had a foot injury. Matt had no lift on his layups. Matt was deadly with that left handed layup he shot after coming off screens, and at the end of the year he just couldn't make that layup. My bet is that it's on his right foot. And a foot injury would definitely affect his shooting, cutting, defense. Everything really. Matt was having such a great year, and all of a sudden it changed. I would love to know when He got the injury. I bet it was during that game we lost on the road at San Francisco I think.

It was really nice reading about how he felt about Gonzaga, his friends and the whole college scene. Nice.

Xin Loi 67
06-11-2010, 07:48 PM
Jumped on in the Memphis game and again in the SF game. Increasingly worse as season continued. Could not cut or elevate started relying on his right leg and his right leg naturally started going bad. He was continually treated for among other things both his left and right achillies. After the season he continued to recieve treatment until graduation. The day after driving back from 509 he got on a plane and went to David Thorpe's camp in Florida for 2 weeks training and prep. He was there a week and came home to consult with his sports doctor/trainer and three specialists here, MRI insued and they found a spur or growth beneath his achillies just above the left heel. All three Dr's agreed on treatment simple injections and treatments. The next day he was elevating to about 90%. He was training here and getting intense treatment for the rest of the week and felt he was ready for the road. Timberwolves combine, Wizards, Bucks then Bulls steadly improving with legs, confidence and outlook. He decided to not go to NJ and came home instead for more treatment & training. He among other things he is back running the "Rocks" can't do that on bum legs at least, not with his intensity.

Forward, OK & LA back to back, Portland, Dallas then the Spurs. Other teams are asking about his schedule for workouts and others for return visits. He's busy and ready. His shot is right there. Example hit his first 17 in a row in the pro 3 point drill and finished 28 for 30.

Just too bad he was never sent for an MRI when he started having problems with his leg but, you know Matt was afraid of what might be found himself. I would have given most anything to see him healthy the last of the season but organizations do what they have to and players will give all to stay in the game. Since Matt is confident in making the injury public along with part of his schedule and his views, I guess it's all right for me to give some insight as time goes on.

End of season until now his stock has gone up and we are looking for good things.

Later, JB

Reborn
06-11-2010, 08:30 PM
Thank you. I do appreciate it a lot. Best of luck to Matt.

U Zig, I Zag
06-11-2010, 08:40 PM
Jumped on in the Memphis game and again in the SF game. Increasingly worse as season continued. Could not cut or elevate started relying on his right leg and his right leg naturally started going bad. He was continually treated for among other things both his left and right achillies. After the season he continued to recieve treatment until graduation. The day after driving back from 509 he got on a plane and went to David Thorpe's camp in Florida for 2 weeks training and prep. He was there a week and came home to consult with his sports doctor/trainer and three specialists here, MRI insued and they found a spur or growth beneath his achillies just above the left heel. All three Dr's agreed on treatment simple injections and treatments. The next day he was elevating to about 90%. He was training here and getting intense treatment for the rest of the week and felt he was ready for the road. Timberwolves combine, Wizards, Bucks then Bulls steadly improving with legs, confidence and outlook. He decided to not go to NJ and came home instead for more treatment & training. He among other things he is back running the "Rocks" can't do that on bum legs at least, not with his intensity.

Forward, OK & LA back to back, Portland, Dallas then the Spurs. Other teams are asking about his schedule for workouts and others for return visits. He's busy and ready. His shot is right there. Example hit his first 17 in a row in the pro 3 point drill and finished 28 for 30.

Just too bad he was never sent for an MRI when he started having problems with his leg but, you know Matt was afraid of what might be found himself. I would have given most anything to see him healthy the last of the season but organizations do what they have to and players will give all to stay in the game. Since Matt is confident in making the injury public along with part of his schedule and his views, I guess it's all right for me to give some insight as time goes on.

End of season until now his stock has gone up and we are looking for good things.

Later, JB

Excellent info! I can't wait for draft day. Looking forward to seeing Matt's name called. I really hope that the teams he has worked out for understand he was injured to some extent (seemingly) the entire season last year. It looks fixable and a healthy Matt is an NBA guard IMHO.

http://www.thesportsbank.net/core/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/matt-bouldin.jpg

ZagsObserver
06-11-2010, 09:44 PM
Many surprises in that article. Many kudos to Bouldin for staying! I was surprised that he considered leaving that strongly after his Junior year, I was surprised that the author of the article perceived him as having a down year as a senior, and I was also surprised that the author likewise though that he took a hit by staying for his Senior campaign. I don't know that I agree with either account, but at any rate, hope he gets drafted and finds a good fit!

GonzagaNative
06-13-2010, 10:04 PM
Bouldin should have left after freshman year in my opinion :D :D ;)