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Mikhail Torrance collapses on court, in critical but stable condition

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torrance-college.jpgMikhail Torrance went into this draft pick as an intriguing prospect — a 6’5″ point guard with some flash out of Alabama.

But he also had a known heart condition — an enlarged heart — that had never slowed him in college but gave NBA teams pause and he went undrafted. He signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv to play next season overseas.

In a tragic turn of events, Torrance collapsed on the court Friday and nearly died, he remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition, according to FanHouse.

Torrance was in training for the season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida when he collapsed during a workout. The silver lining of this is that if you are going to have health issues this was about the best place for it to happen, with multiple trainers and medical staff able to get there and help him almost instantly. Early reports said he was in an induced coma but was to be brought out of it so that they could assess where he is in terms of brain function.

His basketball future is certainly murky now, but the fact he has a future on the planet is what really matters. Our best wishes and prayers are with him and his family.

Mikhail Torrance to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Despite lacking notable second round depth, this year’s draft left a number of intriguing undrafted players to be picked up in free agency. However, most of them appear to be heading overseas, as whatever flaws prevented them from being drafted still persist in the minds of NBA decision-makers.

Among them is Mikhail Torrance, a tremendously athletic point guard prospect out of Alabama who was thought to be a sure-fire second rounder. It wasn’t so, as a heart condition presented enough of a concern for NBA teams to look elsewhere despite the slim point guard crop. Now, according to the Euroleague’s official website, Torrance will head to Israel to play with top-flight club Maccabi Tel Aviv (via Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside).

As noted by Schroeder (in citing our own Ira Winderman), Torrance was on the Summer League roster of the Miami Heat before being released just prior to the League’s commencement. That significantly hurt his chances of receiving a training camp invite, but Maccabi is a terrific place for quasi-NBA players to refine their skills before making a comeback. Torance has a one-year deal with a team option for year two, so it’s not unthinkable that we’d see him in the NBA in a season or so.

NBA Draft: PBT's second rounders to watch

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Zoubek_duke.jpgMichael Redd. Carlos Boozer. Gilbert Arenas. Dennis Rodman. Manu Ginobili.

Guys fall through to the second round that can ball. Guys like those above. History tells us most of the guys drafted in the second round Thursday will get a shot in the NBA, only 10 or so will stick, but one or two will be steals. Some GM is going to take the right risk.

Here are the guys you want to see your team take in the second round.

Ryan Richards: If I have one NBA Draft rule, it’s don’t take a British teenager. But there has to be an exception to every rule. He is a 6’10” bundle of raw, but with great athleticism and a smooth jumper. To me the second round should be about risks. This is the kind of guy you draft then send to the D-League for a year or two. Get him some personal coaching. He hasn’t found a home in Europe and may be a guy who is a good athlete but has no feel for the game. The playgrounds of Kent don’t teach you that. But he also could learn and turn out to be special. He’s worth the risk after pick 40. –Kurt Helin

Samardo Samuels: Samuels has a terrific set of fundamentals (footwork, awareness, etc.) but is a 6-8 PF/C. He’s the very definition of undersized. But in the second round you can handle the risk on kids that can “just play.” Samuels is a smart acquisition for a team with some house money in the second. –Matt Moore

Brian Zoubek: In the second round, I’m an Occam’s Razor guy. Too many teams try to get way, way too cute with their second-round picks. If you can easily picture a second-round pick being an NBA rotation player for the next couple of years, he’s worthy of a second-round pick.

I can picture Zoubek being an NBA rotation player. He was the center on an NCAA Championship, he’s played under pressure at Duke, he’s played under Coach K, and he knows his role. Zoubek was the best per-minute offensive rebounder in college basketball last season, and his True Shooting Percentage was at 64%. Is he going to be the next Manu Ginobili or Carlos Boozer? Almost certainly not. But he could be a 7-foot version of Jon Brockman. In the second round, a team could do a lot worse than a 7-foot version of Jon Brockman. –John Krolik

Mikhail Torrance: Maybe it’s just my affinity for big point guards, but I see a 6’5” playmaker and go weak in the knees. Not only does Torrance’s size afford him some advantages at the point, but I’m very interested in seeing what having a 6’5” PG means on defense. Mikhail isn’t seen as a defensive standout, but having a point with off-guard size means that a team can do some interesting things with undersized shooting guards. Maybe that’s just me being whimsical, but either way, Mikhail is a legitimate point guard with some flash. –Rob Mahoney